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Warren G. feat Nate Dogg – Regulate (The Polish Ambassador Remix)

 

School is back in session and the summer is winding down. It’s always sad to see it go, but the cycle must continue!  I wanted to give you all a throwback with a twist, and this one felt particularly appropriate. G-funk for the weekend? Duh. I love the west coast creep of Warren G‘s original track, the kind that keeps your step for that extra half second. Mix that with Warren G and Nate Dogg‘s tagteam narrative, and you’ve got a meal fit for a breakbeat king.

I’m gettin jacked, I’m breakin myself
I can’t believe they taking Warren’s wealth
they took my rings, they took my rolex
I looked at the brotha said “Damn, what’s next?”

They got my homey hemmed up and they all around
ain’t none of them seeing if they going straight pound for pound
I gotta come up real quick before they start to clown
I best pull out my strap and lay them busters down”

While I was busy pouring some out for my boy Nate Dogg, I realized the Polish Ambassador had suddenly caused a ruckus. I went searching for his story and more of his “glitch-tweaked, wobble-freaked” sound. Jackpot! This dude seriously spins some dance-crazed, fist-pump-worthy anthems. I’m smitten. David Sugalski a.k.a the Polish Ambassador a.k.a Ample Mammal hits all the genres and makes all of them pound like whoa. And here’s the best news of your day – the Ambassador has his entire collection up for free download. Holler.

Warren G. feat. Nate Dogg – Regulate (The Polish Ambassador Remix)

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Michael McDonald, Bob James et Warren G

As I stated in an earlier post, “Regulate” is my all time favorite record from the left coast.  In 1994 I was just getting started with my hip hop obsession, and the sound my ears were accustomed to at that point was Rza beats and Wu lyrics.  When I heard “Regulate” for the first time (Above The Rim soundtrack) I was captured by how melodic the vocals were and also the different style of production. Not to mention, it was the debut of Nate Dogg, who’s voice and delivery was unlike any artist I had heard before, especially on a hip hop record.  Even Warren G’s rap parts had tone to them, making the whole song feel like a long catchy hook.  The critics agree; the Grammy nominated record is a certified classic that raised the musical bar for West Coast hip hop.

First of all, Warren G on the beat, so let’s all stop sleeping on him as a producer.  Especially when he pulled off one of the greatest feats of combining samples in the history of the art form itself.  When initially hearing the song, I would have never guessed that the two main melodies in the beat were actually sampled from different records.  When “Regulate” begins we hear the high pitched lead from the 0:02 mark of Bob James’ “Sign Of The Times” combined with some keyboard overdubs.  Then when the beat drops at 0:20, Warren G brings in the 4 bar electric piano loop from “I Keep Forgettin” by Michael McDonald.  It’s not until 1:40 that we get to hear the two elements together, which work seamlessly in tempo and pitch.  This masterful manipulation of these two samples is just one of the special things going on in this all-time classic.  What have we learned?…”Rhythm is Life, and Life is Rhythm.”

via Kevin Casey Music

Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’

Bob James – Sign of The Times

Warren G ft. Nate Dogg – Regulate

Bonus:

So cool cat named JP emailed me this De La Soul track which also samples Sign of The Times, enjoy.

De La Soul – Keepin The Faith