Warren G & Nate Dogg Classic "Regulate" Gets Explanation via Wikipedia

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"Regulate" - finally explained via Wikipedia!
​A funny thing happened this past Thursday: a synopsis of the 1994 Warren G and Nate Dogg song "Regulate" popped up on the track's Wikipedia page.

The song -- featured on the Above The Rim Soundtrack as well as Warren G's Regulate...G Funk Era -- tells the story of the various run-ins of Warren G and his companion Nate Dogg on a late summer's night in Long Beach, California.

"Regulate" climbed as high as #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, never quite being able to dethrone All-4-One's "I Swear" -- "Stay (I Missed You)" by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories finally put an end to"I Swear," but its glory was all too short-lived as Boyz-II-Men's "I'll Make Love To You" was soon at the top of the charts.

Dated enough for you? 1994, then, was the perfect time for a song like "Regulate" to peak in popularity. Why, then, has it taken until now for a synopsis of the song to materialize?

"Regulate" possesses all the perfect elements for a synopsis of the song to even be considered. It featured spoken word dialogue from the 1988 movie Young Guns as well as a smooth sample from Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)." As well, what made "Regulate" truly unique was the song's brilliant narrative, told from Warren G's slick, laid-back point of view. It's astonishing that no one had thought to write down a different take on the rich story within "Regulate" until now. 

Why can't other songs that feature similar, narrative-driven structures be extrapolated, if you will, in the same manner? Oh they can, and they have. Behold -- my own take on the Geto Boys' 1991 classic "Mind Playing Tricks on Me:"

Mind Playing Tricks on Me Literal Explanation from EmLeaux on Vimeo.

I'm not taking credit for whomever wrote the fantastic synopsis for "Regulate" in the first place, but I will admit to borrowing the idea and applying it to other songs. I'm a long-winded, verbose English major who loves old-school rap -- I'm surprised it's taken me this long to figure out how much fun it is to present these lyrics, if you will, in a more formal, scholastic (and dorky-sounding) manner. And what specific genre of music -- minus country -- contains more songs that are basically a story being told over music?

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4 comments
Orangemike
Orangemike

Amuse yourself how you want; just don't vandalize Wikipedia in order to do it.

deez
deez

Please DIAF, you useless sack of shit. You take these things way too seriously, plus the addition was factually accurate so you have no leg to stand on here.

Sam
Sam

It is a completely accurate synopsis of the song which has resulted in me actually paying some attention to the lyrics for the first time in 16 years. If you don't learn to relax you are going to make yourself ill

Mordecai M
Mordecai M

Wow. You take your wikipedia too seriously, dude.

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