“Parliament-Funkadelic and all the other groups that contributed to psychedelic funk, it was a lifestyle for us. We couldn’t go nowhere without it: at picnics, at our homes, on the bus going to football games, everywhere we went. It was just around me my whole life.”
Gangsta-Funk, also known as “G-funk” is a moniker coined by none other than the great Warren G.
The early 1990’s hip-hop scene on the west coast has a signature sound that has since been untouched. With influences from Parliament and the Funkadelic, “G-Funk” has paved the way for melodies that leave a permanent impact on any track the sound touches.
Warren G released a documentary on the history of G-Funk at SXSW in Austin, Texas this week. According to Billboard:
In the film G-Funk, Warren G — who also produced the movie — serves as the central character, with his career arc forming the narrative of the documentary as it tackles the sub-genre’s role in bringing hip-hop from, according to the film, a $600 million industry in 1990 to a $10 billion industry today. And while the likes of Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle and Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic are widely considered the standards of the style these days, G-Funk makes the case for Warren’s central role; or, as The D.O.C. put it in the film, “Without Snoop, there is no Chronic. Without Warren, there is no Snoop.”
“This documentary is probably so important because G-Funk is three dudes: singer, rapper and producer,” D.O.C. says referring to Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Warren G.
“And from that friendship spawned the careers of a whole bunch of people, and made a whole bunch of money for a bunch of people. And there’ll never be three dudes like these guys ever again in music. As it should be.” – The D.O.C.