Art Of Rap Fest Artist Spotlight- Warren G
When I went to Long Beach I wasn’t sure what to think about it at first. Geographically it seemed so far from the parts of Los Angeles where I “wanted to be at”. I saw stadiums for teams I never heard of, college names I couldn’t place, and of course tall tall palm trees. After linking up with an old friend of mine from the east coast, he showed me around the “real” Long Beach. While walking along what is the most “walking” friendly city in the United States I realized Long Beach has a lot of contradictions. You have a very nice beach and picnic tables where my friend reminded me “..on Friday nights thats where the Crips hang”. I saw the classic V.I.P records where Snoop Dogg introduced white America and all of the world to the his legendary brand of Hip Hop… and the Los Angeles gang culture. Listening to Warren G’s “This Dj” you get the sense the Long Beach is an amazing place to grow up. When listening to Warren G’s “Regulate” you realize Long Beach is a dangerous place to grow up. It’s a city of contradictions. After throwing Warren G on the speakers , hanging out and being forced to eat at Louis Burger (with it being the only thing open) I fell in love with Long Beach. Its my favorite place in Los Angeles. In a sense we all grew up there…through the music of rappers like Warren G.
Warren G grew up in Long Beach California listening to his parents’ record collection which included everything from Jazz to funk. In 1990, he formed the group 213 , (a reference to the Long Beach area code) with his childhood friends Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg. Warren G worked full time jobs and dreamed of making it big. The trio 213 dissolved for the best reason possible; Nate Dogg and Warren G signed with Def Jam Records and Snoop Dogg signed with Death Row Records. The rest is beyond historical.
Warren G dropped the smash hit “Regulate”; a duet with Nate Dogg, which topped the charts in 1994. The accompanying album Regulate The G- Funk Era sold three million copies with “This D.J.”, becoming Warren G’s second to 20 hit. Warren G helped shape the sound of a whole generation and still sounds just as smooth on the mic. When your skills were honed by djaying for and rapping with Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, it’s probably just a California breeze.
Catch Warren G At The Art Or Rap Fest July 18th in Irvine Ca w/ Ice T, The Game, Afrika Bambaataa, Epmd, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, King T, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, The Alkaholiks, Ras Kass, Naughty Nation, Too Short Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Biz Markie and More