Warren G & Nate Dogg Found Fame Reworking ’80s Grooves. So Why Not An Encore? (Audio)
In 1994, Warren G & Nate Dogg brought the other gifted components of 213 to the forefront with “Regulate.” On Warren’s Def Jam Records debut, and Death Row Records’ Above The Rim soundtrack (Nate’s label), the song reverberated in some stylish G-Funk storytelling. With its pounding bassline, weed-scented coolness, and smooth Rap-meets-R&B flavor, the record was built around Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’.” The 1980s got a clever facelift, and the Eastside of Long Beach City went global.
Now, Regulate…G-Funk Era II is upon us.
2015’s “My House” applies this formula. Four years removed from Nate’s death, Warren builds a “G-Child” bassline around an interpolation of Madness’ “Our House.” This new one has less in common than the original, but still weaves in the chorus in a playful, simplistic groove.
Is Hip-Hop needs its posthumous Nate Dogg moment, is “Our House” it?