The Legendary Kokane Chats With Starforcenetwork About New Music And Some Of His Favorite Collaborations



The Legendary Kokane has had the opportunity to work with some of hip hop’s most iconic artists throughout his legendary career. Kokane after 28  years of hard work and commitment, the Incredible performer “Kokane” breaks the world record as being the “Most featured” recording artist in the history of the music business. He started his career as a vocalist in the mid-1980s sometime recently in the long run signing to Eazy-E’s Ruth Records name in late 1989. His make a big appearance collection, Addictive Hip  Hop Muzick, made its debut in 1991, on which he was credited as “Who Am I?” to maintain a strategic distance from encroaching on laws which restricted the utilize of his regular moniker. His debut solo single, “Nickel Slick Nigga,” is featured on the Deep Cover soundtrack. In expansion to co-writing “Craving for Devastation” for N.W.A’s Niggaz4life,  he also contributed to other West Coast gangsta rap project such as Above the Law’s and Black Mafia Life. He released his second, 1994′s Funk Upon a Rhyme, Kokane decided to changed his style, consolidating an extraordinary bargain of singing and an unpredictable shape of G-funk. He would leave Ruthless Records shortly after Eazy-E’s death in 1995. He was supposed to be on Tupac Shakur’s One Nation collaboration album, alongside others, before Shakur’s murder in 1996  cut plans for the album short. He proceeded to make guest appearances until the release of his next solo project through Eureka Records in 1999, entitled They Call Me Mr. Kane. It was on the Los Angeles gang cut “Some L.A. Niggaz,” from Dr. Dre’s 2001 album. While KoKane had been included with West Coast hip culture since the first start of gangsta rap, he had not been able to secure any considerable success for himself. This changed after he started working on 2001, with Snoop Dogg and Tha Eastsidaz. He soon became involved in Tha Eastsidaz’ debut album and went on to play a significant role in the success of Snoop Dogg’s Tha Last Meal. Long spent the next few years signed to Dogghouse Records, working on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Kane. Starforce Network correspondent  Landon Buford recently had the opportunity to speak with the Westcoast Legend last week via a phone interview about some of his new single ‘Wait Too Long’ featuring fellow West Coast pioneer Cold187. Kokane also breaks down why Easy E and Tupac were in a league of their own. The full interview can be seen below. Can you tell us what was your inspiration behind your single Wait Too Long featuring Cold187? Every city in hip-hop culture has songs that represent that city, and this single was no different. With the Westcoast being revived by the young cats like Nipsey Hussle, YG, Kendrick, Snoop, myself, E-40 and the list goes on. It was a single that needed to be put out with us being the actual architect of a style called ‘G Funk.’ We wanted to release it because the culture is going back to the ‘G Funk,’ as far as, the West Coast is the concern.  So, it was time, and it was something that needed to be put back on the map. Plus, it set up a platform for Cold 187, Above the Law, and myself to come with a new group called ‘AOGF’ which stands for Architects Of G-Funk. We wanted to F*** mind again because the culture is going back to that style of music. You had the opportunity work with Eazy E and other artists within the NWA camp. How has being surrounded by these other legends help you throughout your career? Tremendously, back when Above The Law go put on in 1989 and me being put on in 1990. Easy E allowed us to be ourselves creatively and that is what made him special. He let everyone be creative if were talented and could tickle his eardrum he was with the music. It did not matter the color of your skin or your race. That is what made Easy very special, and back then he was our Russell Simmons on the West Coast coming from Compton. In that type compress environment that we came from affected the whole world because you can look at today’s scene in hip-hop everything is about culture. So, learning from him, Dr. Dre, LA Dre it was a force. Dr. Dre is incredible and will always be a top producer in the game. Out of that one experience 28 years later I became the most featured artist in recording history, and the experience was priceless. You have been a veteran in the music industry for a while for decades and from the golden era of hip-hop. Where do you see the state of hip-hop head in the next two years? It will back to its roots, and it is like the earth replenishing itself. The culture must be truthful to its roots and no anticipated the type of impact the hip-hop culture would have on everything we do in society. Things happen for a reason, and the powers at filling the game with garbage to sway the perception, but hip-hop is going to be around forever.  It just a blessing that we have the technology and allows independent artists to get their music heard and seen. We must get back to a positive frequency and its head that way. You are the owner of the independent record label ‘Budeboy Records’. When you are looking to sign new talent what are some of the things that you want to see from an artist? Originality and something that makes them different from any other artist. We are working with an artist by the name of Aanisah C. Long. My wife and I have been developing her for years, and that is what it takes. If I see an artist that has potential at a time that I have the availability to work with them. That is what I am looking for from the next generation someone that has originality and the ability to be passionate about themselves because if they can do that, they will be the same thing with everything else. I am looking for those special breeds that are willing to do what it takes to make it. If you could name just five of your top- five collaborations that you have been a part of what would they be and why? Above the Law – Kalifornia off the Uncle Sam’s Curse album in 1994, Eazy E. Neighborhood Sniper off the Eazy-Duz-It album, Some LA Niggaz off ‘The 2001 Cronic’, Any Last Werdz with Easy E featured on ‘It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa’, and Stay On Point Like Stacey Adams with Snoop Dogg featured on ‘Tha Last Meal’. You were fortunate to work with both Tupac, and Eazy E. Can tell us what in your opinion what set them both apart from the rest of the field in the music industry? You must go back to culture and look at their livelihood, and mannerisms affect culture. Having the opportunity to see 2 Pac be creativity in the studio him and I are like semis twins because of our work ethic and the ability to complete things fast. These dynamics are what made Pac special, and Easy E was a visionary that was ahead of his time and even though both of their lives that were cut short they were both were able to make an impact that will live on forever. What are your favorite top two singles that you wrote or co-wrote? Appetite for Destruction and writing for Easy was natural because he was not a rapper, but he had a voice that moved people, and I can be here forever naming singles, but I’ll just leave it at Eric Wright and Above the Law. At the beginning of your career, how much did your father help guide your specific situations? Where might other have had difficulties as an artist? Basically, everyone going through it a Motown Records. There was a lot of unpaid royalties and other crazy things happening at the situation back then. As much as my father wanted us to stay with him because I was not raised by him and for varies, the reason I do not wish to speak of is why my grandparents raised me at a young age. That issues that I am referencing has been cleared up, and we have moved on. Do you plan on writing a book at some point detailing all the events that you have experienced throughout your career? Yes, I have something in the works called ‘The Makings Of A Legend,’ and it will be out sooner than later.