Warren G

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Warren Griffin III, 10 November 1970, Long Beach, California, USA. Half-brother to Dr. Dre, Griffin’s parents relocated to Long Beach from Tennessee and Oklahoma before he was born. He was raised in a staunchly Christian tradition, and despite affiliations with gangsta rap, he maintained his allegiance to ‘Jesus’ at the top of his list of dedications on his debut album. It was Dre’s World Class Wreckin’ Cru which inspired him to follow a musical path. He first began rapping and producing while working at the local VIP record store. Later he helped form Dre’s Dogg Pound collective, with Nate Dogg and his best friend, Snoop Doggy Dogg. The trio also worked together as part of 213.

Warren G.’s role in the development of west coast rap was crucial - he is credited with having introduced Snoop Doggy Dogg to Dre (a meeting recalled in his debut album’s ‘Do You See’). Having subsequently produced a...

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