Lyrics In Print, kinda (RIP Nate Dogg)

March 16, 2011

As you know, I occasionally do a “Lyrics In Print” segment here on  And with the super-sad news that Nate Dogg has passed away, I was going to put “Regulate” up…but then I saw a post by a friend on Twitter…and caught the Wikipedia “Synopsis” of the song’s story, which goes a-little-sumthin’ like this:

On a cool, clear night (typical to Southern California) Warren G travels through his neighborhood, searching for women with whom he might initiate sexual intercourse. He has chosen to engage in this pursuit alone.

Nate Dogg, having just arrived in Long Beach, seeks Warren. On his way to find Warren, Nate passes a car full of women who are excited to see him. Regardless, he insists to the women that there is no cause for excitement.

Warren makes a left turn at 21st Street and Lewis Ave, in the East Hill/Salt Lake neighborhood[6], where he sees a group of young men enjoying a game of dice together. He parks his car and greets them. He is excited to find people to play with, but to his chagrin, he discovers they intend to relieve him of his material possessions. Once the hopeful robbers reveal their firearms, Warren realizes he is in a less than favorable predicament.

Meanwhile, Nate passes the women, as they are low on his list of priorities. His primary concern is locating Warren. After curtly casting away the strumpets (whose interest in Nate was such that they crashed their automobile), he serendipitously stumbles upon his friend, Warren G, being held up by the young miscreants.

Warren, unaware that Nate is surreptitiously observing the scene unfold, is in disbelief that he’s being robbed. The perpetrators have taken jewelry and a name brand designer watch from Warren, who is so incredulous that he asks what else the robbers intend to steal. This is most likely a rhetorical question.

Observing these unfortunate proceedings, Nate realizes that he may have to use his firearm to deliver his friend from harm.

The tension crescendos as the robbers point their guns to Warren’s head. Warren senses the gravity of his situation. He cannot believe the events unfolding could happen in his own neighborhood. As he imagines himself in a fantastical escape, he catches a glimpse of his friend, Nate.

Nate has seventeen cartridges to expend (sixteen residing in the pistol‘s magazine, with a solitary round placed in the chamber and ready to be fired) on the group of robbers, and he uses many of them. Afterward, he generously shares the credit for neutralizing the situation with Warren, though it is clear that Nate did all of the difficult work. Putting congratulations aside, Nate quickly reminds himself that he has committed multiple homicides to save Warren before letting his friend know that there are females nearby if he wishes to fornicate with them.

Warren recalls that it was the promise of copulation that coaxed him away from his previous activities, and is thankful that Nate knows a way to satisfy these urges.

Nate quickly finds the women who earlier crashed their car on Nate’s account. He remarks to one that he is fond of her physical appeal. The woman, impressed by Nate’s singing ability, asks that he and Warren allow her and her friends to share transportation. Soon, both friends are driving with automobiles full of women to the East Side Motel, presumably to consummate their flirtation in an orgy.

The third verse is more expository, with Warren and Nate explaining their G Funk musical style. Nate displays his bravado by claiming that individuals with equivalent knowledge could not even attempt to approach his level of lyrical mastery. There follows a brief discussion of the genre’s musicological features, with special care taken to point out that in said milieu the rhythm is not in fact the rhythm, as one might assume, but actually the bass. Similarly the bass serves a purpose closer to that which the treble would in more traditional musical forms. Nate goes on to note that if any third party smokes as he does, they would find themselves in a state of intoxication daily (from Nate’s other works, it can be inferred that the substance referenced is marijuana). Nate concludes his delineation of the night by issuing a vague threat to “busters,” suggesting that he and Warren will further “regulate” any potential incidents in the future (presumably by engaging their enemies with small arms fire).



  1. thegluelpfan on March 20, 2011 at 3:27 am

    R.I.P Nate Dogg.And let me just say that from now on I will always read what Wiki thinks about the song first cause this is just freaking hillarious 😀 I mean they capture the emotions of the song so well…especially when the women got excited and stuff 😀

  2. tplesco on March 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Enjoying a game of dice – love it. (Did bootcamp with Nate in ’88 in SD..had no clue about his rap career until another Marine mentioned it a few days ago. No joke.)

  3. milasouza11 on March 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm


    God Bless you man!
    i love you!

    by: @milasouza11 Camila from Brazil

  4. cincybmxlpfreak on March 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Damn…I didn’t know Nate Dogg died until just now. :-/ That’s unfortunate. The wikipedia synopsis of “Regulate” is awesome, though. R.I.P. *Pours some water on the floor* This one’s for my dead homies…lol. j/k

  5. lot321 on March 17, 2011 at 9:43 am


  6. kim7huang on March 17, 2011 at 6:56 am


  7. brysislupin on March 17, 2011 at 3:07 am

    You will stay alive forever!
    And your words won´t ever be forgotten!


  8. godasudayo on March 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    R.I.P G
    I luv ur voice n punchline
    Ill be live foreva…

  9. whosmurry on March 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Ha, a fitting tribute. RIP Nate Dogg.

  10. Alexandra Nofi on March 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Considering that Nate Dogg, oh I dunno, DIED, I wonder how you will justify putting this on your blog. I’m sure someone will challenge you about it, eventually 😀

    (To be honest the pure hilarity of this story made my sucky mood a lot less sucky).

  11. nikkiann0100 on March 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Regulators! My favorite song from warren g. RIP Nate Dogg

  12. vickykun on March 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Nate… I still can´t believe. For me he was one of the most important rappers of all time. Someone who had the opportunity to play with Tupac and had so many years on the rap history will not be forgetable for sure.

    His words will stay alive forever. The lyrics will remain.

    I loved your lines. Straight out to the point and very emotive.

  13. millalp94 on March 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    He was awesome!

    RIP !:(

  14. tinalein76 on March 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    RIP and may the angels with him …

  15. dorito82 on March 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Whoever typed up that synopsis had WAY too much time on their hands! lol

  16. adiek84 on March 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

    So sad! Very nice synopsis, Wikipedia is soooo great!=D
    PS: Please, Comment-God, post this!

  17. redandgone on March 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Im so glad I got the chance to see him in concert. Way back in 2000 with Dr. Dre, Snoop, Warren G and Eminem.

  18. starmony78 on March 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Hilarious,as a teacher of esl (English as a second language)this is more or less the unnatural way non-natitive english speakers sound like, me included . Definitely I´ll use this version in my future classes 🙂

  19. evooba on March 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    One of the best rap related persons ever. RIP 😦 thx for sharing this! 🙂

  20. kathyxx on March 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Oh, wikipedia…

  21. rockymtnbrenda on March 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Very cool interpretive writing Mike. RIP Nate.

  22. shayadreamer on March 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

    =( RIP

  23. michelmusic on March 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    He is the man when it came to Rap hooks. He will be missed!
    I was hoping he’ll recover quickly and get back into music, cause it’s been years since i heard Nate Dogg blessing an hook.
    Glad you posted this on your site.

    R.I.P Nate Dogg #Salute

  24. kelly jean on March 16, 2011 at 9:32 am


  25. hanakohikari on March 16, 2011 at 9:30 am


    i love you mike ❤

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