The G-funk genius wants his music back.
Warren G is planning to re-record his debut album so that he can own the master recordings. Speaking to Billboard, the West Coast veteran said Def Jam didn’t want to give up the rights to Regulate… G Funk Era:
“I’m gonna do a re-recording of the whole album, so then I own my masters. Right now, Def Jam owns my masters. They don’t want to give them back and I need to get them back because they been living off me for over 20 years.
“I just want to be able to get my music back in my possession and I owe it. I could live off my own music. If they don’t give them back to me, I’ll re-record the whole album and then that’s considered… I would own the masters of those master recordings. That would all be for me.”
He added that he wants to include “a few new kinks” in the re-recording, namechecking Kendrick Lamar: “We were rehearsing right before the BET Experience and he was like, ‘I need one of them bangers.’ I was like, “All right. Just get at me.” I gave him my number.”
Meanwhile, Warren’s new Regulate… G Funk Era Pt II EP is packed with unreleased Nate Dogg vocals and is far better than it has any right to be – watch the video for ‘My House’ below.