"Regulate" as written by Nathaniel Hale, Warren Griffin, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller....
It was a clear black night, a clear white moon
Warren G. is on the streets, trying to consume
Some skirts for the eve, so I can get some funk
Just rollin' in my ride, chillin all alone

Just hit the eatside of the L.B.C.
On a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G.
Seen a car full of skirts ain't no need to tweak
All you skirts know what's up with 213

So I hooks a left on the 21 to Lewis
Some brothas shootin dice so I said "let's do this"
I jumped out the ride, and said "what's up?"
Some brothas pulled some gats so I said "I'm stuck"

Since these girls peepin me I'ma glide and swerve
These hookers lookin so hard they straight hit the curb
Gonna think of better things than some horny tricks
I see my homey and some suckers all in his mix

I'm gettin jacked, I'm breakin myself
I can't believe they're taking Warren's wealth
They took my rings, they took my rolex
I looked at the brothas and 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 besta pull out my strap and lay them busters down

They got guns to my head
I think I'm going down
I can't believe this happened in my home town
If I had wings I would fly
Let me contemplate
I glanced in the cut and I see my homey Nate

Sixteen in the clip and one in the hole
Nate Dogg is about to make some bodies turn cold
Now they droppin and yellin
It's a tad bit late
Nate Dogg and Warren G. had to regulate

I laid all them busters down
I let my gat explode
Now I'm switching my mind back into freak mode
If you want skirts step back and observe
I just left a gang of those over there on the curb

Now Nate got the freaks
And that's a known fact
Before I got jacked I was on the same track
Back up back up 'cause it's on
N-A-T-E and me
The Warren to the G

Just like I thought
They were in the same spot
In need of some desperate help
The Nate Dogg and the G-child
Were in need of something else
One of them dames was sexy as hell
I said "ooh I like your size"
She said "my car's broke down and you seem real nice"
"Would you let me ride?"
I got a car full of girls and it's going real swell
The next stop is the east side motel

I'm tweaking
Onto a whole new level
Stept towards
I dare ya
On a whole new level
The rythmn is the base and the base is the treble
We brings
Where rythmn is life
And life is rythmn
If you know like I know
You don't want to step to this
It's the G-Funk era
Funked out with a gangster twist
If you smoke like I smoke
Then you high like everyday
And if your ass is a buster
213 will regulate

Lyrics submitted by defubuskorn

"Regulate" as written by Mike Stoller Jerry Leiber

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is a rap song from the early 90’s that I just came across a few months ago while I was at my friend’s house burning a CD. He told me we should put this song on a CD because it was a cool song, especially for rap. Ever since then it has been one of my favourite rap songs. The way that Nate Dogg and Warren G put the song together like a story is great, because most rap songs don’t have much for content. This one tells a story about getting jumped and then bustin’ some caps on the punks who jumped you and then finding some ho’s and heading to a motel for some fun. This song also has no harsh swearing which is irregular for a rap song and I admire any rapper who can have a popular song without too much if not any foul language. This is me and my friend’s favourite song to listen to on a Saturday night before we go out partying!
    dylmeisteron September 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCan you hear the beat of my heart? Bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-a-bump!
    wraton June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPleeeeze. To say this is one of the few rap songs with 'limited foul-mouthed content' is a bit ignorant. To say it was 'revolutionary is just plain dumb. Fair enough if you use the mainstream media as your source for music you'll probably believe that rap = guns, bitches n hoe's, gang activity etc....

    however, as with all popular music genres, there is a damn good underground movement. Rappers with exceptional talent and lyrical content continue to stay true to the roots of hip-hop and not conform to the mainstream trends of wat many percieve as rap music.

    Anyone who enjoys good music would benefit from checking out some of the artists/acts of past and present. Personally I think it pays to educate yourselves in this particular area as many people are stereotyped in different ways for listening to rap music from people with little to no experince on what they are talking about.

    A list of some of MY personal favorites;

    Jurassic 5
    Dilated Peoples
    Dead Prez
    Public Enemy
    People Under The Stairs
    Ugly Duckling
    Nas (only really recommend his 1st album)
    A Tribe Called Quest
    Mr Lif
    Rob Sonic
    Third Sight
    Dstyleson July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe other night, I crashed in a motel on the east side of Elk Grove Village, Illinois. On the way there, with my girlfriend and her friends, I couldn't help but sing to my self, "I got a car full of girls and it's going real swell. Next stop is the East Side Motel."

    For once, this overly-white nerdy 20 year old felt like a true-blooded 1994 regulator.

    letitslipon July 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhy hasn't anybody given Michael McDonald any credit here? Where exactly do you think Warren G. got the groove from for this song? Go and listen to "I Keep Forgetting" and you'll hear some smooth shit!
    FreezeSukkaon January 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was wondering for a long time where i heard that beat before then a while back i heard michael mcdonald's i keep forgetting and it hit me. that's where it was sampled from and i had to listen to both songs back to back. 2 classic. regulate is on the sdtk of above the rim. i liked this song even when i didn't appreciate the rap music of the early '90's. but unlike most of the rap today the rap songs of yesterday had more substance and told stories. and were not about how much money they had or the cars the drove.
    boutuxon April 08, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about how Warren G is a loser who can't go anywhere without getting jacked by some punks, while Nate Dogg is the mack. At the end of the song, Warren has to make do with Nate's leftovers - note how only one of the girls is "sexy as hell".
    pearcedon October 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is pretty much an old-fashioned outlaw ballad, reimagined for the hip-hope age. Warren G goes looking for a good time and gets in over his head. Nate Dogg comes to help him out, and they ride on. In another age they'd be cowboys and this would be a country song.
    Anarquistadoron December 13, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI remember listening to this song when I was younger. It brings back a lot of fun memories
    sweet_jealousyon August 29, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General Commentbest rap song ever, i don't think it will ever get old or outdated. Everybody knows this song, if you put it on, everybody starts rapping it.
    gage006on April 04, 2003   Link

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