Born at the turn of the '70s and weaned on the soul and funk of the era, Warren Griffin III quickly honed his musical skills as part of the hip-hop group 213 with friends Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. Following some skirmishes with the law, all three found time in the spotlight when G's half-brother, Dr. Dre, discovered solo stardom with THE CHRONIC. After producing for the likes of 2Pac, G found individual success behind the mic thanks to the massive smash "Regulate" off the same-titled album, which featured Nate Dogg as well. G has continued to churn out the occasional LP, although he has yet to attain the platinum-selling success of his debut.
DISC 1 for Regulate G-Funk Era (CD) Album
By Warren G (Artist)
2007 vinyl LP repressing of the groundbreaking debut album from Warren G, originally released in 1994. Mercury.
Warren Griffin was due some sort of notoriety ever since he introduced best friend Snoop to half-brother Dre, and thus set the stage for one of the more noteworthy musical collaborations in recent years. But who imagined he had it in him to match the smooth gangster ride of those g-funk all stars with lyrics and tracks of his own? Falling somewhere between Long Beach comrades Domino and Snoop on the pop-R&B-rap continuum, Warren is at his best when his catchy soul melodies get equal time with his rhymes to create a radio friendly groove that''s virtually unshakable once planted in your head. While not every song is as memorable, Regulate boasts at least two hip-hop classics: The shuffle beat bliss "This Is the Shack," and the title cut, featuring Michael McDonald''s icy keyboard lick and partner Nate Dogg''s gorgeous singing, destined to be the standout single of the year. With an excessively tuneful, but not excessively violent or vulgur, debut, Warren G.''s future lies way beyond the shadow of his better known associates. --Roni Sarig
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