When it comes to the West Coast, there are few artists that can boast a legendary status and/or refer to themselves as a don. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Snoop, E-40, and Too $hort all come to mind. Now, Yukmouth is looking to add his name to that list, as the West coast OG prepares to release his fifth studio album, titled The West Coast Don.
Pulling out all stops, Yuk enlists some of the industry’s current heavy weights. Recruiting auto-tune crooner T-Pain for “44” and Ray J for the lead single “I’m A Gangsta,” Yukmouth is looking to make it official. Rounding out the album are appearances from up-and-comers and vets such as Crooked I, C-Bo, Glasses Malone, Lil Flip, Dru Down, Keak Da Sneak, Turf Talk and more.
Having provided the instantly recognizable anthem “I Got 5 On It” as a part of the 90s group The Luniz, Yukmouth has a long list of credits under his belt. He’s also a member of the groups Thug Lordz alongside C-Bo, as well as a collective referred to as The Regime with Tech N9ne and Tha Realest.
Yukmouth is a legen in his hometown of East Oakland, California, but currently resides in Los Angeles. He originally signed a solo record deal at Rap-A-Lot Records, releasing three albums, each selling at least 200,000 copies with little-to-no airplay. Since leaving Rap-A-Lot, Yuk founded his own label, Smoke-A-Lot Records, and has released both the DVDs, and the soundtracks for his series titled United Ghettos of America.
He plans to continue that indie success with The West Coast Don, slated to hit stores July 14th.