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Warren G

Warren G

Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970), or Warren G, is an American rapper and record producer who, aiding the G-funk sound, assisted West Coast rap's 1990s ascent. In 1990, he had formed with Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg a trio, 213. Topping his seven Top 40 hits, the 1994 single "Regulate," Warren's duet with Nate, was a massive hit. Earlier, despite his teenage jailings, his older stepbrother Dr. Dre pioneering gangsta rap, and himself rapping with skilled lyricist Snoop, Warren G took a unique path into the rap subgenre G-funk's success.Not joining them at Death Row Records, Warren G signed to Def Jam. And less revealing G-funk as gangsta funk, Warren G became G-funk's everyman, voicing simpler concerns, voiced more simply. Spending 18 weeks in the Top 40 of the pop singles chart, the Billboard Hot 100, including three weeks at #2, "Regulate" led his debut album, Regulate... G Funk Era. Selling three million copies by August 1995, it bears his other Top 10 hit, "This D.J.," at #9. Both songs drew 1995 Grammy nominations. And the album's single "Do You See" reached #42.Warren G's second or 1997 album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder, lost his superstar potential, but charted three Top 40 pop, "Smokin' Me Out," a local hit, at #35, and "I Shot the Sheriff" at #20. His sixth Top 40 pop, at #18, is Nate Dogg's 1998 single, a duet, "Nobody Does It Better." Warren meanwhile transitioned to family life. His 1999 album, I Want It All, charted one more Top 40 pop, the title track. Both albums swiftly sold half a million copies, but over 20 years later remain his final Gold albums. In 2001, his fourth album, The Return of the Regulator, an effortful comeback attempt with big collaborators, and maybe his last album under a major record label, subverted his own strengths by trying to exceed them.Released on independent record labels, Warren G's fifth and sixth albums, 2005's In the Mid-Nite Hour and 2009's The G Files, the latter his familiar G-funk sound with, he explained, "a taste of that modern electro sound," are fully his own productions, but escaped popular notice. In the 2010s, amid his live shows, festival touring, and guest roles on television, the digital age brought fans' direct requests for classic G-funk and more Nate Dogg, who died in 2011. In 2015, Warren G released his first EP—Regulate... G Funk Era, Pt. II—via archived recordings of Nate. By digital downloading, the "Regulate" single, Platinum since 1994, went double in 2017. And in 2019, he launched a line of barbecue sauces, Sniffin Griffins BBQ.
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