News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Warren G Talks Recruiting Raekwon & Travis Barker For "G-Files" Album

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 11:05AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With today's release of Warren G's The G-Files, the West Coast rap veteran kicked back with SOHH to discuss his latest effort and why there are significantly fewer guest features than previous LPs.

According to Warrren, the rapper's rushed schedule and independent label distribution partially played a part in him not being able to snag all the features he would have liked.

"Well, when you're doing independent records, it's kinda hard to reach out to people that you really wanna reach out to because a lot of these cats, I may not know 'em but I may respect their work," G explained. "But when you get at 'em, you go through their managers and all that sh*t and end up being like, 'Okay, we'll we're gonna charge you 50 to 70,000 [dollars] and I'm not getting ready to do that. But then, it's a lot of artists who's vets in the game like a Kanye West, a Jay-Z, if I get at them, those guys'll come get down. But I didn't have enough time to reach out to these guys and time enough to close the record, the company was on my head, so I went ahead and worked with the people I had which was Raekwon, Travis Barker -- Ray J." (SOHH)

Despite the initial drawbacks, Warren was still able to provide fans with an ample amount of features.

The G Files, which is set to surface Sept. 29, is the rapper's sixth studio album. The forthcoming set features guest performances by Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, Nate Dogg, Nicc, Cassie Davis and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, among others. The first single from the album, "She Got Her Own Ringtone," was released in June of last year. A second single, "Crush," featuring singer Ray J, surfaced in February. (Live Daily)

The album will follow-up his 2005 effort, In The Mid-Nite Hour.

Warren G took nearly three years to complete his second album, returning in the spring of 1997 with Take A Look Over Your Shoulder, which was greeted with decidedly mixed reviews and weak sales. I Want It All followed in 1999 with The Return of the Regulator appearing two years later. In 2005 he signed with Lightyear Enterntainment and released In the Mid-Nite Hour. (All Music)

Aside from the new LP, Warren is currently preparing to hit the road for a nationwide tour.

And, the regulator will be headlining a national tour that kicks off with his album release party at The Roxy in Los Angeles on October 1. After that he?ll have a couple weeks before his next gig on October 27 in Austin, Texas. The tour is set to wrap on November 24 in San Francisco. (S2S Magazine)

Check out a portion of Warren G's SOHH interview below:

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