Who: Warren G
When: Sunday, June 13, 9 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance at Billabong, Katmandu, Evolution or Clubzone.com
Better known to his legions of loyal fans as The Regulator or just straight-up Warren G, Warren Griffin III is largely considered to be one of the founding fathers of G-Funk.
Hits like "Regulate," "This DJ," "I Want It All" and his rap version of "I Shot The Sheriff" were just a few of the popular singles that propelled him to the front of the pack and onto airways across the nation. And while many artists would be taking it easy after putting almost 20 years into the industry, Warren G isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
He's been touring steadily since March, promoting his latest album, The G-Files , across North America. On Monday morning he was in Nanaimo gearing up for his next gig, with his first-ever show in Whistler right around the corner.
"I'm comin' out here to rock the show tonight and have fun with the crowd and enjoy myself, and let Canada enjoy me, and just have a good time and get back to the people who made it possible," he said.
See, Warren G has his head on right: he doesn't feel any pressure to one-up himself, or anyone else in the industry.
"I just go in there and work," he said, "'cause I know how to make music that people like."
The G-Files , his sixth solo album, is a definite feel-good party album, featuring collaboration tracks with some good, longtime friends like Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg (on "Swagger Rich" and "100 Miles and Runnin'" respectively).
"It was great, you know what I'm sayin', it was real great and it was just good to be around my guys," Warren said.
This acclaimed musician was raised in Long Beach, California, and came up with the notable hip hop pioneers - and good friends - Snoop and Nate.
"We just was focused on what we wanted to do and actually we had a choice, we could either focus on doing music and really making something out of ourselves or we could gangbang 24-7 and that wasn't what we wanted to do, so we was talented in our music field so we went ahead and pursued that and just did it to the fullest and just everything go just to make it," he reflected. "We let a lot go and we went and worked, and worked and worked and worked, and it paid off."