FEATURE: Warren G, Homage to Dr. Dre, Pt. 3 of 5

You’d think that Warren G popped up somewhere on Dr. Dre’s 2001, especially considering that the LP features nearly 20 guests. Strangely enough, Dre’s half-brother is nowhere to be heard on the album; at the time, Warren G, one of the West Coast’s G-funk forefathers, was focusing on his own solo career. His specter, however, hangs over 2001, thanks to a huge pre-release assist and being a part of the all-star Up In Smoke Tour that followed.

To commemorate his sibling’s 10-year-strong classic alongside XXLMag.com (click here for Game‘s and Jay Rock‘s tribute pieces), Warren G looks back on 2001 from a firsthand, insider’s perspective.

“The Watcher” was one of my favorite records off that album, because that song [felt] like it was my song, because everything that Dre talked about on that is the type of shit that I went through. Dre is my brother, at the same time, so I understand where he was coming from with that. But besides that, I remember just being able to go out on a national tour and be a part of the things that we built from day one, since the first Chronic, and to get to the second Chronic and being able to get on the road and enjoy myself with all the people I love, was just a great thing. That was one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had in this music [game]. Man, hopefully we’re gonna do it again with this Detox.

[While on the Up in Smoke Tour] we were in Iowa, and we went over to this little bar across the street from the hotel—this little bar/club-ish type of thing. I went over there to have some drinks, and next thing I know I’m looking up and seeing Proof; he’d took over the DJ booth and the entire place, and got the whole club crackin’, so we started partying at the club. And then Dre and Eminem came over, so we partied like a muthafucka, all the way out in Iowa. That shit was real fun.

Dre and I never talked about the direction he should go with the album, but… Actually, you know what? I ain’t gon’ lie. We actually met at the Beverly Hills Hotel one night, and—I swear to God—he was trying to figure out what to call the album, and I actually said, “How about Chronic 2001?” Right there at the Beverly Hills Hotel—we sat there, in the bungalows, and named it The Chronic 2001… It was me, Dre, Snoop—I can’t remember who else was there; I think Nate [Dogg] was there, too. Dre probably don’t remember that shit, but I said, “Chronic 2001… We are The Chronic. Why change it and name it something else when you can name it Chronic 2001? Because it’s the second one, and it’s in the new millennium. Let’s start it up and hit them again with it!”

[The album] was important just to see how far hip-hop had come on the West Coast, and just to see Dre—a vet, a legend—still going, still doing good music. Him still going and moving at that time, and building talent. Opening doors for a lot of people. To let people know that West Coast hip-hop is here to stay. You know, we didn’t start it here on the West, but we’re a part of it, and we’re gon’ be with it ’til the end. It’s all love—from the West to the East to the South, and to Europe. That’s how it is with the West; we love everybody. And that album showed that. —As told to Matt Barone

  • simplet

    mane that dre’s held it down for all coasts since the beginning mane like even out here in philly we still bumpin that shit mane nigga even done beats for jay and never been one to fuk around but like what he waitin for with this detox shit mane

    we fuk wit this cat out here in philly mane, me homies sayin we even pay for that show when u know we be down loadin dem shits

    and first nigga say what.

  • Enlightened

    I think Warren is remembering a little wrong. Not to correct him though, but maybe he meant he suggested “Chronic 2000.” Remember that was supposed to be the name of it?

    Then Suge did some of his Suge shit and dropped an album called Chronic 2000 on Death Row and blocked Dre from using the Chronic name.

    We all call it Chronic 2001 but most people don’t realize that the actual name of the album is “Dr. Dre 2001″

    • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

      Yeah, I remember that unbought Suge shit. I view “2001″ as The Chronic 2 and I’m viewing “DETOX” as The Chronic 3. Kinda like an unwritten sub-title or something.

      Regardless of Suge’s BS, I think it turned out pretty good. Still classic.

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  • Sean Izzle

    cant believe Warren G is Dres half brother haah its cool that Hip hop artist are sometimes related, Clipse is the best example

  • kedordu

    WARREN G MEANT TO SAY CHRONIC 2000. CAUSE SUGE BROUGHT OUT 2000 STILL SMOKING AFTER DRE AND THEM ALREADY ANNOUNCED THE TITLE OF THE WORK IN PROGRESS. DETOX SHOULD START OFF LIKE CHRONIC 3000 BUT THEN END UP SOBERING . SORT OF LIKE RELAPSE. IT SHOULD BE 3CDS NOT 1 THO . THATS THE ONLY WAY ITS GONNA BE CLASSIC