Warren G Releases Tribute Song For Nate Dogg, Proceeds To Benefit Family, “This Is Dedicated To You” Out Now
* * * * * * * * * Warren G has recorded a digital single in memory of longtime friend, and 213 bandmate Nate Dogg
(Los Angeles, CA - April 29, 2011 /2SPR) - Warren G has released a tribute to Nate Dogg, the legendary hip-hop singer who passed away last month, aged 41. All proceeds from the single will benefit Nate Dogg’s family.
Long Beach rapper/producer Warren G recorded “This Is Dedicated To You”, as a heartfelt tribute to his lifelong friend and musical partner. The song, which features soul singer LaToiya Williams, finds Warren paying homage to Nate, reflecting on the late G-Funk pioneer’s legacy, envisioning how the world will be without his presence. “A true artist indeed, you made your own lane / All these albums we drop will never be the same / Without your voice on ‘em / I’m thinkin’ that’s the key / Choked up, smoked out, riding to these melodies,” he raps.
Nate Dogg, real name Nathaniel Hale, began his career as a rap trio in Long Beach called 213 (Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G ) in the early 1990s. With one of the most distinct voices in hip-hop, he exploded onto the music scene as Warren G's partner-in-crime on the hit "Regulate."
The four-time Grammy nominee went on to feature on such hits as 50 Cent's “21 Questions”, Dr. Dre's “The Next Episode,” Eminem's “Shake That” and “Area Codes” by Ludacris. In addition to appearing on every great rap album from The Chronic to Doggystyle to All Eyez on Me to Get Rich or Die Tryin', Nate released two solo albums of his own, which included Billboard hit singles such as “Never Leave Me Alone” w/ Snoop Dogg, “Nobody Does It Better” w/ Warren G and “I Got Love.”
Nate Dogg’s monotone crooning anchored some of rap's most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop.
“This Is Dedicated To You”, available now at all digital retailers. Proceeds go directly to Nate Dogg's mother, and the Nate Dogg Foundation.
Bay area-based duo Rel & JBillion are preparing their debut release MVMNT as a free album download on May 17th. To get us properly excited for the release, the duo are releasing their 2nd official video off the project today with "Soul Clap."
With JBillion on vocals and Rel on production and directorial duties, the video is a brief introduction to the duo and a snapshot of daily life in the Bay. Over a reverberating soul clap, JBillion asks, "If you ever lived in the ghetto but got out that shit, or still in the ghetto with the goons and the pits, Can I get a soul clap?" Both Rel & JBillion are mainstays on the bubbling revive of San Francisco's hip-hop scene alongside DaVinci, TiRon, Keelay and more.
The Unique Squared Mobile Studio team is now set to begin the promotional campaign for The Official SXSW Mixtape, presented by Quality Control Marketing & UniqueSquared.com. Following the precedent set by the first Unique Squared Mixtape, Mobile Studio brainchild Amond ‘AJ’ Jackson, along with Program Director Soul Wallace were determined to set the bar once again. For the mixtape's first leak, the ATL beast 4-Ize links up with Brooklyn producer Von Pea of Tonya Morgan to bring us ‘People‘. This song also serves as the music to their SXSW recap video, which you can view below. Be sure to download "People" and check the cover artwork as viewed in your iTunes media player to receive your 10% off discount code, good for any purchase at UniqueSquared.com!
MP3: Kokayi - "Summery" Feat. Substantial and Tamara Wellons
New Single, Formerly Available On Vinyl Only, Celebrates The Year's Warmer Months
There is no feeling like the first summery day after a long, arduous winter, and Kokayi's latest single, "Summery," is the anthem for that feeling. The Grammy-nominated Washington D.C. native has been shining brightly as a multi-faceted musician since he debuted in 2007 with Mass Instructions, with side projects ranging from recording tracks for ESPN with Stalley to becoming an in-house producer for QN5 Music. His last album, Robots & Dinosaurs, released late last year, was highly acclaimed across the board, and his video for "RoxTar" recently garnered a mtvU.com Freshman Five win.
Now, as Kokayi preps a remix EP for Robots & Dinosaurs, he's releasing for the first time a song that had previously online seen release on vinyl, "Summery." The track starts off with a "WOO!" which is the appropriate reaction to stepping outside on a warm day. "I wanted to try and capture that sunny feeling; I wanted people to pump this as they drove with the big 18's in the trunk, so the bass knocks," says Kokayi, citing The Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff's "Summertime" and the general feeling of the coming season as main inspirations for the song. Kokayi also brought on Baltimore MC and fellow QN5 label mate Substantial and soulful songstress Tamara Wellons to complete the funky, carefree production. "Substantial is the homie; his perspective and voice always mesh well with the sonic creations I come up with," explains Kokayi. "Tamara was a no-brainer. She is a good friend and I love the tone of her voice, it just oozes sunshine."