G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2

G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2

by Nate Dogg

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Overview

Two years is an eternity in hip-hop, especially for rappers arriving at the tail end of a trend. Such is the case with Nate Dogg, a talented rapper who first made waves on Warren G's seminal "Regulate" in 1993 and then signed a solo contract shortly afterward. If he had been able to deliver his debut album, G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1, in 1995/early 1996 like he intended, he may have been a major star. Instead, the album was shelved due to legal problems at Death Row Records, and he wasn't able to release the album until the summer of 1998. By that time, the record had become a double-disc set named G-Funk Classics, Vols. 1 & 2, and perhaps more importantly, gangsta rap, particularly West Coast G-funk, had diminished in popularity. It was a case of bad timing, pure and simple -- G-Funk Classics sounded dated, and its bloated running length made it seem even more of a dinosaur than it actually was. And that's all too bad, because Nate Dogg has a wonderful, jazzy vocal style that's terrific to hear. If he had fresh productions, his raps would have sounded kinetic and alive; instead, they sound like canned gangsta rap. The album would have been helped immeasurably by a little editing -- there are a handful of great cuts scattered across these two discs, but it takes too much effort to track them down. That, combined with the delay, prevented G-Funk Classics from being the explosive debut it could have been.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2011
Label: Thump Records
UPC: 0720657942927
catalogNumber: 579429

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nate Dogg   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Val Young   Background Vocals
Lady of Rage   Background Vocals
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Priest Brooks   Keyboards
Ricky Rouse   Guitar
L.T. Hutton   Background Vocals
Danny "Butch" Means   Background Vocals
Isaac Reese   Background Vocals
Pamela Hale   Background Vocals
Fuskee   Background Vocals
6 Feet Deep   Background Vocals
Nancy Fletcher   Background Vocals
Tommy D. Daugherty   Keyboards
Butch Small   Percussion
Tony Green   Bass

Technical Credits

Snoop Dogg   Composer,Producer
Warren G   Composer,Producer
Homer Banks   Composer
Frankie Beverly   Composer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Teddy Riley   Producer
Sean "Barney" Thomas   Producer
Lance Pierre   Engineer
Priest Brooks   Producer
Sam Sneed   Producer
Nate Dogg   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Johnny J   Producer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Stasys Balciunas   Art Direction
L.T. Hutton   Producer
David Michery   Executive Producer
Daz Dillinger   Composer,Producer
Kurupt   Composer
William Slater   Composer
Tray Deee   Composer
Big Skye   Composer
Danny "Butch" Means   Composer
Isaac Reese   Composer
Sam Dogg   Composer
Jason Carmichael   Composer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Big Chuck   Composer
Kurupt the Kingpin   Composer,Producer
Ralph McDonald   Composer
Big Pimpin'   Composer
C. Singleton   Composer
N. Leftenant   Composer
T. Jenkins   Composer
Tommy D. Daugherty   Engineer
Darrell Harper   Composer
Casey Carmichael   Composer
Marvin Morris   Composer
Harold Johnson   Composer
Tyrone Rice   Composer

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