The Warren G Interview
Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber. Like his stepbrother Dr. Dre, he’s a godfather of G-funk — a reclined complement to the harder West Coast gangsta styles designed by N.W.A — and his production hustle is as smooth and lasting as his buttery braggadocio. Aside from going 10 times platinum off the seminal 1994 Long Beach classic single “Regulate,” the hush-spoken MC has touched more laudable projects than his average fan might realize. I asked Warren about those, and about promoting his new release, The G Files (TLC), on the heels of his standout performance at the recent VH1 Hip-Hop Honors tribute to Def Jam.