In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of his now-classic debut album Regulate… G Funk Era, Warren G sat down with DJ Skee to discuss its impact and his relationships with fellow West Coast legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Recalling his early passion for music, Warren shared his expectations for the record early on.
“I never thought it would get this big, man,” he said. “I was just in love with music, man. Just doing it and wanted the local people to hear it, but somehow, someway, it just caught on and blew up for real.”
Throwing it back to age 18, Warren G also shared how his half-brother Dr. Dre contributed to his growth as a producer from his beginnings as a DJ.
“Dr. Dre, my oldest brother, he paved the way for me and Snoop to get a chance to get into the studio,” he shared. “Back then, I was just deejaying so I wasn’t really that active in and had too much input in what was going on. So I asked him to show me how to work the MPC60. So he showed me.”
Skee also probed Warren on what it was like watching Dre make his way to the forefront of of hip-hop with N.W.A.
“It was off the chain. I mean, It was incredible. I was in junior high school, and i would sneak his jacket and wear it to school. It has the World Class Wreckin’ Cru on it. I was just really, really happy for him and looked up to him as a kid. And still look up to him. He’s a cool cat, man.”
Warren also spoke about his early friendship with Snoop Dogg. Explaining that they became friends in elementary school before drifting apart and coming back together in high school, he said he knew Snoop would be a star.
“I knew it. That’s why I kept staying on him so hard to keep rapping. You know [telling him], ‘Don’t give up.’ We almost got caught up in a different way of life, but I was just like ‘You know what man, we gotta chill and just stay on the right path man.’”
Watch Warren G’s full interview with DJ Skee in the video above.