Veteran West Coast producer and rapper Warren G is putting the finishing touches on his sixth solo album The G Files, which is due out in October.
In an exclusive interview with AllHipHop.com, Warren G shed light on the vision he has planned for the album.
I dont like to put a whole bunch of guest appearances of artists that are known, but I do like to take the unknown talent and let them get in, Warren G explained to AllHipHop.com, alluding to his past work with artists such as Bishop Lamont, Ice Cube, Tha Dogg Pound and others. So that way I can help them jump start their careers.
One well known name confirmed for the album is singer Ray J, who is featured on the second single Crush.
While surprising to many, Warren discloses that the fit was natural.
I knew him since he was a young buck hanging out at Snoops house, he stated. I called him up like dude, I got this hot record, the hook is ready all you gotta do is learn it. He jumped on it and laid it down. The records been bubbling ever since.
Warren verified that he will do his fair share of rhyming on the album.
However, the Grammy-nominated producer made it clear that his primary focus is providing the signature G-Funk sound thats defined his career.
Im a producer, states a steadfast Warren G. Im not one of those cats thats gonna get on and say Im an incredible MC that should be in the top 5 and all that. Im not saying I cant rap because I can, but Im a producer first.
While West Coast Hip-Hop continues to thrive on a regional level, nationally many talented artists fail to gain exposure in todays climate.
As a West Coast artist whose name is still well-known to the general public, Warren G plans to use The G Files to create new avenues for artists in his region.
I can be the door-opener because theres a gang of talent out here and they aint got no avenues. Either you go through Interscope or you go through sh*t I dont even know who else! Warren laughed. The doors aint being opened. The talent not being heard out here is incredible.
The G Files will also feature appearances from Snoop Dogg, Paul Wall, Lil Keke, and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
The album is scheduled for release on October 28.