Warren Griffin III is better known by his stage name Warren G. He’s a legendary rapper and hip hop producer who came from the G-Funk era. He is Dr. Dre's step brother. His biggest hit to date was the single "Regulate" with Nate Dogg released in 1994. Now he is back with his sixth studio album The G Files. Check out what he had to say to Nikhil Sharma.
Nikhil Sharma: It’s an honour to be able to Interview an artist such as yourself so thank you for taking the time out to talk to me. First off, how would you describe the West Coast Hip-Hop scene at the moment and do you think it’s changed since 1994?
Warren G: The West Coast scene at the moment is a lot of the younger artists trying to make a name for themselves. It changed a lot as far as so many different artists that are unknown trying to get into the game. Not that that’s a problem, but we have to wait until a Warren G, a Dr. Dre, a Snoop Dogg, an Ice Cube or guys like that to open the doors for the young cats. Like the Detox, like when Dre puts out the Detox, that will bring all of the attention to the West Coast. So once all of the attention is back on the west coast, then all of the artists that are trying to be the next superstar from the West can get in and really let people hear and see what they have going on.
Nikhil Sharma: Explain your new album “The G Files” to me what is it about?
Warren G: I’m more on some soulful blues; I’m not just going crazy on this. It’s nice and smooth, it’s a record you can drive to, smoke to, dance to and travel to. It’s just a good record; it’s not a stressful record.
Nikhil Sharma: How would you describe your sound to people who haven’t heard your music before?
Warren G: Hardcore drums, smooth melodies with a melodic flow. And heavy bass lines.
Nikhil Sharma: How was it being able to work with artists such as MC Breed, the legendary Tupac and of course Snoop Dogg?
Warren G: It’s incredible. It just let me know that the music I was doing was good music, that people really felt it and understood it. Those guys felt it and understood it so it made me feel really good. It was incredible.
Nikhil Sharma: What are your views on Hip-Hop as a whole at this moment in time?
Warren G: We gotta support one another more.
Nikhil Sharma: Has the way you rhyme and your lyricism changed since 1994, if so how?
Warren G: It hasn’t changed at all, I’m still Warren. I don’t try to follow what everybody is doing lyrically. I just be me! I just do me!
Nikhil Sharma: Can we expect anything new from 213 in the future?
Warren G: Hopefully. We’re just trying to see how Nate Dogg recovers. Once he gets all the way back right, there it is… it’s definitely gonna be a whole new era.
Nikhil Sharma: This is a question everyone wants to know the answer to; do you have any info on Detox by Dr. Dre? Most importantly when is it coming out?!
Warren G: All I can tell you is that there’s a lot of great music that I’ve heard on there. The records I’ve heard are incredible and those weren’t the ones that got leaked. Its gonna be an incredible album, I can’t wait.
Nikhil Sharma: How do fans respond when they see you on stage and is there a crowd that really gets into the music more than others?
Warren G: Every time I get on stage, no matter where it is, they love everything thing I do. The love is there everywhere I perform. Everybody is the same; they just go crazy when I get on there.
Nikhil Sharma: Do your songs have a message? If so, what is the message?
Warren G: My songs have different messages. For instance, I have a song called “Hold On” and what that message is, is that even though we’re going through these hard times you gotta hold on and keep your head up. Understand that everything will get better. If you’re at the bottom you can’t do nothing but go up.
Nikhil Sharma: What is your definition of REAL Hip-Hop?
Warren G: My definition of Hip-Hop music is a genre of music that is built through lifestyles and feelings.
Nikhil Sharma: On a serious note, who won the battle between you and DJ Whoo Kid on DJ Hero?
Warren G: I did. It’s on film!
Nikhil Sharma: Finally, what does the future hold for Warren G?
Warren G: The future for Warren G is nothing but good. A lot of film and TV, a lot of great productions, a lot of up and coming new artists. Hopefully I’ll be to the UK real soon to come out to do some performances and have a good time and enjoy myself out there and work hard.