Regulators, mount up! Warren G is forever engrained in Hip Hop culture, primarily for the unforgettable 1994 single “Regulate” featuring the late Nate Dogg.
Taken from the Long Beach native’s 3x-platinum debut Regulate… G Funk Era, the track spent 18 weeks in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 2. “This DJ,” also from the same album, peaked at No. 2 while both songs earned a Grammy Award nomination.
Warren G has released five subsequent studio albums, the latest being 2009’s The G Files. While his musical output has undeniably slowed over the years, the 51-year-old rapper is now ready to change that. On Friday (February 4), he hopped in HipHopDX‘s comment section to comment on a Slim Thug story and wound up confirming his next single is on the way.
After someone gave Warren G his props, he replied, “much love appreciate it g. 2.13.22 the come back coming.”
The single arrives on the same day Warren G’s step-brother Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige hit the Super Bowl LVI stage for the Pepsi halftime show. Both Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have played integral roles in Warren G’s career.
In an October 2021 interview with The Breakfast Club, Snoop Dogg revealed he actually helped pen Regulate…G-Funk Era in an effort to keep him safe from former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.
“Like I said, my pen had something to do with that,” Snoop said. “We was trying to protect the homie from Suge Knight at the time, Suge was taking everything so we wanted to make sure Warren G had a dope record without him being able to get it, so we silently, me and Kurupt and a few others, went to work for Warren G to make sure that his record could be what it was.”
Snoop Dogg added he and his West Coast rap brethren encouraged Warren G to sign with Def Jam Recordings instead, adding, “We all wanted to be on Def Jam. You gotta understand, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, LL Cool J, EPMD, you understand what I’m saying? This a foundation to Hip Hop for us.”
Warren G teased the forthcoming single in another Instagram post on Saturday (February 5), which shows him masked up in the studio with several live musicians.
“Behind the scenes it’s that time a day!” he wrote in the caption. “2.13.22 #regulator WarrenGfunkera #independent Different From The Rest @bombbass1014.”