Regulate

Nate Dogg, Warren G

About Regulate

"Regulate" is a song performed by hip hop artists Warren G and Nate Dogg. It was released in the spring of 1994 as the first single on the soundtrack to the film Above the Rim and later Warren G.'s album Regulate... G Funk Era. It became an MTV staple and the song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It is considered the breakout single for both artists. The track makes heavy use of a four-bar sample of the rhythm of Michael McDonald's song "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)". It also samples "Sign of the Times" by Bob James and "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre. One mix of the song is referred to as "I Keep Forgettin' to Regulate", which often borrows heavily from the original track's chorus. The song also starts with a read introduction referencing dialogue from the film Young Guns. 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. 


Year:
2013
4:10
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It was a clear black night, a clear white moon
Warren G. is on the streets, trying to consume
Some skirts for the eve, so I can get some funk
Just rollin' in my ride, chillin all alone

Just hit the eatside of the L.B.C.
On a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G.
Seen a car full of skirts ain't no need to tweak
All you skirts know what's up with 213

So I hooks a left on the 21 to Lewis
Some brothas shootin dice so I said "let's do this"
I jumped out the ride, and said "what's up?"
Some brothas pulled some gats so I said "I'm stuck"

Since these girls peepin me I'ma glide and swerve
These hookers lookin so hard they straight hit the curb
Gonna think of better things than some horny tricks
I see my homey and some suckers all in his mix

I'm gettin jacked, I'm breakin myself
I can't believe they're taking Warren's wealth
They took my rings, they took my rolex
I looked at the brothas and said "damn, what's next?"

They got my homey hemmed up and they all around
Ain't none of them seeing if they going straight pound for pound
I gotta come up real quick before they start to clown
I besta pull out my strap and lay them busters down

They got guns to my head
I think I'm going down
I can't believe this happened in my home town
If I had wings I would fly
Let me contemplate
I glanced in the cut and I see my homey Nate

Sixteen in the clip and one in the hole
Nate Dogg is about to make some bodies turn cold
Now they droppin and yellin
It's a tad bit late
Nate Dogg and Warren G. had to regulate

I laid all them busters down
I let my gat explode
Now I'm switching my mind back into freak mode
If you want skirts step back and observe
I just left a gang of those over there on the curb

Now Nate got the freaks
And that's a known fact
Before I got jacked I was on the same track
Back up back up 'cause it's on
N-A-T-E and me
The Warren to the G

Just like I thought
They were in the same spot
In need of some desperate help
The Nate Dogg and the G-child
Were in need of something else
One of them dames was sexy as hell
I said "ooh I like your size"
She said "my car's broke down and you seem real nice"
"Would you let me ride?"
I got a car full of girls and it's going real swell
The next stop is the east side motel

I'm tweaking
Onto a whole new level
G-Funk
Stept towards
I dare ya
Funk
On a whole new level
The rythmn is the base and the base is the treble
Chords
Strings
We brings
Melody
G-Funk
Where rythmn is life
And life is rythmn
If you know like I know
You don't want to step to this
It's the G-Funk era
Funked out with a gangster twist
If you smoke like I smoke
Then you high like everyday
And if your ass is a buster
213 will regulate

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Warren G

Warren G (born Warren Griffin III, November 10, 1970), is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. more »

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Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Nathaniel Hale, Warren Iii Griffin

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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8 facts about this song

Release and Reception
"Regulate" is a song performed by Warren G and Nate Dogg. It was released in the summer of 1994 as the first single from the soundtrack album "Above the Rim" and later Warren G's album "Regulate...G Funk Era".
Chart Performance
The song reached no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and no. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.
Production Details
Michael McDonald's song "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" was sampled for the rhythm and melody of "Regulate". - The album version of the song begins with a quote from the movie "Young Guns" - something particularly noteworthy, since the song was featured on the basketball movie "Above the Rim’s" soundtrack instead.
Accolades
"Regulate" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1995. - It has been recognized as one of the 100 greatest hip hop songs by VH1.
Cultural Impact
The song helped to bring G-funk to the mainstream. - Nate Dogg’s smooth vocal style and Warren G’s relaxed verses made this song a universal hit and helped establish the West Coast’s dominance in the mid-90s hip hop scene.
Storytelling
"Regulate" is unique in terms of its storytelling. The song narrates a night in the life of two friends navigating through dangerous territories and encounters.
Numeric Significance
The song's running length of about 4:08 holds a numerological significance as it adds up to the number 13, the same numbers as the letters of Warren G’s real name, Warren Griffin III.
Legacy
The song is considered a classic in the hip hop realm and continues to hold a significant place in popular culture even years after its release.

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