Kokane’s G-Funk Nuggets

May 16, 2008


The frenzy over Suge Knight's Debo moment on TMZ somehow managed to get us on a home listening Cali kick. Starting with Death Row perennials, moving on to soundtracks for gangsta flicks we shouldn't have been watching were too young to appreciate at the time...but when it was time to dig into deep cuts and slept-on jams, the task proved easier said than done. For such a fertile period in music, there's nowhere near the amount of DJ tributes or blog-strospectives you see all the time for comparatively obscure Bay Area 12" records or NYC cassette mixes. We want our secret history of g-funk, dammit, and we're not about to start buying yellowed copies of Rap Pages on eBay! PHUKK! Fortunately, Dubcnn came through with the final half of their two part interview with Kokane, sideman on Westside rap records for almost three decades (not to mention his own psych-y releases on Ruthless). The Q&A is packed with anecdotes about everything from the real roots of the Dre vs Eazy feud, how Outkast and the Dungeon Family were huge Above The Law fans, and even a cameo from Lil Half Dead (who also pops up in F26!). Suffice it to say, it's a perfect Friday afternoon geek-out, even if you weren't looking at NWA YouTubes all week.

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Kokane’s G-Funk Nuggets