The Source Exclusive: Warren G Talks New EP ‘Regulate… G Funk Era Part II’

It’s not easy being a legend, but for west coast rapper Warren G it seems to come easy. The California golden boy, a notable name from the 90s west coast glory days, is preparing to drop Regulate… G Funk Era Part II, his first new music since his 2009 effort, The G Chronicles. The mini-album, the sequel to G’s mega successful triple-platinum 1994 debut of the same name, is a flawless hybrid of G-Funk and lyrical prowess diced with G’s cucumber cool flow and conscious storytelling. The four track EP, totaling 36 minutes, is jam packed with the classic west coast sound hip hop heads first fell in love with and been anxiously anticipating. 

The 44-year-old, born Warren Griffin III, failed to disappoint yearning fans, complete with collaborations with some of hip hops heavy hitters; E-40, Young Jeezy, Bun B and Too Short and unreleased music from late friend Nate Dogg. The Long Beach rider, and die hard Oakland Raiders fan, continues to bless the music world with timeless music for the hip hop heads.

Source caught up with G as he dished on what fans can expect from his new EP, what he wished he knew when he was younger and why he’s going back to school. – Angela Wilson (@SheisAngela)

The Source: How does Regulate… G Funk Era Part II differ from your other albums? 

Warren G: I can’t say it’s different from the other music that I’ve done it’s what the fans said they want and that they miss which is that G funk. So I put together some music a bunch of talented artists and came up with a EP. Just to give people that sound they’ve been missing and asking me for the last five years then I’ll hit ’em with a full length album in 2016.

What can fans expect?

They can expect some of that good, soulful music. A couple stories in there and fun and things that they can relate to. But it’s only four songs but I those four songs it’s action packed and great music they’re going to love it. 

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You have two upcoming shows in New York and LA, are you coming to Chicago?

It has to be scheduled but I’d love to come to Chicago, I got a lot of good friends there and Chicago always show me plenty of love. I can’t wait, I want to come it just has to be worked out. I love Chicago. That’s one of my biggest fan bases out there so it’s always good to show love to the people who show me love so I will be coming through there. 

How do you balance home and career as a married father of six? 

You know this is something you got to do. You got to plan everything out with my kids over here then I got to get back to this then back to my kids. It’s what I love to do at the same time so I don’t mind. It’s a job because I have to work for them as everybody got to work to keep food on the table.

I love being a dad to my kids and I don’t want to miss out on a lot of important years then try to go back and fix it so I balance it out and it works. I try not to be gone too long away from them but I know I got to work for them.

Have you ever feel like you hit rock bottom?

I ain’t never hit rock bottom, and I ain’t go hit rock bottom because I work too hard and made too much good music to hit rock bottom. I’m still living off my first album. I’ve been through hiatus’s musically but that’s because of how this music business changed. I don’t want to get in the studio and nobody know or hear about it. I did that and it didn’t work.

I’m learning the new age music business, still getting the hang of it now but once I get the total hang of it it’s a wrap. I’m into developing new artists and still doing what I do but helping other young talent that’s good and not just doing songs that doesn’t make any sense. 

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Who are you a fan of today’s music? 

I like Drake, Kendrick, Young Dolph, Schoolboy Q, Future, A$AP Rocky. I like the young artists that make music that make sense, I ain’t into that sh*t that don’t make sense. Like with Young Dolph, he’s telling you a story of where he’s from and I can relate to it just in a west coast type of way. 

I like Young Thug, too, I like “Lifestyle” and “About the Money” with T.I., that sh*t is dope, I bang both of those. Rich Homie Quan, too. 

Outside of rapping, what interest you? 

Acting, bikes, I like to ski, I like to do all kinds of stuff outside of rap and start up other business ventures. I’m a partner in a media company that’s taking off in a minute. And I’m getting ready to go back to school at the same time; got to learn more on a few things, but I’ll still be doing what I’m doing. 

Good for you, what would you study? 

It’s a different type of doing music. I want to learn how to write, not just play music, but writing. I want to learn how to write because I know how to do the other stuff. 

I’m thinking of learning how to study TV from behind the camera. I have access to where I can do my own movie. You got to be self made and independent. I wish I was with a company like Def Jam but its not worth it for a new artist yes, but for me, no, because it cost, because I have such a big name it cost to push an artist of my caliber. But I wouldn’t mind doing an EP on a major cause I know it’ll get around the world. 

What’s something you know now that you wish you would have known when you were younger? 

I wish I would’ve been more business minded at the beginning because when you’re young and getting all this money and spending it on cars you’re not thinking about the future, even though I did have some businesses going I just didn’t have the right people running them. I wish I would have been sharper, paying more attention to what I had. 

Fill in the Blank: If I weren’t a rapper I’d be a _____: 

A NFL football player or a coach.

You’re a huge football fan, who’s your team? 

I’m a Oakland Raiders fan, that’s it and that’s all. But if the Raiders don’t come to LA or if LA gets a team, I’ll support them. 

Warren will be playing at the Highline Ballroom in New York City Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

He’ll perform at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 13, 2015, 8:00 PM.

Check out the official track list for Regulate… G Funk Era Part II The EP, available for download on August 6.

Intro (feat. Reverened TaaaDow)

My House (feat. Nate Dogg)

Saturday (feat. E-40, Too $hort, Nate Dogg)

Keep on Hustlin’ (feat. Young Jeezy, Bun B, Nate Dogg)

Dead Wrong (feat. Nate Dogg)

Click the link to pre-order now on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/regulate…-g-funk-era-part/id1020512625?ls=1

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She Got Next: Female Emcee ScribeCash Drops New Vlog Series

After premiering “Get on my Level” featuring Eric Bellinger on BET’s 106 & Park, female emcee ScribeCash is trailblazing her own path. The West Coast lyricist, dubbed the “Princess of Hip Hop,” is dropping a new vlog series called “The Scribes,” giving fans a front row seat of her first headlining tour, “The Dreams Don’t Sleep.”

Prepping for a fall promo tour and new project Insomnia Reloaded, which is available for free download, ScribeCash is an upcoming force with her versatility and flow.

– Angela Wilson (@SheisAngela)

Money Smart: Financial Tips for Stay at Home Moms

The age-old argument between stay-at-home moms and career women can go on for years. Some may argue stay-at-home mommies have the toughest job there is; a round-the-clock, 24/7 job of taking care their children, but they don’t get paid for it.

According to How Stuff Works, the United States has 5 million full time moms, some who even quit lucrative careers to tend to their families. But hope is not lost for those moms who opted out of the traditional 9-to-5.

Check out some tips to for full-time mommies to opt into their monthly budget.

1.) Where is the Money Going?
Accessing where all of your money is going is vital to creating a secure, financial budget. You can’t help what you don’t address, so it’s important to keep track of every penny. What do you spend money on that you can make at home? Do you really need cable TV? Can you check off a few of those extra expenses on your phone bill? Be honest with yourself about your needs versus your wants.

2.) Cook Meals at Home That Will Last
Going out to eat can get really expensive. By the time you add up appetizers, drinks, money for tip and parking fare, you’ve spent more than you’d initially thought. Consider eating out a luxury, something you do to reward yourself for an accomplishment, or once every three weeks. Instead, opt for yummy at home meals that are not only cost efficient, but can last over the span of a few days.

Try different recipes, too. For example, when making a big pot of spaghetti sauce, put some sauce up for chilli night. Buy chicken in bulk and use it with different recipes throughout the week. Or if you must have a dinner night out, check out websites to see where kids eat free on certain days and times of the week.

3.) Coupons Are Your Friend

Oh, coupons, other wise known as, free money! Make it your duty to grab a Sunday newspaper and cut coupons for your household needs. Not only is it free, but a little piece of paper can save you money when buying what you would normally buy anyhow.

4.) Consider Part Time Work From Home
In today’s economy, there are valid opportunities to work from home and make some serious dough. Many companies off customer service positions where all you’ll need is WIFI and a phone. Check out some positions that are flexible that allow you to spend time at home, but make some extra cash on the side.

Angela (@SheisAngela)

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Finally! Bobbi Brown Launches Makeup That Won’t Sweat Off at the Gym

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No-sweat summer makeup? The makeup gawds have finally answered our prayers.
Keeping your makeup fresh during your morning commute, a night out on the town or a gym-run is a hassle we all hate to deal with. Luckily, a sticky, sweaty face is now a thing of the past. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has launched a Long-Wear Collection, that prevents you from having to “worry about touch ups,” according to their website.

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The collection includes Brow Pencils available in eight shades, Shadow Sticks, Cream Eyeshadow, Gel and Pencil Eyeliner, and a No-Smudge Mascara.

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Style.com even tested the products with four extreme athletes performing sweat-inducing activities. Check out the results here.

Will you be buying?

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Summer Time Fun: Tips to Having an Unforgettable Summer Without Breaking the Bank

Ever heard of the saying, “ballin’ on a budget?” That is a real concept. Spending racks on a new summer wardrobe or expensive vacations out of your means isn’t necessary to have a bangin’ summer. Opting for “staycations,” a vacation in your city where you act as a tourist and explore the in’s and out’s of your city like an out-of-towner, or shopping on a budget will help you go into the Autumn season with a hefty savings and a memorable summer. Check out some tips on how to have an amazing summer without spending a ton of dough.

Take Advantage of Local Events and Attractions
No matter where you live, there’s always something to do. Whether festivals, outdoor concerts, to visiting your local museums or parks, the summer is the time to go outside and even the warm temperatures. And don’t forget about those Happy Hours! Bars and restaurants slash their prices, make sure you take advantage of the deals.

Visit websites like Valpak, where they have a bundle of discount vouchers for local restaurants and other entertainment activities for 50% off or more.

Kick Off Weekly Family Dinners
Pick your closest four or five pals and start a family dinner where one person cooks for the group each week. Great for socializing and entertaining, bring games and drinks And don’t forget to put your phones away. After 8:00pm, start a “No-Phone” rule, where no one is allowed to peek on social media or text the entire evening. The first to break must buy the group drinks!

Find Free Activities for Kids
Kids out of school and getting restless? Check out Regal Summer Series, where kids see matinee’s for only a buck. This is also the time to sign your kid up for summer sports leagues, which are usually low-cost or no cost. Children also get free passes to museums and local attractions.

Travel Smart
Want to take a summer vacation? It’s totally possible to get out of town without breaking the bank. Aside from Groupon’s irresistible Getaways, visit LivingSocial who can send you on a all-inclusive tropical vacation, sometimes including airfare, without going broke.

– Angela (@SheisAngela)

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MC Lyte Talks ‘Legend’ Album, State of Hip Hop, and Longevity

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Bye Bye Tampons: Absorbing THINX Panties Eliminates Need for Pads

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Finally: Apple Adds Menstual Cycle Tracker for iPhone

After side eyes from women due to Apple’s lack of health related features for the ladies, the tech giant has answered the call, adding a Menstual cycle tracker to its Health app. Dubbed “Reproductive Tracking,” the feature will be available on Apple’s iOS 9 update.

Although there are dozens of period and ovulation tracking apps available, Apple’s new feature will automatically be added to the Health app, right next to the step count, and other medical and exercise information. They’re also adding information about how much time you spend sitting down and your exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Ladies, are you excited about the new feature?

Angela Wilson – (@SheisAngela)