|Single by Warren G featuring Nate Dogg|
|from the album Regulate...G Funk Era & Above the Rim soundtrack|
|Released||April 28, 1994|
|Format||7" single, 12" single, CD single|
|Genre||West Coast hip hop
|Label||Def Jam / Death Row / Interscope Records|
|Writer(s)||Nate Dogg, Warren G|
"Regulate" is a song performed by Warren G and Nate Dogg. Released in the summer of 1994, the track appears on the soundtrack to the film Above the Rim and later Warren G.'s album Regulate...G Funk Era. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It is considered the breakout single for both artists.
The track makes heavy use of a four-bar sample of the rhythm of Michael McDonald's song "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)". It also samples "Sign of the Times" by Bob James and "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre. One mix of the song is referred to as "I Keep Forgettin' to Regulate".
The music video featured scenes from Above the Rim, including an appearance by Tupac Shakur.
Warren G is driving alone through Eastside, Long Beach, California at night, looking for women. He finds a group of men playing dice and tries to join them, but they pull out their guns and rob him instead. Thinking he's about to die, Warren G sings out, "if I had wings I would fly"; one critic describes this moment as "the hook" of the song.
Meanwhile, Nate Dogg is looking for Warren G. He passes a car full of women, who are so fixated on him that they crash their car. He finds Warren G and shoots at the robbers, dispersing them. The two friends then return to the women and ride away with them.
- "Regulate" - Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg)
- "Pain" - 2Pac (feat. Stretch)
- "Mi Monie Rite" - Lord G
- "Loyal to the Game" - 2Pac (feat. Treach, Riddler)
The song label says it was recorded and mixed at Track Record, Inc. in North Hollywood, California by Greg Geitzenauer, with bass by Andreas Straub, keyboards by Greg Geitzenauer, remixing by Marcus McAdam; with additional recording at G-Child Studio in Long Beach, California. However, in a recent interview Warren G claims to have recorded the song in his apartment.
Impact and analysis
"Regulate" became Def Jam's biggest single.
During much of the summer of 1994, the video stayed number one on the MTV charts. In the video as played on MTV, the lyrics are censored with the word "cold" being blanked from the line "Nate Dogg is about to make some bodies turn cold"; an action that Spin equated with racism because more explicit songs by white artists like Johnny Cash were not being censored. The video contained "everyday footage" from the film Above the Rim, as well as new footage, although guest vocalist Nate Dogg did not appear due to conflict between Suge Knight and Def Jam.
The lyrics have been described as "a surreal pastiche of half-sung lyrics about fighting and fucking". Craig Marks recommended "Regulate" for its "lite rock synth lines and rippling bass" but thought that Warren G's rapping abilities were "average".
Awards and nominations
- Best Movie Song — "Regulate" by Warren G. & Nate Dogg (nominated)
- Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - "Regulate" by Warren G. and Nate Dogg (nominated)
End of year charts
Remixes and covers
- Jadakiss used the beat and teamed up with Nate Dogg in his song "Kiss Is Spittin'" from his album Kiss tha Game Goodbye.
- The song was covered live by Umphrey's McGee as early as 2007.
- This song was featured in the video game DJ Hero 2 remixed with Nelly's Hot in Herre.
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