Watch: Warren G Recalls How Dr. Dre 'Paved The Way' For His Career

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.

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"Books have the ability to teach, inspire, and bring people together. That's why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me," he said. "Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in. I PROMISE is powerful in that way and I can't wait for people to read it." On Instagram, James expounded upon his statement, hoping that the text will inspire its young readers and encourage the next game-changer.

"Man, the beauty of this is the process in how we got here," he wrote. "Never settling no matter the opportunities or chapters we add to this journey and now we get to share our promise and our story with kids and families everywhere. I can’t wait for everyone to read this, share this, feel empowered, and strive for greatness the same way my kids from Akron do every day." The book is illustrated by Nina Mata and will focus on giving back to communities and a reminder to always bet on yourself.

 

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Our own children’s book⁉️ What!! @ljfamfoundation @ipromiseschool Man, the beauty of this is the process in how we got here. Never settling no matter the opportunities or chapters we add to this journey and now we get to share our promise and our story with kids and families everywhere. I can’t wait for everyone to read this, share this, feel empowered, and strive for greatness the same way my kids from Akron do every day. 🙏🏾 Middle school edition next. 👀 👑 @harpercollins

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