Warren G Recalls Producing For 2Pac

The Regulator reflects on lending his production chops to 'Pac for a few joints.

Warren G lent his production skills to 2Pac’s “Definition of a Thug Nigga” and “How Long Will They Mourn Me,” both recorded on the same night. Speaking with Hip-Hop Wired, the Regulator recalled being in the studio with Pac and how the collaborations came to be.

“I mean, he called me. I was at my sister’s house. I was broke, starving, didn’t have nothing. And he heard a record that I did on the Poetic Justice soundtrack called ‘Indo Smoke,’ so he found out that I did it so he gave me a call and was like, ‘Man, I’m in the studio, let’s work.’”

He remembers sitting with the fallen rapper and discussing the problems they were respectively facing in their lives. “I came in and we sat and we talked and I was telling him a lot of stuff I had been through and was going through with the industry and how fucked up I was and how sad I was, not being with the guys that I started with, which was Snoop and Dre, they was doing they thing and I just felt like I was left out. So he took what I was saying along with what he was going through and he put it into a song, and ‘Definition of a Thug Nigga’ came out.”

On top of that, they also helmed “How Long Will They Mourn Me” while in the same studio session. “We also did ‘How Long Will They Mourn Me’ the same night. His boy Kato had died in Detroit, so he was like, Warren, you got something? Boom. Pulled up a track, called Nate Dogg like, ‘Nate, come up here and jump on this.’ Nate came up, rocked it, and then we had ‘How Long Will They Mourn Me.’”

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13 Comments

  • mr. jones

    pac was overrated. good, but overrated the g child still got it, pity he ain't selling as much these days though.

  • Suntzuu

    Those guys Snoop and Dre can sell you for a Dime like Judas. Pac realised that.I wonder if my nigga Nate Dogg saw it too when he was asking for donations for his medical bills.

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  • DV

    "And he heard a record that I did on the Poetic Justice soundtrack called ‘Indo Smoke,’" I could've sworn that was on Higher Learning SDTK. “I came in and we sat and we talked and I was telling him a lot of stuff I had been through and was going through with the industry and how fucked up I was and how sad I was, not being with the guys that I started with, which was Snoop and Dre, they was doing they thing and I just felt like I was left out. How was he left out? He was an artist on DefJam putting out records too. As a matter of fact didnt Warren introduce Snoop to Dre? What did you think was gonna happen with Suge calling shots? You should've got a finders fee or something. Dre and Snoop wouldnt be where they are today if it wasnt for Warren G.

    • Suntzuu

      We are talking about Grown ass man Dre and Snoop and their loyality,we juss cant put everything on Suge.How come Pac took care of so many people and dealt with them fairly.

    • Karl Sjoblom

      Warren G wasnt signed to Def Jam for about another year after these tracks were recorded.

  • Anonymous

    “I mean, he called me. I was at my sister’s house. I was broke, starving, didn’t have nothing". WTF ?!! i thought Dr. Dre and Warreng G were brothers ?!! if i see my brother being broke, starving, and not having shit, i definitely would help him !! that's what family members do after all ! they take care of each others !! and dont tell me Dre couldnt because he was living good with the NWA heritage and the first Chronic LP ! that's just making me realise how some folks dont give a fuck bout anything else but money !!

    • illnan

      dats why TUPAC hated Dre in d end...why he ws makin diss records abt dre..he used to starve his niggas..Pac made a reference in d d song TOSS IT UP..Warren aint fake.hes a humble nigga.Dre hangs arnd those who at d top,wen u dwn den fu""" u..

  • Anonymous

    Warren G is the fake king of G Funk. Above The Law Cold 187um created dat.

  • Anonymous

    What other rapper is knockin' out hits like my man Pac was???? Nobody!!!

  • dockevoc

    both of those songs are ill

  • Anonymous

    RIP Nate and Pac

  • Recognize Real

    Pac was the realest.

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