Warren G’s Documentary Trailer Shows How The G-Funk Era Is Forever (Video)
Nearly a year and a half ago, Warren G’s G-Funk documentary made waves at the 2017 South By Southwest Film Festival. A partnership with filmmaker Karam Gill, the movie examines how a sub-genre of Hip-Hop largely credited to Warren, half-brother Dr. Dre, as well as an artists and producers such as Snoop Dogg, the late Nate Dogg, Ice Cube, DJ Quik, Above The Law, and others, has endured through record label dynasty declines, death, and a fast-changing music space. While many have claimed to have pioneered G-Funk, this documentary contends that the soft-spoken producer/MC/DJ deserves the lion’s share of credit.
On July 11, G-Funk is coming to YouTube Originals. In the extended trailer, Warren, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, The D.O.C., Ice-T, Wiz Khalifa, and others comment on the form of music created in the early 1990s. Warren G and Nate Dogg’s smash 1994 hit “Regulate” also plays.
Notably, the trailer examines the importance of 213: the Long Beach, California trio of Warren, Nate, and Snoop. Although the collective released just one album (2004’s The Hard Way), the underground group had an indelible impact on music. Famously, during one of Dr. Dre’s pool parties, DJ Warren G played his group’s tape. Warren’s older brother inquired about the MC Snoop Dogg. Soon after, “Deep Cover” was recorded, and eventually Dre’s post-N.W.A. solo debut, The Chronic. Featuring input by Warren and Snoop, the album would go on to become a juggernaut. Snoop and his veteran household name producer, Dre, would dominate the early ’90s with follow-up Doggystyle. Warren, who never signed with Dre’s Death Row Records, found immense success bringing the sound to New York City-based Def Jam Records, where he dominated the charts and radio. For 213, it would take a decade to return to their plan of fully working together. Tragically, Nate Dogg died in 2011.
The two-minute trailer also explains how Southern California’s car-culture (especially low-riding) influenced the sound, which was portrayed in popular music videos. Wiz, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, explains how he tries to keep the Gangsta Funk alive in his art.
The full doc’ is available July 11 on YouTube Premium.