Pomona, California emcee/singer Kokane has announced that he will now be known by his government name of Jerry B. Long. The onetime Ruthless Records artist and collaborator with Above The Law and Dr. Dre is using this turning point with his upcoming album, The Legend Continues. The emcee known for singing much of the Pariliament Funkadelic interpolations on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic released several past projects under the monker of Mr. Kane.
Jerry B. Long released Gimme All Mine last May on Bud E Boy Records. The emcee is said to be using the same imprint for The Legend Continues. No release date has been announced.
Previously, Heltah Skeltah’s Ruck changed his stage name to his government, going by Sean Price since the early ’00s, as well as Will Smith, who was known as The Fresh Prince throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
UPDATE: According to DubCNN.com, Jerry B. Long’s next album, In The Middle of The Road will find the longtime emcee exclusively singing for his project. The former Ruthless Records artist has two other projects planned, including the aforementioned The Legend Continues.
UPDATE #2: The tracklisting for Jerry B. Long’s (a/k/a Kokane) The Legend Continues is as follows:
1. INTRO FT. THE FUNK MASTER
2. LOCS & DOGS FT. C-BO & CAVIAR (PRODUCED BY THA CHILL)
3. DOSHA FT. KMG FROM ABOVE THE LAW (PRODUCED BY BIG SQUEEZE & JBL)
4. W3ST SIDE POMONA (PRODUCED BY WEST COAST STONE)
5. THE LEGEND CONTINUES (DAVID WILLIAMS)
6. INSPIRATION 4 ELEVATION (PRODUCED BY JBL & BIG SQUEEZE)
7. PAPER TRAIL (PRODUCED BY BIG SQUEEZE)
8. MY WORLD (PRODUCED BY J. WELLS)
9. JUS 2 FEED MY FAMILY (PRODUCED BY JBL & BIG SQUEEZE)
10. WHERE I COME FROM (PRODUCED BY BIG SQUEEZE)
11. STREETS IS LOVING ME (PRODUCED BY BIG SQUEEZE)
12. OG KOKANE (PRODUCED BY JBL & BIG SQUEEZE)