E-40 and Cali Rap Stars Unite for West Coast Fest

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Stars, classic hits, and just a touch of drama made for a memorable evening this past Thursday [March 21] at Downtown L.A.’s Club Nokia. Past, present and future generations of artists mostly from the left coast, came together to show why the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. To a fan of West Coast hip hop, the scene was almost surreal. Veteran MCs like Too $hort and Warren G traded hugs and handshakes as they discussed old times, while up and coming artists like Skeme, Problem, and Clyde Carson showed fans in attendance how the land of the Big Bear does it on stage.

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Rapper Nate Dogg Had No Friends, Some Say

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Date: Friday – February 10, 2012



Nate Dogg’s world-famous rap friends turned their backs on the singer when he needed them most … refusing to pitch in one cent towards his medical costs … this according Nate’s former associate, who’s on the hook for the $300k bill.

TMZ broke the story … Nate’s estate AND a record label owner named David Michery … were sued by the medical facility where Nate lived from 2008 to 2010 after suffering a massive stroke. A judge recently ruled in favor of the facility, which means David needs to pay up … or else.

David tells TMZ … he DID vouch for the bill back in 2010 … but only because nobody else would step up to the plate … “none of Nate’s so-called rapper friends.”

David says medical personnel told him it was imperative that Nate receive treatment at the CareMeridian center at the time … because the singer’s life was hanging in the balance.

“I was the only person who would come forward because I didn’t want him to die. Me and Nate have 20 years history together and I did what everyone should have done and tried to save his life … not let him get kicked out in the streets and die.”

David says he intends to pay the costs by releasing several never-before-heard Nate Dogg tracks that he claims he owns.

When asked if he regrets taking responsibility for Nate’s massive medical bill … David says, “Not at all … I would do it again in a minute. I just wish that the people he looked out for all these years and the people who claim to love him so much would help out.”

TMZ spoke with Warren G — who famously recorded “Regulate” with Nate — who tells us, “I rode with Nate ’til the end … I did what I could do for him with other things financially.”

He added, “If I was able to pay for his hospital bill, I would have. I made several calls to numerous people for help. I love Nate … he’s my brother.”

We called several other rappers who were close with Nate — so far no response.

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Multi-platinum Rap Artist Warren G To Release, “Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2”, Due This Year

Published: Wednesday – July 14, 2010

LOS ANGELES, July. 15 /2SPR/ – Multi-platinum recording artist Warren G, has announced that he will be releasing “Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2”, an E.P. to be made available at digital retailers later this year.

“Regulate… G Funk Era”, was the debut album from Warren G, in 1994 on Def Jam. The album went triple platinum stateside, selling over 4.5 million units worldwide, and debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard 200 after selling 176,000 in its release week. The lead single “Regulate” w/ Nate Dogg, was certified platinum, reached Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and received a Grammy Award Nomination in 1995, for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The album also birthed the hit singles “Do You See”, and “This D.J.”, which reached Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, being certified gold.

It is noted that in the early 1990’s, Def Jam created “Rush Associated Labels,” a larger moniker under which Def Jam and its various auxiliary labels would operate as subsidiaries under the PolyGram umbrella. By 1992, despite recent multi-platinum selling releases from LL Cool J., Public Enemy, and EPMD, Def Jam ran into severe financial troubles and was faced with folding. Salvation came in 1994, however, when PolyGram purchased Sony’s 50% stake in Def Jam Recordings — subsequently bringing the label into their fold. Following PolyGram’s acquisition of the company, Def Jam released Warren G’s “Regulate… G Funk Era”, which went triple platinum and effectively revived the label.

With seven LP’s (his reunion disc with Snoop and Nate Dogg 213? “The Hard Way” was released in 2004 and quickly went Gold) already under his belt, Warren G is expected to release the new set sometime this year.

“Regulate… G Funk Era: Part. 2”, coming soon.

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