The Brady Bunch style family would do a lot of fun things together. On some weekends Mr. Griffin would load all the kids into the station wagon and head over to the drive-in to watch a movie.
His girlfriend, Michel’LE, would sing and sign autographs at the store to attract customers. Though often cited as a “young man's game,” many of hip-hop's key veterans have continued to hold it down with new music and nostalgic reunions, the latter of which often go highlighted on Instagram.
Recently, the legendary Warren shared a picture from his own personal collection, one that appears to have transpired during a party for Snoop Dogg's forty-ninth birthday. While it's not exactly a new music announcement, it's still exciting to see some of the west coast's icons connecting for a special occasion, and we can only imagine that plenty of classic stories were swapped in the process.
Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970), known professionally as Warren, is an American rapper and record producer who, aiding the G -funk sound, assisted West Coast rap's 1990s ascent. Earlier, despite his teenage failings in his California hometown Long Beach, having pioneering gangsta rapper Dr.
Are for older stepbrother, and having standout lyricist Snoop for group mate, Warren took a unique path into the rap subgenre G -funk's success. Not joining them at Death Row Records, where he helped on their debut solo albums, Warren signed to a Def Jam label.
And less suggesting gangsta funk, yet voicing simpler concerns, rapped more simply, Warren became G -funk's every man. His second or 1997 album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder, includes three Top 40 songs, with I Shot the Sheriff at #20, but Smoking' Me Out, ” at #35, big locally.
In 2001, his fourth album, The Return of the Regulator, a comeback attempt with star collaborators, strayed from his strengths. On indie labels, 2005's In the Minute Hour and then 2009's The G Files, still a G -funk with, he said, “a taste of that modern electron sound,” are his own productions, but escaped popular notice.
In the 2010s, amid his live shows, festival touring, and television appearances, his fan base, accessible via the digital age, asked for classic G -funk. Warren Griffin III was born on November 10, 1970, in Long Beach, a city in California's Los Angeles County.
Once they divorced at his age 4, he lived with his mother and three sisters in East Long Beach until he was just about to start middle school. By then, a Jordan High School student, Warren was playing football and running with friends.
Warren initially helped there, but, averting a career in his mentor's shadow, signed to Def Jam Recordings, in New York City. By 1990, in his hometown Long Beach, as record producer and rapper, Warren formed a music trio with two of his longtime running mates, Nathaniel Nate Dogg Hale, a rapperlike singer, and Calvin Snoop Rock Broads, a singerlike rapper.
Are, who, hearing the Snoop rap “Super Duper Snooper,” immediately welcomed the trio. Days later, 213 moved into Dre's lavish house, in Calabasas, home to both his wife and his recording studio.
Dre's debut solo single Deep Cover introduced America to Snoop Dog Dog, the track's guest but instantly star rapper. Yet since 1993, indeed finding his own way, Warren, in records like Regulate, ” would be heard incidentally, and mysteriously to many, hailing three digits, 2-1-3.
Singleton asked Warren to produce a song for the soundtrack of his forthcoming film Poetic Justice. Warren thus produced Mist Grimm's song Into Smoke, ” featuring Warren and Nate Dogg.
Yet further, unlike other G -funk, short for gangsta funk, Warren, even called “a romantic” at heart, voiced simpler concerns. Selling a million copies in three days, it debuted at #2 on the popular albums chart, the Billboard 200.
WarrenG's second album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder, released in March 1997, was certified Gold, half a million copies sold, in May. Smoking' Me Out, ” featuring Ron Islam of the classic soul group, reaching #35, was big on the Los Angeles area's radio play.
Certified Gold in November 1999, it bears the single I Want It All, ” featuring Mack 10, which, becoming Warren's most recent Top 40 appearance, peaked on the Hot 100 at #23. Released in December 2001, Warren’s fourth album, The Return of the Regulator, with a litany of collaborators, including the P-Funk father and G -funk godfather George Clinton and, elsewhere, Dr.
In the Minute Hour, released in October 2005, WarrenG's fifth album, his first without a major label involved, was on Hawing Records. Heavily featuring his native, 213 group mates Nate and Snoop, it is devotedly Warren's own project, homemade on a low budget.
From June to September 2013, Warren toured in the West Coast Fest, “an OG affair” with DJ Quick, Mack 10, the Dog Pound, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and others. Meanwhile, in a guest role, Warren played OG Hemingway in the sitcom Newsreaders on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming.
The single My House, ” leading WarrenG's first EP, a format shorter than album, arrived on July 13, 2015. Having four songs, the EP, premised as a sequel to the 1994 original, is titled Regulate... G Funk Era, Pt.
Released on August 6, it features E-40, Too Short, Jeezy, Bun B, and, in all four songs, Nate Dogg. With his unique knack for intuiting Warren's production cues, Nate leaves behind some of his 213 partner's favorite recordings.
Getting older, increasingly identifying with his father, fond of cooking and storytelling, Warren embraces “his morals and good family fun.” In 2018, WarrenG's son Elijah, finishing high school playing football's corner back position, ranking #3 in California and #26 nationally among college recruits, chose the University of Southern California, the USC Trojans, and drew all-conference recognition in 2019.
Also in 2019, Warren launched, for retail and restaurant supply, a line of barbecue sauces and rubs, Sniffing Griffins BBQ. ^ a b c Jeff Weiss explains, “As much as The Chronic is a psychedelic and sinister warp of the Parliament and Funkadelic records that constantly rotated on Dre's childhood turntable, it is the sound of Long Beach, too: the ecumenical hymns of the Baptist church turned into filthy harmonic gospel by Snoop, Nate Dogg, Warren G and Day” [J Weiss, “25 years later, Dr.
Dre's 'The Chronic' remains rap's world-building masterpiece”, Washington Post & Chicago Tribune, 15 Dec 2017]. Dre's brother, Snoop’s early rap battles and his new album”, Hot 97 @ YouTube, 10 Aug 2015, 22:30 mark.
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Most Reeves, Warren G and Nate Dogg's 'Regulate': The oral history of a hip-hop classic”, Rolling Stone website, Sense Media LLC, 19 Dec 2014. Incidentally, the Billboard.com webpage apparently dates by latest peak position, with “Regulate”, for instance, at #2 in July 1994.
Apparently dating instead by earliest peak position, with “Regulate” at #2 in May 1994, is Joel Whit burn, Warren G “, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (New York: Billboard Books, 2010), p 696 : in chronological order, Regulate, ” with Nate Dogg (#2 in May 1994 and three weeks); This D.J. “ ^ a b Russell Simmons with Nelson George, Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, and God (New York: Crown Publishers, 2001).
^ a b c d e f Ebro Garden & Laura Style, interviewers, Warren G talks growing up as Dr. Dre's brother, Snoop’s early rap battles and his new album”, Hot 97 @ YouTube, 10 Aug 2015 ^ a b c Sore Baker, The History of Gangster Rap: From Sc holly D to Kendrick Lamar, the Rise of a Great American Art Form (New York: Abrams Image, 2018).
^ a b c d e f g h i j k Database search, “Gold & Platinum: Warren G ", Recording Industry Association of America website, visited 8 May 2021. The flavor of the smoke on the meat and just the good feeling of having family around caught me up and rang a bell in my head.
^ a b c d Jeff Weiss, “The G -funk continuum: Warren G talks 'The G -Files,' 'The X-Files' and West Coast hip hop”, Pop & Hiss, the L.A. Times Music Blog, 18 Dec 2009. ^ a b Rose Lilac, “West Coast Fest tour line-up features E-40, Dog Pound, Warren G & more”, HotNewHipHop website, 6 Jun 2013.
^ a b c Erika Ramirez, Warren G to release 'Regulate… G Funk Era Part II' EP this summer”, Billboard.com, 8 Jul 2015. ^ David Dial lo, ch 10 “From electoral to G -funk: A social history of rap music in Los Angeles and Compton, California”, in Mickey Hess, ed., Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide, Volume 1: East Coast and West Coast (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2010).
Are and Snoop Dogg”, in Mickey Hess, ed., Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2007), pp 319– 322. ^ a b Gill, Karma, director, G Funk | official documentary”, Snoop Dogg @ YouTube Premium, 11 Jul 2018, which webpage offers a written synopsis, whereas the Russell Simmons quote about “Regulate” may appear at about the 57:35 mark.
^ a b P.R., Warren G “, in Nathan Bracket with Christian Hoard, eds., The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), p 859. Dre's brother, Snoop's early rap battles and his new album”, Hot 97 @ YouTube, 10 Aug 2015.
^ In Calabasas, on the hills west of the San Fernando Valley, Are had bought, in perhaps 1989, “a lavish troubadour-style home”, and put a recording studio in an upstairs bedroom . Are and Snoop Dogg”, in Mickey Hess, ed., Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture, Volume 1 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007), pp 326–327.
^ Stereo Williams, “When Snoop became the most wanted man in America”, Daily Beast, 18 Nov 2018. ^ Gill, Karma, director, G Funk | Official Documentary”, Snoop Dogg @ YouTube Premium, 11 July 2018, which webpage offers a written synopsis.
^ Jerry Heller w/ Gil Heavily, Ruthless: A Memoir (New York: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007), p 181. ^ Keith Murphy, “John Singleton: Hollywood’s ultimate hip-hop head broke ground for the culture”, BET.com, 3 May 2019.
Dre's album 2001, Sore Baker writes, “If fact, even songs that did not receive accompanying videos became huge underground hits, as had been the case with The Chronic's Bitches Ain't Shit and Doggystyle's 'Ain't No Fun (If the Homes Can't Have None)” . ^ Ben Archival, “USC football recruiting: Warren G's son, five-star CB Elijah Griffin, commits”, CBS Sports website, 7 Feb 2018.