Producer: Warren G
Album: Above the Rim: The Soundtrack
Label: Def Jam, Death Row, Interscope

Warren G's best known song might be "Regulate" but his career before that record dropped would be better summarized as "overlooked." Despite being the one who introduced his friend Snoop Doggy Dogg to his half-brother Dr. Dre and teaming up with Snoop and Nate Dogg to form 213 prior to "Deep Cover," for whatever reason, Suge Knight simply ignored Warren G. What did he care? Death Row and West Coast hip-hop were dominating the rap market without him. But one man cared: Chris Lighty (RIP). The wily industry vet made moves, got Warren G on Def Jam, "Regulate" became a smash, and it scored a much needed victory for the label going through a cold moment. Meanwhile, despite all the credit we'd like to give to Warren G and his laid back flow, it was the masterful lull of Nate Dogg that made the song what it is. RIP to Nate Dogg and Chris Lighty, both legends in their own right. - Insanul Ahmed