17 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time of his second album, Warren G had watched the Death Row empire rise and fall, and even the most ardent supporters would have to admit that the G Funk era was long dead. Whether a result of the turbulent times, or just the dreaded sophomore jinx, Take A Look Over Your Shoulder is definitely a step down from his much-loved debut, but it's not a terrible album by any stretch. Warren's beats are still solid, but the mellow vibe just gets a little toooo mellow at times. Regardless, there are still a few great songs on here — the sensitive ode to his mother "Annie Mae" featuring Nate Dogg, celebratory weed jam "Smokin' Me Out" with Ron Isley, and the refreshingly rugged "We Brings Heat," a collabo with the Twinz and Da Five Footaz, are all well worth checking out.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time of his second album, Warren G had watched the Death Row empire rise and fall, and even the most ardent supporters would have to admit that the G Funk era was long dead. Whether a result of the turbulent times, or just the dreaded sophomore jinx, Take A Look Over Your Shoulder is definitely a step down from his much-loved debut, but it's not a terrible album by any stretch. Warren's beats are still solid, but the mellow vibe just gets a little toooo mellow at times. Regardless, there are still a few great songs on here — the sensitive ode to his mother "Annie Mae" featuring Nate Dogg, celebratory weed jam "Smokin' Me Out" with Ron Isley, and the refreshingly rugged "We Brings Heat," a collabo with the Twinz and Da Five Footaz, are all well worth checking out.

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About Warren G

Born Warren Griffin III, Warren G exploded out of the burgeoning Long Beach rap scene in 1994 with the smash single "Regulate," a duet with longtime friend Nate Dogg, and its accompanying album, Regulate...G Funk Era. G grew up in Long Beach listening to his parents' extensive collection of jazz, soul and funk records, also frequently hanging out at the local V.I.P. record store. As a teenager, he and his friends Nate Dogg and future superstar Snoop Dogg formed a rap group called 213, after their area code. Unfortunately, all three had brushes with the law and spent time in jail, which motivated them to get jobs, also working on their music on the side. Eventually, the V.I.P. record store allowed the trio to practice and record in a back room. It was here that Snoop cut the demo "Super Duper Snooper," which G played for his half-brother Dr. Dre at a party. Dre invited all three to his studio and wound up collaborating with Snoop on The Chronic. While G also made several contributions, he opted to develop his talents mostly outside of Dre's shadow. He honed his musical skills while producing such artists as MC Breed and 2Pac. A break came when his vocal collaboration with Mista Grimm, "Indo Smoke," appeared on the Poetic Justice soundtrack. Soon after that, G recorded his debut album for Violator. "Regulate" appeared on the Above the Rim soundtrack and was released as a single. It quickly became a massive hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard charts and pushing the album up to the same position. The album eventually went triple platinum, with "This D.J." becoming his second Top 10 hit. Warren G took nearly three years to complete his second album, returning in the spring of 1997 with Take A Look Over Your Shoulder, which was greeted with decidedly mixed reviews and weak sales. I Want It All followed in 1999 with The Return of the Regulator appearing two years later. In 2005 he signed with Lightyear Enterntainment and released In the Mid-Nite Hour. ~ Steve Huey

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