On the day his heartfelt tribute song to Nate Dogg, “This is Dedicated to You,” hit iTunes (April 26), Warren G shares his plans to deliver a star-studded video and EP in honor of his late music partner.
The Long Beach, California, native reveals that the song, intended to honor Nate’s work, was originally in the works prior to the singer’s death on March 15.
“I was crushed because I was just talking to Cee Lo [Green], talking about doing a song for Nate, and like maybe two days after that is when everything happened,” G tells BET.com. “So I was real messed up because I didn’t even get a chance to see him like I was gon' do when I got back. I usually go see him, so I didn’t get a chance to. It was just a messed-up situation.”
The 213 band member also says he’s working on a five- to six-song EP, using tracks from an album he and Nate collaborated on but had yet to release. The project will feature guest appearances from DJ Quik, E-40, B.o.B, Game and Cee Lo Green.
In addition to these artists, the West Coast veteran plans to invite all of the other artists who have reached out to him in the days since Nate Dogg's passing to participate in the visuals for the tribute song.
“I’ma do a nice video off this song,” Warren promises. “I’ma drop them in the video saying, ‘Rest in peace, Nate Dogg.’”
Proceeds from “This is Dedicated to You” will go to the trust fund Snoop set up for Nate’s family members.
The EP is expected to drop mid-June or early July. After that the G-Child plans on getting right back in the studio to finally finish a project he described as the sequel to his 1994 debut, Regulate...G-Funk Era.
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