Warren G Talks Saving Def Jam, Dr. Dre Initially Disliking “Regulate”, Working On New Music With Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne + More With E-A-Ski

West Coast legend and pioneer Warren G recently joined E-A-Ski in his expanding interview series, delving into his groundbreaking contributions to the music industry. During the conversation, Warren G sheds light on his pivotal role in aiding Dr. Dre with his solo debut album, The Chronic, particularly on tracks like “Let Me Ride,” “Lil’ Ghetto Boy,” and “Stranded On Death Row.” He also discusses his instrumental role in introducing Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz, and RBX to Dr. Dre and Death Row Records, shaping the landscape of West Coast hip-hop.

Warren G shares an intriguing anecdote about the inception of his hit song “Regulate.” Initially, his brother Dr. Dre was not fond of the track, but upon hearing it, Jimmy Iovine recognized its potential and selected it as the lead single for the Above The Rim soundtrack. The soundtrack, featuring Warren G and Nate Dogg‘s “Regulate,” became a massive success, selling over 4 million copies. The song also served as the lead single for Warren G’s 1994 solo debut album, Regulate…The G-Funk Era, which achieved quadruple platinum status.

In the interview, Warren G reflects on how the success of Regulate…The G-Funk Era opened doors for other Def Jam artists such as Redman, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, and more. He also touches upon his efforts to regain control of his masters from the label he helped revive from bankruptcy, showcasing his determination to maintain ownership of his work.

Furthermore, Warren G hints at upcoming projects, including collaborations with artists like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, and others. His ongoing commitment to creating innovative music and navigating the ever-evolving music industry underscores his enduring influence and legacy in hip-hop.