Warren G in 2015
|Birth name||Warren Griffin III|
|Born||November 10, 1970|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970), known professionally as Warren G, is an American rapper and record producer who, aiding the G-funk sound, assisted West Coast rap's 1990s ascent. In 1990, he formed with Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg a trio, 213. Topping his seven Top 40 hits, the 1994 single "Regulate," Warren's duet with Nate, was a massive hit. Earlier, despite his teenage jailings in his California hometown Long Beach, having pioneering gangsta rapper Dr. Dre for older stepbrother, and having standout lyricist Snoop for groupmate, Warren G took a unique path into the rap subgenre G-funk's success.
Not joining them at Death Row Records, where he helped on their debut solo albums, Warren G signed to a Def Jam label. And less suggesting gangsta funk, yet voicing simpler concerns, rapped more simply, Warren G became G-funk's everyman. On the American popular songs chart, the Billboard Hot 100, amid 18 weeks in the Top 40, "Regulate" held #2 for three weeks by August 1994, and led his debut album Regulate... G Funk Era. Certified 3x Multi-Platinum, three million copies sold, in August 1995, it also bears his other Top 10 hit, "This D.J.," at #9. Both songs drew 1995 Grammy nominations as "Do You See" reached #42.
His second or 1997 album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder, includes three Top 40 songs, with "I Shot the Sheriff" at #20, but "Smokin' Me Out," at #35, big locally. His sixth Top 40, at #18, is Nate Dogg's 1998 single, a duet, "Nobody Does It Better." Warren meanwhile began family life, and would increasingly value it. His 1999 album, I Want It All, charted the title track at #23. Although swiftly certified Gold, half a million copies sold, both albums remain so over 20 years later, his final albums certified. In 2001, his fourth album, The Return of the Regulator, a comeback attempt with star collaborators, strayed from his strengths.
On indie labels, 2005's In the Mid-Nite Hour and then 2009's The G Files, still a G-funk with, he said, "a taste of that modern electro sound," are his own productions, but escaped popular notice. In the 2010s, amid his live shows, festival touring, and television appearances, his fan base, accessible via the digital age, asked for classic G-funk. In 2015, he released Regulate... G Funk Era, Pt. II, an EP with archived recordings of Nate Dogg, who died in 2011. By digital downloads, their "Regulate" single, Platinum since 1994, went 2x Multi-Platinum in 2017. In 2019, Warren G launched a line of barbecue sauces, Sniffin Griffins BBQ.
Warren Griffin III was born on November 10, 1970, in Long Beach, a city in California's Los Angeles County. Among three sisters, he was the only son of Warren Griffin, Jr., an airplane mechanic, and Ola, a dietician. Once they divorced at his age 4, he lived with his mother and three sisters in East Long Beach until he was just about to start middle school.
In 1982, Warren went to live with his father in North Long Beach. His new wife, Verna, had from a prior marriage three children. Among them was Andre Young, soon the Dr. Dre who in 1984 joined a leading DJ crew, the World Class Wreckin' Cru, which by 1985 doubled as an electro rap group, which in 1987 put out the Los Angeles area's first rap recording under a major label. By then, a Jordan High School student, Warren was playing football and running with friends.
At age 17, Warren was jailed for gun possession. Released soon after, he began focusing on music after Dre taught him how to use a drum machine. Meanwhile, still in 1988, Dre was the lead record producer for Ruthless Records and for, as a member of, N.W.A—a new rap group on the new label—whose landmark album, Straight Outta Compton, was driving the Los Angeles area's rap scene to swiftly drop electro for gangsta, while Warren, fresh out of high school, was jailed for selling drugs. Once out, he worked at the Long Beach shipyards.
By 1990, Warren had formed with two longtime running mates, Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale and Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus, the trio 213, the origin of a share of the G-funk sound to soon emerge in rap. Yet the trio, in practice, dissolved once Warren connected the trio to Dre, who thereby launched two superstar, solo careers, Dre's and Snoop's, upon G-funk. Nate, too, signed to Dre's Death Row Records, in Los Angeles city. Warren initially helped there, but, averting a career in his mentor's shadow, signed to Def Jam Recordings, in New York City.
Start with 213 (circa 1990)
By 1990, in his hometown Long Beach, as record producer and rapper, Warren formed a music trio with two of his longtime running mates, Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale, a rapperlike singer, and Calvin "Snoop Rock" Broadus, a singerlike rapper. The Long Beach trio, fond of Oakland rap group 415, named after the Bay area's area code, took the name 213, the Los Angeles area's. Practicing and recording in the modest studio in Long Beach record store V.I.P., they cut a demo tape. Dr. Dre, already a celebrity, rebuffed his younger stepbrother Warren's requests for him to listen.
Before long, homemade copies of 213's songs spread in Los Angeles county, particularly the cities Compton and Pomona, and Los Angeles city's sections Watts and South Central, but no label picked them up. One day, Warren phoned Dre to catch up, and found him at a bachelor party—thrown for Dre's friend Andre "LA Dre" Bolton, another record producer—whereupon Warren found himself invited to join it. There, once the songs began to repeat, Warren offered LA Dre the 213 tape. Liking it, he summoned Dr. Dre, who, hearing the Snoop rap "Super Duper Snooper," immediately welcomed the trio. Days later, 213 moved into Dre's lavish house, in Calabasas, home to both his wife and his recording studio.
In April 1992, Dr. Dre's debut solo single "Deep Cover" introduced America to Snoop Doggy Dogg, the track's guest but instantly star rapper. Warren helped Dre find sounds for Dre's debut solo album The Chronic, further debuting Snoop, whereby superstardom chased Snoop into 1993 and, via Snoop's own debut solo album, Doggystyle, captured him by 1994. By then, also solo, Nate, too, had joined Dre's label, Death Row Records. Warren, returning to Long Beach, aimed to find his own way. In 2004, a 213 album finally arrived: The Hard Way. Yet since 1993, indeed finding his own way, Warren G, in records like "Regulate," would be heard incidentally, and mysteriously to many, hailing three digits, 2-1-3.
Solo stardom (1993–1996)
During 1993, at Dr. Dre's studio, Warren met John Singleton, director of Boyz n the Hood, the seminal film owing its title to Eazy-E's debut single, produced by Dre. Singleton asked Warren to produce a song for the soundtrack of his forthcoming film Poetic Justice. Warren thus produced Mista Grimm's song "Indo Smoke," featuring Warren G and Nate Dogg. The single's success led to Warren invitation to Russell Simmons's label Def Jam Recordings, where Warren G signed a record deal. Also that year, Warren and Nate, along with Kurupt—whom the 213 trio had brought to Dre to help on his album The Chronic—feature on "Ain't No Fun," a huge underground hit, too risque to be a single, on Snoop's Doggystyle album, released in November.
On the Above The Rim soundtrack, from Death Row Records in April 1994, the single "Regulate" was a duet cowritten and performed by Warren G and Nate Dogg. Spending 20 weeks on the popular songs chart, the Billboard Hot 100, with 18 of them in the Top 40, including three weeks at #2 in May, it was the summer's top rap hit. Certified Gold, half a million copies sold, since June, it attained Platinum, a million copies, in August. In January 2017, via digital downloading, it was certified 2x Multi-Platinum. Back in the American summer of 1994, it stood at #1 on the MTV charts. Performing in Japan, he would discover fans who apparently understood no English, but knew all the lyrics. Into the 21st century, it remained Def Jam's biggest hit single. Russell Simmons, a Def Jam founder, explains, "Warren's music was worldwide because the melody plays no matter what the language."
Yet further, unlike other G-funk, short for gangsta funk, Warren G, even called "a romantic" at heart, voiced simpler concerns. And his modest rap styling maximized, by heeding, his modest lyricism. "Regulate" doubled as the lead single Warren G's debut album, Regulate... G Funk Era, arriving in June 1994. Selling a million copies in three days, it debuted at #2 on the popular albums chart, the Billboard 200. In August, it was certified 2x Multi-Platinum, two million copies sold. Its second single, "This D.J.," went gold, half a million copies, in September, while peaking in July at #9. At the 1995 Grammy Awards, in March, both singles were nominated. And in January, the album's other single, "Do You See," had peaked at #42. In August, the album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum. That month also brought some Warren G collaborations on two albums from his Long Beach associates, the Twinz duo's Conversation and The Dove Shack trio's This Is the Shack. And 1996 saw Warren G on the "Groupie" track of Snoop's second album, Tha Doggfather.
Followup albums (1997–2001)
Warren G's second album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder, released in March 1997, was certified Gold, half a million copies sold, in May. Sharing with the Supercop soundtrack the single "What's Love Got To Do with It," featuring singer Adina Howard, a spin on the 1984 single by Tina Turner, reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, and peaked in the US at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Smokin' Me Out," featuring Ron Isley of the classic soul group, reaching #35, was big on the Los Angeles area's radio play. "I Shot the Sheriff," a lyrical spin on the 1973 single by Bob Marley & the Wailers, yet an instrumental borrow from rap group EPMD's 1988 single "Strictly Business," which itself samples that Wailers classic, reached #20. Yet a letdown overall, the album missed his debut's superstar potential.
In July 1998, Warren G's sixth appearance in the Billboard Hot 100's upper tier Top 40 became Nate Dogg's single "Nobody Does it Better"—on Nate's repeatedly delayed debut album—featuring Warren G, in another duet, which peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here, incidentally, Warren raps a bar indicting his transition to family life. Warren's third album, I Want It All, released in October 1999, has Warren mainly producing—where, perhaps, his greater comparative strength among musical peers abides—while vocals go largely to guest artists, including Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, RBX, Kurupt, Eve, Slick Rick, and Jermaine Dupri. Certified Gold in November 1999, it bears the single "I Want It All," featuring Mack 10, which, becoming Warren's most recent Top 40 appearance, peaked on the Hot 100 at #23.
Over 20 years later, his 1997 and 1999 albums remain at Gold certification, which none of his subsequent albums have achieved. Released in December 2001, Warren’s fourth album, The Return of the Regulator, with a litany of collaborators, including the P-Funk father and G-funk godfather George Clinton and, elsewhere, Dr. Dre producing a track, is allegedly overdone, a comeback undone by Warren's reaching beyond his strengths and being outdone by his guests. He "wastes a hot, Dre-produced beat," in the single "Lookin' at You," alleges a Vibe writer, who finds G-funk on its deathbed and Warren G "administering the fatal shot." The album peaked at number 83 the Billboard 200, and became his final album under a major record label, here Universal Music Group, before returned on an independent label.
Indie career (2005–)
In the Mid-Nite Hour, released in October 2005, Warren G's fifth album, his first without a major label involved, was on Hawino Records. Heavily featuring his native, 213 groupmates Nate and Snoop, it is devotedly Warren's own project, homemade on a low budget. Music critics assess it to better carry Warren G's own virtues as G-funk's everyman. Yet by that very virtue, as expected, it saw scarce exposure beyond Warren G's fans.
His sixth album, in September 2009, The G Files, "still the same basic G-funk sound," adds to "that classic soul vibe," Warren explains, "a taste of that modern electro sound." Disliking what he put as the rap standard of "some drums and one synth sound," he titled "The West is Back" for return to "that great soulful sound." "100 Miles and Running" features Nate Dogg—recorded before Nate's strokes in 2007 and 2008—and the Wu-Tang Clan's Chef Raekwon.
From June to September 2013, Warren toured in the West Coast Fest, "an OG affair" with DJ Quik, Mack 10, the Dogg Pound, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and others. Meanwhile, in a guest role, Warren played OG Hemingway in the sitcom Newsreaders on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming. And in August 2014, on the Mnet channel's reality series American Hustle Life, he directed an alternate music video for "Boy In Luv," by South Korean boy band BTS.
Nostalgic fans would ask Warren for more of classic G-funk, and even ask for more from Nate Dogg, who had died in 2011. The single "My House," leading Warren G's first EP, a format shorter than album, arrived on July 13, 2015. Having four songs, the EP, premised as a sequel to the 1994 original, is titled Regulate... G Funk Era, Pt. II. Released on August 6, it features E-40, Too Short, Jeezy, Bun B, and, in all four songs, Nate Dogg. With his unique knack for intuiting Warren's production cues, Nate leaves behind some of his 213 partner's favorite recordings.
Apart from his music career, Warren has four children with his wife, Tenille Griffin. Getting older, increasingly identifying with his father, fond of cooking and storytelling, Warren G embraces "his morals and good family fun." In 2018, Warren G's son Olaijah, finishing high school playing football's cornerback position, ranking #3 in California and #26 nationally among college recruits, chose the University of Southern California, the USC Trojans, and drew all-conference recognition in 2019. Also in 2019, Warren G launched, for retail and restaurant supply, a line of barbecue sauces and rubs, Sniffin Griffins BBQ.
- Regulate... G Funk Era (1994)
- Take a Look Over Your Shoulder (1997)
- I Want It All (1999)
- The Return of the Regulator (2001)
- In the Mid-Nite Hour (2005)
- The G Files (2009)
- The Hard Way with 213 (2004)
- The Show (1995)
- Speedway Junky (1999)
- Little Richard (2000)
- The Parkers (2000)
- Old School (2003)
- All of Us (2005)
- BTS American Hustle Life (2014)
- The Eric Andre Show (2016) ,1 episode
|1995||"Regulate"||Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ||Nominated|
|"This D.J."||Best Rap Solo Performance||Nominated|
- Steve Huey, "Warren G: Biography", AllMusic.com, Netaktion LLC, visited 8 May 2020.
- Jeff Weiss explains, "As much as 'The Chronic' is a psychedelic and sinister warp of the Parliament and Funkadelic records that constantly rotated on Dre's childhood turntable, it is the sound of Long Beach, too: the ecumenical hymns of the Baptist church turned into filthy harmonic gospel by Snoop, Nate Dogg, Warren G and Daz" [J Weiss, "25 years later, Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' remains rap's world-building masterpiece", Washington Post & Chicago Tribune, 15 Dec 2017]. For some on this in Warren's own words, see Ebro Darden & Laura Stylez, interviewers, "Warren G talks growing up as Dr. Dre's brother, Snoop’s early rap battles and his new album", Hot 97 @ YouTube, 10 Aug 2015, 22:30 mark.
- Mosi Reeves, "Warren G and Nate Dogg's 'Regulate': The oral history of a hip-hop classic", Rolling Stone website, Penske Media LLC, 19 Dec 2014.
- For all of Warren G's Billboard Hot 100 appearances, see "Chart history: Warren G—Hot 100", Billboard.com, Prometheus Global Media, LLC, visited 10 May 2020. Yet at May 2020, the only song this adds to the Hot 100's Top 40 is "Do You See", #42 in January 1995. Incidentally, the Billboard.com webpage apparently dates by latest peak position, with "Regulate", for instance, at #2 in July 1994. Apparently dating instead by earliest peak position, with "Regulate" at #2 in May 1994, is Joel Whitburn, "Warren G", The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (New York: Billboard Books, 2010), p 696: in chronological order, "Regulate," with Nate Dogg (#2 in May 1994 and three weeks); "This D.J." (#9 in July 1994); "What's Love Got to Do with It," featuring Adina Howard (#32 in September 1996); "I Shot the Sheriff" (#20 in March 1997); "Smokin' Me Out," featuring Ronald Isley (#35 in June 1997); Nate Dogg's single "Nobody Does It Better," featuring Warren G (#18 in July 1998); "I Want It All," featuring Mack 10 (#23 in October 1999).
- Russell Simmons with Nelson George, Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, and God (New York: Crown Publishers, 2001).
- Brenna Sanchez, "Contemporary Musicians: Warren G", Encyclopedia.com, Cengage, updated 12 Apr 2020.
- Ebro Darden & Laura Stylez, interviewers, "Warren G talks growing up as Dr. Dre's brother, Snoop’s early rap battles and his new album", Hot 97 @ YouTube, 10 Aug 2015
- Soren Baker, The History of Gangster Rap: From Scholly D to Kendrick Lamar, the Rise of a Great American Art Form (New York: Abrams Image, 2018).
- During the nine months of its production, Warren G helped find sounds for the Dr. Dre debut solo album—December 1992's The Chronic—where Warren G also does the opening skit, a telephone prank, to the "Deeez Nuuuts" track. In June 1993, Warren G emerged as both the record producer of and, with Nate Dogg, a featured artist on the single "Indo Smoke," by Mista Grimm, on the soundtrack of John Singleton's sophomore feature film Poetic Justice. And in November 1993, Warren G featured, alongside Nate Dogg and Kurupt, on the Snoop Doggy Dogg debut solo album Doggystyle's track "Ain't No Fun", too risqué to be single but a huge underground hit.
- Eric Weisbard, "Platter du Jour: Warren G", in Craig Marks, ed., Spins column, Spin, 1994 Sep;10(6):135.
- P.R., "Warren G", in Nathan Brackett with Christian Hoard, eds., The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), p 859.
- Jason Birchmeier, "Warren G: In the Mid-Nite Hour", AllMusic.com, Netaktion LLC, visited 8 May 2020.
- Database search, "Gold & Platinum: Warren G", Recording Industry Association of America website, visited 8 May 2020.
- "Regulate" was nominated in Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, and "This D.J." in Best Rap Solo Performance.
- Warren G's third Top 40 hit, at #32 in October 1996, is his 1997 album's track "What's Love Got to Do With It", featuring singer Adina Howard, but had been released first on the 1996 soundtrack of the American release of Jackie Chan's 1992 Chinese film Supercop.
- In the "Nobody Does It Better" single, in his third and final verse, Warren G raps, in two bars, "Hot rap singles, on the charts now / Got a baby, so I'm breaking hearts now" "Nobody Does It Better lyrics—Nate Dogg", MetroLyrics.com, CBS Interactive Inc., 2020].
- The company website of his Sniffin Griffins BBQ line shares "The Sniffin Griffins story", © 2020: "It all started with my father Warren Griffin, Jr., who was many great things, chief among them a boxer, black belt and chef in the United States Navy. As a kid, all my pops used to do was cook, create recipes and play good music. He would tell my sisters, brothers and I all about the stories of his many journeys. Even though it was fun to hear him talk about those things, it was also very interesting to me. One of the things that stood out the most to me was when he would talk BBQ. The flavor of the smoke on the meat and just the good feeling of having family around caught me up and rang a bell in my head. As I got older, all I wanted to do was be like my dad on the smoker and grill because it reminded me of his morals and good family fun; and so, a pit master was born into a lifestyle of fun, family and celebration. Warren G!"
- Jason Birchmeier, "Warren G: The Return of the Regulator", AllMusic.com, Netaktion LLC,
- Shawn Edwards, "Warren G: The Return of the Regulator", Vibe, 2002 Jan;10(1):124.
- Jeff Weiss, "The G-funk continuum: Warren G talks 'The G-Files,' 'The X-Files' and West Coast hip hop", Pop & Hiss, the L.A. Times Music Blog, 18 Dec 2009.
- Rose Lilah, "West Coast Fest tour line-up features E-40, Dogg Pound, Warren G & more", HotNewHipHop website, 6 Jun 2013.
- For some examples, see Warren G's profile on IMDb.
- Erika Ramirez, "Warren G to release 'Regulate…G Funk Era Part II' EP this summer", Billboard.com, 8 Jul 2015.
- "Behind the scenes of Warren G the owner of Sniffin Griffins BBQ first sauce run", Warren G @ YouTube, 7 Dec 2019.
- David Diallo, ch 10 "From electro-rap to G-funk: A social history of rap music in Los Angeles and Compton, California", in Mickey Hess, ed., Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide, Volume 1: East Coast and West Coast (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2010).
- David Diallo, "Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg", in Mickey Hess, ed., Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2007), pp 319–322.
- Ben Westhoff, "The making of The Chronic", LA Weekly, 19 Nov 2012.
- "Dr. Dre speaks at Snoop Dogg's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony 11.19.18", The Hollywood Fix @ YouTube, 19 Nov 2018.
- Gill, Karam, director, "G Funk | official documentary", SnoopDoggTV @ YouTube Premium, 11 Jul 2018, which webpage offers a written synopsis, whereas the Russell Simmons quote about "Regulate" may appear at about the 57:35 mark. For instead some news on the 2017 documentary, see Matt Warren, "LA Film Festival update: 'G-Funk' doc and Warren G live performance at Ace Hotel, June 16", Film Independent website, 24 May 2017.
- In his 1994 single "Do You See," Warren G reminisces on his background, while incidentally noting, twice, that 213 had originally been Warren G, Nate Dogg, and Snoop Rock, amid visuals that briefly show the V.I.P record shop [Warren G, "Do You See", Warren G @ YouTube, 6 Oct 2009].
- P.R., "Warren G", in Nathan Brackett with Christian Hoard, eds., The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), p 859. For Warren's own telling, see Ebro Darden & Laura Stylez, interviewers, "Warren G talks growing up as Dr. Dre's brother, Snoop's early rap battles and his new album", Hot 97 @ YouTube, 10 Aug 2015. On the V.I.P. record store, see Andrea Domanick, "World famous V.I.P. Records to close", LA Weekly, 5 Jan 2012.
- In Calabasas, on the hills west of the San Fernando Valley, Dre had bought, in perhaps 1989, "a lavish troubadour-style home", and put a recording studio in an upstairs bedroom [Gerrick D. Kennedy, Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap (New York: Atria Books, 2017), pp 123 & 132.
- David Diallo, "Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg", in Mickey Hess, ed., Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture, Volume 1 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007), pp 326–327.
- Stereo Williams, "When Snoop became the most wanted man in America", Daily Beast, 18 Nov 2018.
- By the July 1998 release of Nate Dogg's repeatedly delayed solo album, the curtain was already closing on G-funk's popular run [Thomas Erlewine, "Nate Dogg: G Funk Classics, Vols. 1 & 2", AllMusic.com, Netaktion LLC, visited 24 Apr 2020].
- Gill, Karam, director, "G Funk | Official Documentary", SnoopDoggTV @ YouTube Premium, 11 Jull 2018, which webpage offers a written synopsis. For instead some news on the 2017 documentary, see Matt Warren, "LA Film Festival update: 'G-Funk' doc and Warren G live performance at Ace Hotel, June 16", Film Independent website, 24 May 2017.
- Jon Dolan, Joe Gross, Chuck Klosterman & Chris Ryan, "Oct: Breakdown", Spin, 2004 Oct;20(10):120; Rondell Conway, "213: The Hard Way", Vibe, 2004 Sep;12(9):236.
- Jerry Heller w/ Gil Reavill, Ruthless: A Memoir (New York: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007), p 181.
- Keith Murphy, "John Singleton: Hollywood’s ultimate hip-hop head broke ground for the culture", BET.com, 3 May 2019.
- About tracks on Dr. Dre's album 2001, Soren Baker writes, "If fact, even songs that did not receive accompanying videos became huge underground hits, as had been the case with The Chronic's 'Bitches Ain't Shit' and Doggystyle's 'Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)" [S Baker, The History of Gangster Rap (New York: Abrams Image, 2018)].
- Vernallis, Carol (2004). Experiencing Music Video: Aesthetics and Cultural Context. Columbia University Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-231-11799-9.
- "Chart history: Warren G", Billboard.com, visited 10 May 2020.
- "Warren G", OfficialCharts.com, The Official UK Charts Company, visited 12 May 2020.
- John Bush, "Warren G: I Want It All", AllMusic.com, Netaktion LLC, visited 8 May 2020.
- Steve "Flash" Juon, "Warren G: In the Mid-Nite Hour: Hawino Records/Lightyear Ent.", RapReviews.com, 18 Oct 2005.
- Ben Kercheval, "USC football recruiting: Warren G's son, five-star CB Olaijah Griffin, commits", CBS Sports website, 7 Feb 2018.
- Within USC's conference, the Pac-12, Griffin drew honorable mention for the official all-conference team, and made the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team ["Football: Olaijah Griffin", USCTrojans.com, USC Athletics, visited 11 Aug 2020].
- "Warren G Announces Regulate…G Funk Era: Pt.2". Rap Radar. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
- Stout, Gene (March 1, 1995). "Grammys Promise a Dumbfounding Medley of Talent". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. p. C1.