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Regulate: G Funk Era [20th Anniversary Edition]

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Warren G 12/9/2014

Review

Anchored by the laid-back G-funk anthem "Regulate," Warren G's appropriately titled Regulate...G Funk Era embodies the mid-'90s era of Cali sunshine, endless blunts, and switch-hittin' lowriders with a welcome and somewhat surprising sense of kind-heartedness. Unlike most of his West Coast G-funk peers, Warren doesn't celebrate drive-by gang-bangin', dirty-money stackin', nor G's-up, hoes-down pimpin'. Sure, he says the F word once in a while and puffs on the cheeba-cheeba when it's passed his way, but he's essentially a good-natured, all-ages rapper, interested in nothing more than good ol'-fashioned hip-hop. He professes his demeanor succinctly on the catchy hook to "This DJ," the other era-defining highlight here: "It's kinda easy when you're listening to the G-ed-up sound/Pioneer speakers bumpin' as I smoke on a pound/I got the sound fo yo' ass and it's easy to see/That this DJ be Warren G." Like his stepbrother Dr. Dre, Warren is a more talented producer than rapper, and it's his by-the-book G-funk beat-making that truly shines here. For instance, another album highlight, "Do You See," boasts an elastic bassline and whistling synth hook, capturing the essence of G-funk as only Dre himself could. Warren further compensates for his middling rapping with a couple of guests, a few skits, and a brief running time. Even if "Regulate" and "This DJ" tower far above everything else here, Regulate...G Funk Era is nonetheless a minor gem among the myriad G-funk albums of the mid-'90s, and Warren embodies the style itself here with a precision perhaps second only to his older brother and does so with a refreshing air of harmlessness. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Regulate Warren G 4:9
  3. 2 Do You See Warren G 3:58
  4. 3 Gangsta Sermon Warren G 0:37
  5. 4 Recognize Warren G 3:0
  6. 5 Super Soul Sis Warren G 2:57
  7. 6 '94 Ho Draft Warren G 1:1
  8. 7 So Many Ways Warren G 3:25
  9. 8 This D.J. Warren G 3:23
  10. 9 This is the Shack Warren G 4:6
  11. 10 What's Next Warren G 3:27
  12. 11 And Ya Don't Stop Warren G 3:22
  13. 12 Runnin' Wit No Breaks Warren G 3:33
  14. 13 Regulate Warren G 4:56
  15. 14 Regulate Warren G 3:53
  16. 15 Regulate Warren G 5:38

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