Kokane

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Kokane
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Kokane
Background information
Birth name Jerry B. Long, Jr.
Also known as Mr. Kane, The Legendary Kokane
Born 1969 (age 44–45)
Origin Pomona, California
Genres G Funk, International, West Coast hip hop
Occupations Rapper, Vocalist, Singer, Music Producer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1989–present
Labels Ruthless/Epic (1991–1996)
Bud E Boy ENT (2010–present)
Associated acts Eazy-E
Above the Law
N.W.A.
Brotha Lynch Hung
Cypress Hill
Snoop Dogg
Website www.budeboyent.com

Kokane, also known as Jerry B. Long, Jr. (born 1969), is a rapper from Pomona, California best known for his co-appearances on Dr. Dre's album 2001 and the work on G-funk album Funk Upon A Rhyme and his backup work with Snoop Dogg in Tha Last Meal album, who signed him to Dogghouse Records, bringing a renewed sense of promise to Kokane's long-running career. He is the son of Motown composer "Jerry Long, Sr.". He started his career at Eazy-E's Ruthless Records, co-writing songs for N.W.A and Above the Law. He released his first solo album under the name "Who Am I?". He signed with Koch Records, forming a new group, The Hood Mob, led by him, joined by Cricet and Contraband. They released an album on July 3, 2006.

Career[edit]

His musical career began in 1989 under the name "Kokkaine". His first release, Addictive Hip Hop Muzick in 1991 was credited as "Who Am I?". "Who Am I?" was used for that album because of particular laws forbidding using his common artist name.[1] Kokane's life has always included music, though it is the old school funk of the 1970s that most influences his style. His eccentric vocal approach is half fluid rapping and half quasi G-funk-influenced singing. He began his career as a vocalist in the mid-1980s, first appearing in his native Los Angeles before eventually signing to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records label in 1991. His first solo single, "Nickel Slick Nigga", appeared on the Deep Cover soundtrack. In addition to co-writing "Appetite for Destruction" for N.W.A.'s Niggaz4life, Kokane also contributed to other West Coast gangsta rap albums such as Above The Law's Black Mafia Life. In his second album, Funk Upon a Rhyme, he completely changed his style, incorporating a great deal of singing and packin' it with G-funk.[citation needed] Two years later, Kokane was a free agent. He left Ruthless right after Eazy-E's death. He reappeared in late 1999 with a solo album on Eureka Records, They Call Me Mr. Kane, yet this album never escaped the underground to gain notoriety. Ironically, it was on the L.A. posse track found on Dr. Dre's 2001 album, "Some L.A. Niggaz," that Kokane scored big[clarification needed]; this encounter with Dre's camp led to his relationship with Snoop Dogg. Though Kokane had been involved with the West Coast rap scene since the dawn of gangsta rap, he was never able to secure any substantial success for himself until 2000 when he played a major role in the success of Snoop's Tha Last Meal. He has worked with artists such as Above The Law, N.W.A., Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tha Eastsidaz, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, E-40, Kurupt, Nipsey Hussle, among others. He continues to make music today and still contributes to the West Coast rap scene.

Works[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Notes
1991 Addictive Hip Hop Muzick Debut, released on Ruthless Records under the nickname Who Am I?
1994 Funk Upon a Rhyme First release as Kokane, also released on Ruthless Records
1999 They Call Me Mr. Kane
2002 Gangstarock with Gentry
2003 Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Kane (Unreleased)
2003 Don't Bite The Funk Vol. 1 (Bootleg)
2005 Mr. Kane, Pt. 2
2005 Pain Killer'z
2006 Back 2 tha Clap
2006 The Hood Mob with The Hood Mob
2008 Kokane & Raine N Lane with Raine N Lane
2010 Gimme All Mine 1st LP on Bud E. Boy Entertainment
2011 The Legend Continues
2012 The New Frontier with Traffik
2014 Shut da F Up & Cut da Checc

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2012 : Dr Kokastien (Hosted By DJ King Assassin)
  • 2010 : On The Back Streets (Hosted By DJ Crazy Toones)

Filmography[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Training Day (film)
  • Menace II Society
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted (film)
  • Deep Cover (film)
  • Love and a Bullet (film)
  • Undercover Brother (film)
  • True Crimes (video game)

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1991 "Prelude"
N.W.A Niggaz4Life
2007 "Haters"
(featuring Kokane)
Young Buck Buck the World
2012 "Killas Like Me"
(featuring Kokane, Killa Tay & Lil Cyco)
C-Bo Orca

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