Warren G

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Warren G
Warren G and Kurupt.jpg
Warren G (right) performing with Kurupt in 2015
Background information
Birth name Warren Griffin III
Born (1970-11-10) November 10, 1970 (age 46)
Origin Long Beach, California, U.S.
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Occupation(s)
Years active 1990–present
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Website WarrenG.com

Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970)[1] better known by his stage name Warren G, is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. Griffin began his career as part of the California hip-hop trio 213, but is best for known for his work as a solo artist, most notably for his first two studio albums, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder and Regulate...G Funk Era, which are certified gold and triple platinum respectively by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In total, Griffin has released six studio albums as a solo artist, one as part of 213 and two EPs.

In addition to music, Griffin has appeared in four movies and three television shows, and is a playable character in the video games Rap Jam: Volume One and Def Jam: Fight For NY.

Career[edit]

In the early 1990s, Warren G was a member of the Long Beach, California hip hop trio 213. The group also featured Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. After the solo success of the former with Death Row Records, the latter and Warren G appeared on the 1993 single "Indo Smoke" by Mista Grimm which was featured on the Poetic Justice soundtrack. The two followed this up in 1994 with their own single, the smash hit "Regulate" which appeared on the Above the Rim soundtrack. The track was later featured on Warren G's solo debut album, Regulate... G Funk Era, which, due to the success of "Regulate," debuted at #2 on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and went on to sell over 3 million copies.

Warren G's second album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder, released in 1997, featured the hits "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Smokin' Me Out." The album was certified gold in America.

Warren G would release four more albums between 1999 and 2009.

From June to September 2013, Warren G toured on the West Coast Fest tour.[2]

He was a guest star on the Warner Bros. television sitcom Newsreaders with Louis La Fonda on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, playing OG Hemingway.

On July 13, 2015, Warren G released "My House",[3] the first single for his EP Regulate... G Funk Era, Pt. II, which also features material Nate Dogg recorded before his death in 2011. The EP was released on August 6, 2015.

In 2016 Warren G featured in panjabi mc's gora gora song.

Personal life[edit]

Warren G is the stepbrother of rapper and producer Dr. Dre. He assisted with production on Dre's 1992 solo debut The Chronic by providing samples and beats.[4] As of 2016, he has a net worth of $10 million. He is the 99th richest rapper above rap duo Mobb Deep.

Legacy[edit]

The Mayor of Long Beach, California dedicated the week of August 1-6, 2005 as the "Warren G Week," because he donated time to the community.[5] His album Regulate...G Funk Era is widely considered a classic of West Coast rap.

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Genre Song Category Result
1995 Hip hop "Regulate" Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group [6] Nominated
"This D.J." Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Warren G". Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "West Coast Fest Tour Line-Up Features E-40, Dogg Pound, Warren G & More". Hotnewhiphop.com. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  3. ^ Maxwell, Ryan. "Warren G ft Nate Dogg – My House". HHKMag. Ryan Maxwell. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Reeves, Mosi. "Warren G and Nate Dogg's 'Regulate': The Oral History of a Hip-Hop Classic". Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ "Warren G Week Aug. 1-6 In Long Beach". West Coast News Network]. 2005-07-29. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  6. ^ Stout, Gene (March 1, 1995). "Grammys Promise a Dumbfounding Medley of Talent". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. p. C1. 
  7. ^ "Warren G Announces Regulate…G Funk Era: Pt.2". Rap Radar. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 

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