Album: Regulate...G Funk Era (1994)
Charted: 5 2

Songfacts®:

  • Released in the summer of 1994, "Regulate" was the breakout single for both American West Coast rapper Warren G and singer Nate Dogg. In an interview with DJ Skee, Warren recalled that Nate recorded his portion of the hit in a closet. "I had an apartment on Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio, and I didn't have no furniture," he reminisced. "I had dog s--- all over the floor, and I had two bedrooms. In one of my bedrooms, all I had was studio equipment. I did the sample, plugged in my VCR into the MPC60, sampled [the music], and after I finished it, I called Nate, and said 'Nate, I got a record I think we should do, and go back-and-forth on it. I think it'd be dope.' He came over, he heard it, and was like, 'Damn!' So from there, we hooked up a mic in the closet, and I called my engineer, Greg. He came over and recorded it, and there it is."
  • The song sampled the 1984 Michael McDonald hit "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)." It also features a quote from jazz performer Bob James' 1981 track "Sign of the Times" and dialogue spoken from the 1988 film Young Guns.
  • The song appears on the soundtrack to the film Above The Rim and the music video also features scenes from the movie.
  • In the early 1990s Warren G and Nate Dogg were in a group called 213 with a certain Snoop Dogg, who was known as Snoop Doggy Dog at the time.
  • Warren G is the stepbrother of rapper and producer Dr. Dre. They share the same mother but have different fathers.
  • Nate Dogg died on March 15, 2011 in Long Beach, California of congestive heart failure, along with complications related to two previous strokes.

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