World Famous V.I.P. Records Closes
On how Warren G got put on:
Kelvin Sr.: "John Singleton contacted me looking for Dr. Dre to see what he could do for the Poetic Justice soundtrack. I didn't have the number for Dr. Dre, but I'd see Warren, his half-brother, every day riding around the community on his ten-speed. So I asked him. He was still a little mad that Dre signed Snoop, but that he still didn't have a deal. So he told me he had some stuff that he thinks John Singleton would like. I said, let's find out. We gave Singleton a call and what Warren presented 'Indo Smoke.' That's basically how Warren got into the business -- if I'd had the number for Dr. Dre, that never would've happened."
On independent retailers like V.I.P.:
Former label rep Eugene Luckett: "Those in-stores were a way to connect with the community. When we bring those stars in, the communities go nuts. And those type of events would always be magnified by guys like Kelvin; they're father figures in their communities, they've always been there in a positive sense, mentoring local artists about getting into music industry, or from a business or even common sense standpoint. He helped me build artists one fan at a time. I'm losing a valuable partner. A valuable resource is gone. But what V.I.P. contributed to the industry is invaluable."