Classics: Warren G & Nate Dogg – Regulate (Death Row)
There’s something that sounds instantly familiar when havin’ a listen to ‘Regulate’. Got it? Most of you should as a matter of fact. With that thing being none other but a sample of Michael McDonald‘s classic ‘I Keep Forgettin”. But wait a minute as this clever construction also uses parts of Bob James‘ ‘Sign Of The Times’. And, last but not least, Dr Dre‘s ‘Let Me Ride’…
On a smooth vein, ‘Regulate’ most likely embodies the smoothest side of that sound remembered as G-Funk. A sound speakin’ of which Warren G stands among the originators. Ironically, this debut of his didn’t see the light on Dre‘s Death Row Records. And this despite the fact he happened to be his stepbrother. But it would nevertheless feature on the memorable ‘Above The Rim’ OST. Right on time before the release of his debut-album – ‘Regulate – The G-Funk Era’ – on Violator Records, back in 1994.
A Long Beach, CA native, Warren G came to form 213, along with the late Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg back in 1991. From then, he naturally introduced the band to his stepbrother, Deathrow Records’s CEO Dr Dre. But as opposed to sign them on the label, he only took on Snoop, causing the threesome to disband as a result.
Although ‘Regulate’ stands among the highlights of the ‘Above The Rim’ OST on Death Row, it didn’t see the light on the label. But on Violator Records, becoming the biggest classic to date by the likes of Warren G and late partner Nate Dogg. With thanks to its memorable sample of Michael McDonald‘s classic ‘I Keep Forgettin’. The latter also influencing Moloko on their Acoustic Version of ‘Familiar Feeling’…
No doubt as to how the success of ‘Regulate’ had a big impact on the one of Warren G‘s debut-album. An album which sold 4 million copies, supported by other singles such as ‘Do You See’ and ‘This DJ’ featuring O.G.L.B. Its follow-up – ‘Take A Look Over Your Shoulder’ spanning extra gems. From ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ along with Nancy Fletcher. To ‘Smokin’ Me Out’ featuring Ron Isley.
Warren G has released an extra 4 albums between 1999 and 2009. Eventually resurfacing back in 2015 with ‘My House’, the first offshot from his ‘Regulate – G-Funk Era Pt. 2’ EP. A collection which features material Nate Dogg had recorded before his passing.
Nate Dogg sadly died, aged 41, on Mar. 15, 2011 in Long Beach, CA, due to complications from multiple strokes.