Warren G

Rapper and producer Warren Griffin III, better known as Warren G, was born on November 10, 1970, in Long Beach, California. He is widely regarded as one of the artists who helped shape the West Coast sound of the 1990s. The stepbrother of Dr. Dre and childhood friend of Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg, he founded the trio 213 before helping popularize G-Funk, a hip-hop subgenre that relied heavily on samples from 1970s Parliament-Funkadelic albums. His studio debut Regulate... G Funk Era from 1994 reached number 2 in the US, stayed in the charts for over a year and achieved triple-platinum status. The single "Regulate" from the album became one of his best-known hits and reached Top 10 positions in several countries, including number 2 in the United States and number 7 in Germany. The follow-up album Take a Look Over Your Shoulder was released in 1997 and sold more than 1 million copies. The single "What's Love Got to Do With It", a remake of Tina Turner's 1984 hit, reached number 2 in the UK singles charts and number 32 on the American charts. His fourth album, The Return of the Regulator (2001), was his return to the early days of gangsta rap and also his last album to be released on a major label. The following albums, In the Mid-Nite Hour (2005) and The G Files (2009), were issued via the indie label Hawino Records. In 2015, he returned with the EP Regulate... G Funk Era, Pt. II in memory of Nate Dogg, who passed away in 2011, featuring unreleased recordings from the 213 era. Throughout the 2010s, he also served as a producer for musicians such as Bishop Lamont, Rap Monster, and Young Jeezy.

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