Review: Warren G – Regulate… G Funk Era, Pt. II [+ stream]
In 1994 Warren G defined the emergent G-funk genre with the seminal debut album Regulate…G Funk Era. Over two decades later, the sequel EP Regulate… G Funk Era, Pt. II has arrived. Literally a throwback, every track features previously unreleased material from fellow G-funk pioneer Nate Dogg as well as featuring familiar West Coast faces such as E-40 and Too $hort. Although in many ways a tribute to Nate Dogg the EP maintains a positivity serving as a celebration of his musical talent.
Despite the decades since G-funk exploded onto the scene the original sound has not been lost and the sequel EP seems to transition seamlessly from Warren G’s original debut album. Based on some of the musical influences on recent albums such as Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Snoop Dogg’s Bush, G-funk seems to be enjoying something of a mini resurgence. Although doubtful that Warren G will ever match the impact of his triple platinum debut, the part 2 EP serves as a short, sweet reminder and timely tribute to the G-funk era.