With the West Coast making a re-emergence as of late with Dr. Dre and The Game working together, SOHH spoke with Warren G to find out if fans could expect a 213 reunion with Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg any time soon.
According to the rap veteran, talks have already been in place for a follow-up project to 2004’s The Hard Way.
“I’m talking to Snoop to try and do a new 213 album,” G revealed. “And we’d dedicate it to Nate. You know what I’m saying? It’s up to him if he wanna collaborate on it, we can do it. But I’ve been sending it out left and right for him to holler at me about it, we can talk and do it, you know what I’m saying? So it’s nothing, it’s easy.” (SOHH)
The threesome’s new project would be their first in five years.
However, the success Warren and Nate enjoyed with “Regulate” had simmered over the years. Both maintained lukewarm solo careers but couldn’t get a good break. Then came a one-off collaboration between these three former group mates: “So Fly,” a mixtape freestyle send-up of Monica‘s hit single “So Gone.” The song became a surprise radio and underground hit in summer 2003 and quickly led to an album deal with TVT Records. The reunited 213 then hit the studio, and roughly a year later, in August 2004, The Hard Way was released to much fanfare, preceded by the release of lead single “Groupie Luv.” (All Music)
Released late last month, Warren G previously spoke with SOHH about The G-Files.
“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)
Check out a portion of Warren G’s SOHH interview below: