Tomorrow Warren G turns 41, celebrating with a show at the Key Club on Friday. But while everyone knows him for “Regulate,” his signature duet with Nate Dogg, he’s actually had important roles in hip-hop history, many of which have gone under-discussed.
Warren Griffin III started his career as one-third of rap trio 213, along with the Doggs Nate and Snoop. Taking their name from the Long Beach area code, they recorded a particularly potent demo which Warren was able to get in the hands of his step-brother, Dr. Dre. He thus not only hooked up Dre with Snoop, but played an important role behind the scenes at Death Row Records, helping Dre produce The Chronic and shaping the west coast g-funk sound that changed hip-hop. [READ MORE]