Warren G (born Warren Griffin III, November 10, 1970),
is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. His biggest
hit is the song "Regulate" with Nate Dogg released in 1994.
The Grammy nominated song reached number 2 on the US Hot 100.
In 1990, Warren G formed the group 213 (in reference to Los Angeles'
area code) with Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg, known as Snoop Doggy Dog
at the time. They were in search of a record deal and in 1992, Warren
G introduced the group to his step-brother Dr. Dre, who was impressed.
However, only Snoop Dogg and eventually Nate Dogg were signed to
Dre and Suge Knight's record label, Death Row Records. Warren G was
left without a record deal and thus pursued a solo career. Although
Death Row Records did not sign him, he did make some contributions
to Dr. Dre's album The Chronic, released 1992.
In 1993, Warren G produced the track "Indo Smoke" which
featured himself, Nate Dogg, and Mista Grimm. He also rapped on Snoop
Dogg's debut album Doggystyle.
After seeing various new acts get signed by Death Row, and realizing
he was not going to be signed by the label, Warren G started to look
for other avenues to launch his musical career. He scored a deal
in 1993 with Violator Records, which had a distribution deal with
Polygram through Def Jam Records. Warren G's debut album Regulate...
G Funk Era was released in 1994 on Violator/Def Jam. By August 1995
the album had sold four million copies worldwide, with three million
of those sold in the US (certified 3x platinum). Had Death Row Records
signed him, he would have been one of the label's biggest selling
acts at the time. The album contained the hit lead single "Regulate" featuring
Nate Dogg which samples Michael McDonald's classic hit, "I Keep
Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)". The single "Regulate" (US
#2) was certified platinum in America. The album's second single, "This
D.J." (US #9, UK #12), was certified gold in the US and also
gave him his first UK hit. The third and final single, "Do You
See" (US #42) became a moderate hit on the US Hot 100. The year
1994 would also see Warren G doing a track with former NBA Slam Dunk
Champion and NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos on B-Ball's Best Kept Secret,
a rap album with tracks done almost exclusively by early 90s NBA
players. He would score a #2 hit on the UK singles chart with Adina
Howard with "What's Love Got to Do with it", from the soundtrack
album to the movie "Supercop".
Warren G's second album was entitled Take a Look Over Your Shoulder
(Reality) and was released in 1997. It featured two singles: The
hit "I Shot the Sheriff" (US #20, UK#2), a gold single
in the US; and "Smokin' Me Out" (US #35, UK#14). The album
would be certified gold in America.
Together with Sissel Kyrkjebø, Warren G had a hit in several
European countries in 1998 with Prince Igor on the concept album
The Rapsody Overture. The album combined American rappers with European
opera singers. Sissel sang an aria from Borodin's opera Prince Igor
during the chorus, while Warren G rapped.
Warren G had signed to the independent label Restless Records by
the release of his third album I Want It All (album) (1999). The
album offered a jazz-rock fusion style and featured a host of guests
including Mack 10, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Eve. The first single, "I
Want It All" (US #23), sampled the song "I Like It" by
DeBarge. Second single "Game Don't Wait" failed to crack
the US Hot 100, and peaked at #58 on the US R&B Chart. Also at
this time, Warren G had decided to fully embraced his less-gangsta
image at this time. The album was certified gold in the US.
For his fourth album, Warren G returned to major label distribution
as Universal Records released his The Return of the Regulator in
2001. The album had one single released, "Lookin' at You",
which did not crack the Hot 100, and peaked at #72 on the R&B
singles chart. By 2004, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg had reunited
their group 213 and released the album The Hard Way on TVT Records,
which contained the single "Groupie Luv." The song did
not break into the Hot 100, but it peaked at #48 on the R&B Chart.
The album, however, peaked at #4 on the US Top 200 Album Chart, and
was certified gold.
The week of August 1 to August 6, 2005, was dedicated as the "Warren
G Week" by the Mayor of Long Beach.
Warren G released a new album on October 11, 2005, called In the
Mid-Nite Hour. In December 2005, he signed with UniqueInc LTD (UK)
for the UK & Éire, Craze Productions of London is doing
the digital distribution and sales on Mobile and online and Hawino
Records for the North America release. Warren G also appeared on
Celebrity Fit Club. In 2006, he produced the theme song for Ice Cube's
TV show, Black. White. On March 22, Warren G made a song called "Mr.
President," addressing the 2008 presidential candidate race
and encouraged everyone to vote. He also appeared in Celebrity Rap
Superstar as a mentor.
On June 7, 2008, Warren G was arrested for possession of marijuana
with intent to sell. The car he was riding in was pulled over for
running a red light in Los Angeles. He was released on $20,000 bail,
all charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
Three of Warren G's albums have featured a song by 213: "Game
Don't Wait" appeared on his third album I Want It All; "Yo'
Sassy Ways" appeared on his fourth album The Return of the Regulator;
and "PYT" appeared on his fifth album In the Mid-Nite Hour.
The G-Files (released independently on TTL Records on September 29,
2009) failed to reach the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, in addition
to breaking the aforementioned streak. It had sold 3,000 copies in
its first week. He currently resides and performs in Ladera Ranch,
California. His wife and children also live there.
Main article: Warren G discography
* 1994: Regulate...G Funk Era
* 1997: Take a Look Over Your Shoulder
* 1999: I Want It All
* 2001: The Return of the Regulator
* 2005: In the Mid-Nite Hour
* 2009: The G Files
* TBA: Regulate...G Funk Era 2 EP
* TBA: Greatest Hits
* 2004: The Hard Way (with 213)
 Grammy Award nominations
Category Genre Song Year Result
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group Hip hop "Regulate" 1995
Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance Hip hop "This D.J." 1995
* All Of Us (2005)
* Old School (2003)
* Little Richard (2000)
* Speedway Junky (1999)