Since their debut album, 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang has become synonymous with gritty, direct lyrics and beats that draw from classic soul, horn-blasted funk, cinematic curios, and dirty guitar licks (among many others.) With each successive album, the group solidifies their hold on hip-hop, watching over the years as rappers, trends and ephemeral styles come and go and become musical footnotes in the game.
If the name Warren G rings a bell to you, you will likely go back in your mind to the year1994 when the hit track “Regulate” with Warren G and Nate Dogg was topping the charts. As I prepared for this interview, I recognized that Warren G had lost a lot of his mainstream fan base because many of the questions on Twitter and Facebook were asking where he’s been. Hopefully, through this and the next few posts focused on Warren G, you’ll get reacquainted and fall back in love with his signature G-Funk music over again. For those of you who were fans through it all, fist bumps to ya, would love to hear your thoughts.
Having recently covered some hip hop events, I’ve come into contact with some classic hip hop artists. I had a “Shoo girl! You gettin old!” moment the other day when I was talking to a friend who was completely oblivious to groups like UTFO. So I feel this week I need to drop a little knowledge and get Generation Y caught up with some of earlier hip hop that paved the way for what they hear today.
I’m going back through photos and video tonight that I took at Raekwon’s album release party back on September 8, 2009 in NYC…Rather than leave them unused, I thought I’d create this journal style post and share them with you.
After 10 million albums sold worldwide, Warren G’s seventh studio album, THE G FILES, will be released on September 29th.