Rapper claims label own his master recordings and have been "living off" him for two decades
Warren G has indicated his intent to re-record his 1994 album ‘Regulate’.
The West Coast rapper and producer released ‘Regulate… G Funk Era Pt II’ last week, a sequel EP to the aforementioned 1994 LP. It features unreleased music by the late Nate Dogg.
Now Warren G has told Billboard that he plans to re-record ‘Regulate’ in an attempt to control its master recordings, which label Def Jam has owned for two decades.
“I’mma re-record it. I’m gonna do a re-recording of the whole album, so then I own my masters,” he is quoted as saying. 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.”
He continued: “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.”
In the same interview, Warren G also discussed new NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, calling the film a “history lesson”.
“Police brutality was real. I [lived through] that era. I was around them. I’ve seen it all,” he said.
“I’ve been through situations, but [the film is] just letting you see through their eyes and what they went through in Compton.”
Speaking of NWA’s place in the social history of hip-hop, Warren G added: “The mainstream America [were] not adapting to what they were doing ’cause they were different. They were talking about the shit that they [mainstream America] wasn’t talking about. They weren’t biting their tongue; that’s what made it blow up so big ’cause you didn’t have people doing that.”
“Motherfuckers were scared. They weren’t scared. They said what they felt and they meant it. So this [movie] is a history lesson.”