When musicians & performing artist from all across the globe look for a dope sound for their recordings, there is one voice that must be considered..... Jerry B. Long aka "Kokane"
Kokane is "The Most Featured Recording Artist in the HISTROY OF MUSIC," and along with Above the Law, is the inventor of the most influental sound "G-FUNK " (The sound that impacted the globe). Born in Bronx, New York. When he was still a baby he moved to California where he was raised in the city of Pomona. Kokane is best known for his musical genius & being signed & co-writing for Eazy E's Ruthless Records label. Kokane's musical talents runs deep within his family's bloodline. He is the son of Motown composer "Jerry B Long, Sr.", whose works include; “Just My Imagination” performed by the Temptations, “Still Waters Run Deep”, "Smiling Faces”, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” & many more.
With his father being one of the original writers / composer / musician for Motown Records, growing up as a kid Jerry Jr had spent a lot of time in the studio. At an early age, he was introduced to the art of sound, which had led him to embrace his natural talents for music. He began to build his craft & style, listening to the old school funk of the 70s. During his school years, he won numerous talent shows, and was top student in drama club. Jerry acted in many plays; it was there, that Jerry had found a comfort zone in performing on stage. Growing up, Jerry had to deal with the hardships and social ills of poverty and the life of violence, but continued to stay focused, positive and away from trouble. He began his career as a vocalist in the mid-1980s when gansta rap first started appearing in his native Los Angeles. Above the law was signed to Ruthless and they were working on their album "Livin' Like Hustlers," it was during this time, Jerry was introduced to Eazy E through Lay Law / Law House. His style of singing and rapping had immediately caught Eazy's attention. Eventually, this led him to signing with Eazy-E's Ruthless Records label at the end of 1989. It was then that Jerry had adopted his stage name “Kokane”, which was given to him by his cousin Hutch aka Cold 187um from Above the Law. The name “Kokane” is a representation of how dope & addictive his sound is to the ear.
Kokane’s career had launched at Eazy-E's Ruthless Records, with him co-writing for N.W.A.'s "Appetite for Destruction" from the album Niggaz4life, where he first introduced one of his character’s “Sweet Talk.” Kokane's first album release; Addictive Hip Hop Muzick (credited as “Who Am I") in 1991'. "Nickel Slick Nigga," (first solo single from Who Am I) had appeared on the Deep Cover soundtrack. Kokane guest-appeared & co-wrote for Eazy E's "It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa," in addition, also contributed to other albums such as Above the Law's "Black Mafia Life" & "Uncle Sam's Curse,” and many more. In 1994, Kokane had released his second album entitled, "Funk Upon a Rhyme" where he completely revolutionized his style, incorporating a great deal of singing, rapping and packing' it with G Funk. “Funk Upon A Rhyme” hit Billboard Charts and sold globally. Funk Upon A Rhyme is now a collectors album and sells for $100 and more. After the release of Funk Upon A Rhyme, Kokane's sound was so "IN DEMAND," that by this time; music artist from all over the world had to get a feature from the Legendary Kokane. After Eazy E’s death, Kokane left Ruthless. Two years later he was a free agent and had reappeared in late 1999 with a solo album on Eureka Records, "They Call Me Mr. Kane." Shortly after, he co-appeared on Dr. Dre’s album 2001 and also did heavy collaboration with Snoop Dogg on his album, “Tha Last Meal,” playing a significant role in the success of the album.
Kokane has worked with artists such as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, George Duke & Stanley Clark (The Great Jazz Legends), Larry Blackman (Cameo), 2Pac, Above The Law, N.W.A., Eazy E, Tha Eastsidaz, Cypress Hill, E-40, P Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and many more. Amongst Kokane’s many works, he is on soundtracks for films such as Training Day, Menace II Society, Malibu’s Most Wanted, Deep Cover, Love and a Bullet, Undercover Brother, True Crimes (video games) and Sport Media. His filmography includes the movie “Old School” with Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, & Luke Wilson, to name a few.
Currently Jerry B. Long aka Kokane is Owner / CEO at his own independent record label called Bud E Boy Entertainment distribution through The Orchard/SONY a (full service record label). Kokane's latest album entitled, "Shut Da F Up & Cut Da Checc" is AVAILABLE_NOW digitally & in hardcopy at BudEBoyENT/merchandise. The album includes guest appearances by B-Legit, Aanisah Long, Richie Rich, Cold 187 (Above The Law), Babee Loc, Tha Xtraz, E3, Busta Rhymes & more. Bud E Boy is the new Motown & it's going worldwide.... Aint no more talkin.... #STFU & Cut Da Checc!
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