"I'm trying to see what kinda
angle I can hit the people with, being that I'm up one
because I'm brand new. I think it's real important that
first time around you give em your real essence.and
make people say, `Who is this mother f******?'"
He is a rapper who wants to touch people the way music
first touched him. He is a man looking to redress youthful
mistakes that closed the door on one lifelong dream,
yet burst the door to another wide open. His forthcoming
debut album on Snoop Dogg's Doggy Style Records marks
the first step in a new journey for E White, a high-school
basketball talent whose early bad decisions derailed
a sure path to NBA stardom. With heat from producers
Ric Roc, The Alchemist, and Doggy Style regulars Battlecat,
Fred Wreck and Meech Wells, Eric White is now ready
to kick through all you thought you knew about hip hop
with a new style, fresh 26-year old energy, and the
pit bull determination of a man who appreciates the
precious gift of a second chance.
E White was first introduced to Snoop through The Twins,
his cousins who charted with "Round and Round"
on Warren G's "G-Funk" label. "They came
up and hung real tight with Snoop," E remembers.
"By the time I got old enough to hang and kick
it with them, Dogg was already Dogg, you know, worldwide.
He didn't have to start fuckin' with me, I understood
that, but Dogg was always cool with me. I'd be out at
his house on the weekend, but I never told him I rapped
because whenever I used to tell people, wasn't nobody
coming up with no deal."
So E just sat in the cut and peeped game. "The
whole time I laid low and got to see a lot of shit without
even being in the game, without having to pay dues.
I got to watch what other niggas in the industry are
doing. The whole time, I was looking around thinking,
"everybody's trying to do the same shit."
I said if I come up with a tight demo package, and can
get in the studio where I can put together some shit,
I think I know what kind of music them niggas wanna
E promptly got four songs together, as well as digitized
publicity photos and slid the entire package to Snoop.
In January of 2002, E got a phone call from the Twins.
"Snoop heard your shit and he wanna get down,"
they said. "I said damn I guess I'm on a roll then,"
says E. "Let me start tightening up on my music
and make some more of that shit."
E's original plan to become the next NBA superstar,
was sabotaged by a series of self-destructive moves
during his high school years. "I was a hard head,"
says E. "The first friends I ever had-all them
in the pen right now. They turned out gang-banging.
I'm hanging with them, innocent enough, but you know
it's that whole thing-they got enemies, then they your
enemies. I knew what I was fuckin' with, so I went ahead
and made myself official for my homeboys."
Soon, E's chances of playing college ball would go
up in a literal cloud of bud smoke. The 6'4 point guard,
known throughout the state for his handles, was kicked
out of school before his senior year over possession
of marijuana. The blue chipper's hoop dream, his number
one ranking in the state of California, his 88 basketball
trophies and his over 2,000 college recruitment letters
were all for naught. "I always said that I felt
like I fucked off my one shot at life, which is why
I'm so serious with my music and what I do right now
because I understand that it can be fucked off. I got
lucky enough to get a second shot. I work hard, but
it takes breaks too. I feel like the breaks I didn't
get in basketball, I'm getting right now."