On this day in music history: June 7, 1994 – &…

On this day in music history: June 7, 1994 – “Regulate…G Funk Era”, the debut album by Warren G is released. Produced by Warren G., it is recorded at Track Record Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA, Saturn Sound in Studio City, CA, Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA and G-Child Studios in Long Beach, CA from Mid 1993 – Mid 1994. Born Warren Griffin III in Long Beach, CA in 1970, he becomes involved in music in his teens with childhood friend Nate Hale (aka “Nate Dogg”). Along with Nate’s cousin Calvin Broadus (aka “Snoop Dogg”), the trio form the rap group 213. The younger stepbrother of Dr. Dre, Warren plays a home produced demo by 213 at a party attended by Dre. He immediately takes notice of Snoop and offers him a chance to record with him. With Snoop Dogg becoming a huge star, 213 breaks up. At this time, Dre introduces Warren to “Boyz In The Hood” director John Singleton, who is working on his second film “Poetic Justice”. Singleton asks Griffin to write and produce a song for the soundtrack, and Warren comes up with “Indo Smoke” featuring rapper Mista Grimm and Nate Dogg. The song is a hit, and right on the heels of that success, the producer receives another offer to contribute to another soundtrack. For the film “Above The Rim”, Warren G. and Nate Dogg come up with the “Regulate” (#7 R&B, #2 Pop, #1 Rap). Centered around a sample of Michael McDonald’s solo smash “I Keep Forgettin’” and featuring Nate Dogg’s laid back vocals as the counterpoint to Warren’s rap, it is an immediate smash. With labels clamoring to sign him, Griffin signs with Def Jam Records. With the Double Platinum selling “Regulate” tearing up the charts during the late Spring of 1994, anticipation for Warren G’s album is high. Released just as the first single is peaking on the charts, the album hits record stores. Moving nearly 200,000 copies in its first week, the album becomes “the Hip Hop album” of that Summer, selling more than three million copies in the US. It spins off two more singles including “This DJ” (#14 R&B, #9 Pop, #3 Rap) and “Do You See” (#45 R&B, #42 Pop, #11 Rap). Though not released as a single, a slightly different mix of the song “So Many Ways” appears in the action comedy “Bad Boys” in 1995. The “Regulate” album is remastered and reissued in 2007 as a two CD Special Edition, with the second disc featuring six bonus tracks including remixes of the three singles and an instrumental version of “What’s Next”. Issued on a limited basis on vinyl back in 1994, it is remastered and reissued in Europe in 2000 and again in 2005 as double vinyl LP. A single vinyl pressing is also released in 2015. “Regulate…G Funk Era” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number two on the Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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