Regulate...G Funk Era

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Regulate... G Funk Era
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Studio album by Warren G
Released June 7, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre West Coast hip hop, G-funk
Length 34:50
Label Def Jam, Violator
Producer Warren G
Warren G chronology
Regulate... G Funk Era
(1994)
Take a Look Over Your Shoulder
(1997)
Singles from Regulate... G Funk Era
  1. "Regulate"
    Released: April 28, 1994
  2. "This D.J."
    Released: July 5, 1994
  3. "Do You See"
    Released: November 1, 1994

Regulate... G Funk Era is the debut studio album by American rapper Warren G. It was released in June 7, 1994 by Violator Records and distributed by the Def Jam record label. The album's biggest hit was the eponymous single "Regulate", a gritty depiction of West Coast gang life which samples singer Michael McDonald's hit "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" and featured Nate Dogg. The album also contained the top ten hit "This D.J." The song "Regulate" was also featured on the Above the Rim soundtrack, which was released on March 22, 1994. An altered version of the song "So Many Ways" appeared in the 1995 film Bad Boys.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[2]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars[3]
RapReviews (8/10)[4]
Robert Christgau (B+)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
USA Today 3/4 stars[7]
Spin (Highly Recommended) [8]

Rolling Stone (8/11/94, p. 69) - 3 Stars - Good - "...fat-bottomed, mellowed-out sound that conjures up the days of way back. Its lazy, loping shuffle suits the Southern California climate..."

Spin (9/94, p. 135) - Highly Recommended - "Truth be told, Warren G. wasn't cut out to be a hardass. He's a romantic, in love with soft sound."[9]

The album received some positive reviews from critics, with Robert Christgau commenting positively regarding the coolly menacing nature of the music. Warren G also received two Grammy nominations: "This D.J." was nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, while "Regulate" was nominated for a 1995 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.

Commercial Performance[edit]

The album debuted at #2 on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart selling 176,000 its opening week. The album later went on the sell over 3 million copies in the US and has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Regulate" (featuring Nate Dogg) 4:10
  2. "Do You See" 3:59
  3. "Gangsta Sermon" (featuring B-Tip and Ricky Harris) 0:36
  4. "Recognize" (featuring The Twinz) 2:59
  5. "Super Soul Sis" (featuring Jah Skills) 2:56
  6. "'94 Ho Draft" (featuring B-Tip and Ricky Harris) 1:00
  7. "So Many Ways" (featuring Wayniac and Lady Levi) 3:24
  8. "This D.J." (featuring O.G.L.B.) 3:23
  9. "This Is the Shack" (featuring The Dove Shack) 4:05
  10. "What's Next" (featuring Mr. Malik) 3:26
  11. "And Ya Don't Stop" 3:22
  12. "Runnin' wit No Breaks" (featuring Jah Skills, Bo Roc, G Child and The Twinz) 3:32
  • Special Bonus Tracks (Bonus CD in Special Version of 2007)
  1. "Regulate (Remix)" (featuring Nate Dogg) 4:19
  2. "Do You See (Stepz Remix)" 5:15
  3. "Do You See (Old Skool Mix)" 5:17
  4. "This D.J. (Remix)" (featuring O.G.L.B.) 3:46
  5. "This D.J. (Dobie's Rub Part 1)" (featuring O.G.L.B.) 4:02
  6. "What's Next (Instrumental)" 3:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Warren G - Vocals, Producer
  • Nate Dogg - Vocals
  • Chris Lighty - Executive Producer
  • Paul Stewart - Executive Producer
  • John Philip Shenale - Editing
  • John Morris - Assistant Engineer, Mixing, Mixing Assistant
  • Greg Geitzenauer - Keyboards, Mixing, Engineer
  • Mike Ainsworth - Assistant Engineer
  • Ulysses Noriega - Assistant Engineer
  • George "Yorrgi" Gallegos - Assistant Engineer
  • Christopher C. Murphy - Assistant Engineer/Runner
  • Tony Green - Bass
  • Daniel Shulman - Bass
  • Che Laird - Guitar
  • Andreas Straub - Guitar
  • Morris O'Connor - Guitar
  • Sean "Barney" Thomas - Keyboards
  • Carl "Butch" Small - Percussion
  • The Dove Shack - Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Ricky Harris - Vocals
  • B-Tip - Vocals
  • Deon - Vocals
  • Dewayne - Vocals
  • Lady Levi - Vocals
  • Jah-Skilz - Vocals
  • G-Child (Warren G) - Vocals (Background)
  • O.G.L.B. - Vocals (Background)
  • Bernie Grundman - Mastering
  • Michael Miller - Photography

Samples[edit]

Regulate

Do You See

Super Soul Sis

94 Ho Draft

This Is The Shack

This D.J.

And Ya Don't Stop

Runnin' Wit No Breaks

So Many Ways

What's Next

Recognize

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994-1995) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 42
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 19
German Albums (Official Top 100)[12] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 26
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 25
US Billboard 200[16] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 1

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Do You See" Billboard Hot 100 #42
1994 "Regulate" Billboard Hot 100 #2
1994 "This D.J." Billboard Hot 100 #9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Q Magazine review
  4. ^ RapReviews review
  5. ^ Robert Christgau review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ USA Today review
  8. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=8X17JjiXfYYC&pg=PA135#v=onepage&q&f=false
  9. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=8X17JjiXfYYC&pg=PA135#v=onepage&q&f=false
  10. ^ "Warren G – Regulate... G Funk Era". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "Warren G – Regulate... G Funk Era" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "Warren G – Regulate... G Funk Era". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Warren G – Regulate... G Funk Era". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "Warren G – Regulate... G Funk Era". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  15. ^ "Warren G | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  16. ^ "Warren G – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Warren G. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  17. ^ "Warren G – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Warren G. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Warren G – Regulate...G Funk Era". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Warren G – Regulate...G Funk Era". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Regulate...G Funk Era in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Warren G – Regulate...G Funk Era". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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