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Warren Griffin III, 10 November 1970, Long Beach, California, USA. Half-brother to Dr. Dre, Griffins 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 Dres 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 Dres 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 albums Do You See). Having subsequently produced a...