Warren G new CD release and Katrina talk
Posted on September 22, 2005 by Jamie Slaughter
NEW YORK, NY September 2005 ? At the stroke of 12:00 a.m., early IN THE MID-NITE HOUR on October 11, 2005, the latest incarnation of the G Funk era will be marked by the legendary hip-hop artist/producer Warren G when he releases his fifth studio CD and first in four years.
Leading off the set is the poignant first single, "Get U Down," featuring G with Cypress Hill's B Real and Watts-based soul singers Side Effect, which offers a message of support for victims of hard times everywhere. The track is already at radio, blowing up first at hometown LA's Power 106 and The Beat, with airplay now moving East to such centers as Chicago and Miami, where the provocative beat teases what's to come on the rest of IN THE MID-NITE HOUR's platter.
"A lot of things go on in the midnight hour," Warren expresses,
"but I stayed up in the midnight hour making this record. I touch on everything and it's bundled in one big ball of funk." Sporting a 2 K 5 update to his trademark smoothed-out sound, the G child stays on the course that led him to gold and platinum CD success, those classic hits "Regulate," "This DJ" and "I Want It All," and made him one of the most influential artists of his time. As he spouts to the insomniacs that have slept on his past achievements and his future hit-making potential on IN THE MID-NITE HOUR's minimalist beat/rhyme, head wracker "Make It Do What It Do:"
I helped start this thang, these suckas wanna act like they forgot my name
But without the G, you can't spell the game
So it's impossible not to have me in it
It's not gangsta unless it has the G in it
Along with Warren IN THE MID-NITE HOUR are other guest collaborators including Raphael Saadiq, as well as young rising stars Aftermath's Bishop Lamont, G Funk Productions╣ Frank Lee White (the latter two intro-ed to Warren by half-brother Dr. Dre), G Funk Productions' Chuck Taylor, and Chevy Jones. Chop and screw rap expert Mike Jones rides with Warren and watches his back on "In Case Some Sh$# Go Down," the album's second single.
The still rising first single, "Get U Down," tackles a myriad of issues, from black-on-brown violence in Los Angeles to our military entanglements in the Middle East, and a special version, "Get U Down Part 2" featuring a special dedication to Hurricane Katrina victims as well as guest spots by Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, reminds people to stay strong and positive. Details are currently being worked out so that proceeds from various downloads of "Part 2" will go to the Red Cross to help Katrina aid relief efforts.
"A lot of people aren't really touching on what's going on and they gotta wake up," he says. "Even though we go through hard times you still have to smile, know that God is gonna work it out. That's for the victims of Katrina and everybody around the world that's going through stressful times."
Kevin Hunter will direct the "Get U Down Part 2" video which will be shot next week in different Cali locales with Warren, B Real, Snoop and Cube. Paul Hunter will shoot "In Case Some Sh$# Go Down" shortly after that.