It took two years, but Tha Liks’ J-Ro finally learned how to say “Enough is enough.” Ro, who’s spearheading the West Coast rapper-heavy tribute to late funk legend Roger Troutman (see “Tha Liks’ J-Ro Tributing Roger Troutman With Snoop, Kurupt” ), Still More Bounce, said a couple of months ago he followed a self imposed cut-off deadline for adding songs to the LP, which is now slated to drop on his Wolfpac label April 16.
“It’s done. Right now we’re in the mastering stage, we been mixing all weekend,” Ro said Wednesday (January 2) from his Los Angeles office. “Right after Roger died I was thinking of doing a song and getting rappers out here to get on it and give it to the radio. So many people started hearing about it and wanted to get involved, I was like ‘We should make a whole album.’ The whole process took a while because we’ll be thinking we’re done and more people would pop up, ‘Hey I wanna get on this album.’ ”
“Roger’s music is a part of the backbone of hip-hop, along with James Brown and George Clinton, so I didn’t have to think twice about being part of this tribute album,” Ice-T said in a statement released to the press. He performs on “Get On Down” along with Kurupt, Mac Mall and Xzibit.
“Here in the West it’s kinda cliqued up, certain people only work with certain people,” Ro said. “I wanted to mix that up a little bit. Put people you wouldn’t think would be on the same track together, put them on the same song, to kind of freak people out.”
Other combo punches include Ras Kass, Kam, Tash, B-Real and Spice-1 on the title track, J-Ro and Daz Dillinger on “Party Started” and Snoop Dogg, Tray D, Rappin 4-Tay and Roger himself on “Throw It Up,” which is a cut off of 4-Tay’s last LP, 1999’s Introduction to Mackin’.
With the exception of the aforementioned tune, Chico DeBarge’s cover of “I Wanna Be Your Man” and Mirror’s remake of “Slow & Easy,” all of the album’s songs are new, with producers such as Battle Cat and J-Ro’s Liks groupmate E-Swift showcasing Troutman’s funk influence in their beats.
Ro said he would not be shooting videos and submitting them to TV; instead, he plans to film “low-budget” clips for some of the LP’s songs and include them on a DVD, which will also feature behind-the-scenes footage of how the album came together.
Troutman, the leader of his family’s band Zapp, has had endless influence on the hip-hop community — artists such as Heavy D, EPMD, Dr. Dre, Tupac and DJ Quik have all sampled his records for their songs. Troutman was shot to death in April of 1999 by his brother Larry in a murder/suicide (see “Zapp’s Roger And Larry Troutman Killed In Apparent Murder-Suicide” ).