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Regulate, a 1994 song by Warren G and Nate Dogg, helped usher in a new subgenre of hip-hop -- G-funk, or "Gangsta funk". It was characterized by a low-key sound accompanied with the same lyrics as gangsta rap, aiming to portray the realities of "hood life" with a less aggressive, more "swanky" sound. The relaxed, yet confident, nature of the G-funk sound served to help shape the sound of hip-hop throughout the rest of the 90s. Many artists contribute to furthering this sound, including Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, particularly on the 1992 album The Chronic.
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"I held hip hop at gun point, made him surrender his lyrics. I told him he had the right to remain silent, but that he probably shouldn't because he had some explaining to do. I asked him what happened to the realness he used to stand for and truth he used to speak? Because now days, he is too busy popping bottles, exploiting women and rapping about weed." - Ebonie Marie
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