Kokane is the CEO of Budeboy Entertainment and is the "King of the G-Funk Era" and has broken the WORLD RECORD and is the MOST featured music artist in the WORLD of ALL GENRES of music! In fact you can check the list by clicking here!
He was born in the Bronx, New York and his parent's relocated when he was still an infant to Ponoma, California where Kokane grew up. He now resides in Oregon with his wife whom was his high-school sweetheart and their 8 children.
Growing up always having music in his life, his father Jerry B Long Sr. is one of the greatest "Motown Records" writer & composer of all time. Some of Kokane’s father's works, includes; "Just My Imagination" sung by the "Temptations", "Still Waters Run Deep", "Smiling Faces", "Papa was a Rolling Stone" & many more.
Kokane spent countless hours in the studio as a child as his passion for music flourished and his natural talent for music was nurtured. He began to build his craft & style, listening to the old-school funk of the 70's. During his school years, he won numerous talent shows & was a top student in drama club. Acting in many plays, this is where Jerry Jr. found a comfort zone in stage performance. Growing up, life wasn't always easy. He dealt with the hardships and social ills of poverty, drugs, and violence due to the environment. Through the struggles, he continued to stay focused and away from trouble as much as possible. Kokane quickly realized that his talent & heart lye in music, which led to his involvement with the West Coast rap scene at the dawn of Gangsta rap.
He began his career as a vocalist in the mid-1980's, as rap was first appearing in his native Los Angeles, before eventually signing to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records label at the end of 1989. He adopted his stage name "Kokane" which was given to him by his cousin (Hutch aka Cold 187um of the legendary rap group "Above the Law"). The name "Kokane" is a representation of how dope & addictive his sound is to the ear. Kokane's Music Career had launched at Eazy-E's Ruthless Records, with him co-writing for N.W.A.'s "Appetite for Destruction" and guest appearing on the intro of the album “Niggaz4Life“(efil4zaggiN), where he first introduced one of his character's "Sweet Talk". Kokane's first album release, "Addictive Hip Hop Muzick”, in 1991', was credited as "Who am I" featuring the song “Nickel Slick Nigga", (first solo single) that had appeared on the Deep Cover movie soundtrack. In addition, Kokane guest-appeared & co-wrote for Eazy E's "It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa" and also contributed to other West Coast gangsta rap albums, such as; Above the Law's "Black Mafia Life" and "Uncle Sam's curse".
In 1994, Kokane had released his second album, "Funk upon a Rhyme" where he completely revolutionized his style, incorporating a great deal of singing, rapping and packing' it with a sound that would impact cultures; known as, G-Funk (A style of music which was originated by Kokane and Above The Law). His eccentric vocal approach is half fluid rapping and half weird P-funk-influenced singing. Funk upon a Rhyme had hit Billboard Charts and sold globally. The album is now a collector's, selling for as much as $100 or more on Ebay & other online stores. Kokane left Ruthless right after the passing of Eazy E (RIP). Two years later, Kokane was a free agent. He reappeared in the rap scene in the late 1999 with a solo album on Eureka Records, "They Call Me Mr. Kane". Shortly after, he co-appearanced on Dr. Dre's album 2001 and did heavy collaboration with Snoop Dogg's, "The Last Meal" along with Tha Eastsidaz albums, playing a major role in the success of the albums. 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.
Throughout the years, he has worked with many artists, such as; George Clinton, Bootsy Collins (Parliment), George Duke & Stanley Clark (The Great Jazz Legends), Larry Blackmon (Cameo), Above the Law, N.W.A., Eazy E, Ice Cube, Tha Eastsidaz, Cypress Hill, P Diddy, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Mac Dre, Jenni Revera, Tupac & many more. Among Kokane's many works, it includes soundtracks for films such as; Training Day, Menace ll Society, Malibu's Most Wanted, Deep Cover, Love and a Bullet, Undercover Brother, True Crimes (video game), Los Santos (Grand Theft Auto video game) and Sports media. His filmography includes the movie "Old School" with Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn & Luke Wilson, to name a few.
His latest release "It's Kokane Not Lemonhead" is now available.
And it don't stop there. His wife (Lady Kokane), daughter (Alicia Long), daughter (Aanisah Long) are in the industry too (just to name a few). His daughter Alicia will be releasing her EP in 2018 and his daughter Aanisah has a single releasing soon. He is definitely someone you are going to want to keep an eye on and watch for what he and his family have coming out this year because they are packed with talent! #BUDEBOYENT #MONSTASQUADD
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