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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

True Story: Nate Dogg and Warren G Recorded 'Regulate' in a Bedroom Closet

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

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Not sure about you, but I'm still sad about the death of Nate Dogg. Thankfully, there's no shortage of tribute mixes and anecdotes to make me feel better. Wanna know the best one? Warren G says he and Nate Dogg recorded part of their classic hit "Regulate" in a closet at Warren's Long Beach apartment.

Here's the story, as told to DJ Skee (and transcribed by The Boombox): 

 "I had dog s--- all over the floor, and I had two bedrooms. In one of my bedrooms, all I had was studio equipment. I did the sample, plugged in my VCR into the MPC60, sampled [the music], and after I finished it, I called Nate, and said 'Nate, I got a record I think we should do, and go back-and-forth on it. I think it'd be dope.' He came over, he heard it, and was like, 'Damn!' So from there, we hooked up a mic in the closet, and I called my engineer, Greg. He came over and recorded it, and there it is." 

Moral of the story: anyone surrounded by dog shit and old music videos on VHS tapes can create a classic hip-hop track whose legacy spans decades. And here's the finished product of that recording session, because I'll never turn down a opportunity to cram the video for "Regulate" into a post, ever.

[via The Boombox]
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