"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 and makes heavy use of a four-bar sample of the rhythm of Michael McDonald's song "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)".
The music video featured scenes from Above the Rim, including an appearance by Tupac Shakur.
It was number 98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and number 108 on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.
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.
In the third verse, Warren and Nate explain their G-funk musical style; the song "constructs itself as inaugurating a new era".
Regulate was released as a maxi single by Interscope, catalog number 6544-95917-0 (12-inch vinyl) and 6544-95917-2 (CD), along with three other tracks.
- "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 base" but thought that Warren G's rapping abilities were "average".
Awards and nominations
1995 MTV Movie Awards
- Best Movie Song — "Regulate" by Warren G. & Nate Dogg (nominated)
1995 Grammy Awards
- Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - "Regulate" by Warren G. and Nate Dogg (nominated)
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1994)
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100
Remixes and covers
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