The Legend on Snoop Dogg Tracks and real West Coast Legendary funk master “Mr. Kokane” is currently about to drop his “Back To The Future” Album featuring strictly legends in the music business. Bootsy Collins, Cameo, Tina Marie, Crooked I, Devin the Dude, Kurupt & Das Dilinger, Jada kiss, Joe Budden and more will be representing on this album.
Production includes “The First Lady of Motown” Mary Wells son Meech Wells, Knucklehead, John Silva & A. “G-Dub” Geiser of High Powered Entertainment.
Kokane has been involved with the West Coast rap scene since the dawn of gangsta rap and has stayed consistant in the industry for 20 years.
In the year 2000, he played a major role in the success of Snoop Dogg’s Tha Last Meal. His eccentric vocal approach is half fluid rapping and half weird P-funk-influenced singing. This balance made Kokane a perfect choice to lay down the vocal hooks for Snoop’s album, as he appeared on nine of the album’s 19 tracks.
The son of Motown staff composer Jerry Long (“Ball of Confusion,” “Just My Imagination,” “Still Waters Run Deep”), Kokane’s life has always included music, though it is the old school funk of the ’70s that most influences his style. He began his career as a vocalist in the mid-’80s as rap was first appearing in his native Los Angeles before eventually signing to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records label in 1991.
In addition to co-writing “Appetite for Destruction” for NWA’s Niggaz4life, Kokane also contributed to other West Coast gangsta rap albums such as Above the Law’s Black Mafia Life. His first solo single, “Nickel Slick Nigga,” appeared on the Deep Cover soundtrack as well as his debut album for Ruthless, Who Am I.
It was on the L.A. posse track found on Dr. Dre’s 2001 album, “Some L.A. Niggaz,” that Kokane scored big; this encounter with Dre’s camp led to his relationship with Snoop, who signed him to Dogghouse Records, bringing a renewed sense of promise to Kokane’s long-running career.
Check out Kokane out at: www.myspace.com/kokaneofficialpage