Underrated: "People Didn't Know He Could Write Songs Better Than He Could Write A Hook"
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Myko gave Andre 3000 the title, rap veteran Warren G crowns the late Nate Dogg SOHH Underrated.]
I think Nate [Dogg] was underrated as far as being a "song writer" because a lot of people didn't know he could write songs better than he could write a hook.
And a lot of people thought, "Okay, well, let's just have Nate sing the hook." But with me and him, we would do a "song." He was really singing. People can hear that on our records and G Funk Classics. They heard that.
He wrote songs and people don't understand that. As far as myself, there's a lot of people that think I'm one of the most underrated producers and the reason why is because I haven't been out there, since I've been doing this, pushing myself like I'm the number one producer.
I'm not going out to all of these labels and hitting up all of these artists and playing my tracks. Now I'm doing that. I wasn't doing that before. People were saying, "Okay, Warren, could you do this and can you do this?" If they needed a song, I'd give it to them. He'd get a gold record. If this guy needed a record, boom. I'd give it to him. Boom, platinum record.
Now, that's what it is and people understand how great Nate was and he's more than just a hook man because they listen to the albums now and can really understand more about him. Now they're getting the song writer.
Warren G exploded out of the burgeoning Long Beach rap scene in 1994 with the smash single "Regulate," a duet with longtime friend Nate Dogg, and its accompanying album, Regulate...G Funk Era. G grew up in Long Beach listening to his parents' extensive collection of jazz, soul and funk records, also frequently hanging out at the local V.I.P. record store. As a teenager, he and his friends Nate Dogg and future superstar Snoop Dogg formed a rap group called 213, after their area code.
Check out Nate Dogg's music below: