The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

39. Warren G "Regulate" (1994)

Album: Regulate...G Funk Era
Producer: Warren G
Label: Def Jam,Death Row,Interscope Records

Warren G and Nate Dogg’s “Regulate”, off 1994’s Regulate...G Funk Era, is a stone cold classic and one of the defining records of West Coast hip-hop. Warren’s ace production was built around a loop of the old Michael McDonald smash “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)." Nate’s vocals flexed his signature pairing of smooth singing and dirty lyrics. The tag team tell a story of a night where Warren gets accosted by gun-toting gangsters until Nate, distracted by beautiful women he encounters on a night drive, shows up late to save the day. “Regulate” was both Warren G’s first and biggest hit. It reached the Billboard top ten all over the world and showed that Snoop’s homies could craft hits without any help from their benefactors.

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