Universal Records – 2001 – 60 minutes

Berlin, 1994. A seedy flat in a crumbling apartment block. I am broke. I have one tape, 'Regulate...G Funk Era' by Warren G, and I must have listened to it a hundred times.

It was, to be honest, a patchy effort, but 'Regulate' and 'This DJ' were irresistible anthems, two tracks that went far beyond the typical sound of West Coast funk. It was enough to confirm Warren G's status as part of the Long Beach trinity with Dr Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg.

The intro on 'The Return of the Regulator' confirms that the sound remains the same - slow, "tasteful" G-funk. 'Lookin' At You', Dr Dre's contribution, has an urgent driving feel, but it's all downhill from there on in. Most of Warren G's production is lifeless and tame, and the vocals are generally equally unmemorable. The presence of the legendary George Clinton fails to lift 'Speed Dreamin'', and even Snoop Doggy Dogg sounds drab on 'Yo' Sassy Ways'.

'It Aint Nothing Wrong With You' bucks the trends with an addictive beat and dextrous scratching floating on top of the mix, but it's not enough to save 'Return of the Regulator' from an inevitable journey to the bargain bucket.

Luke McManus

Tracklisting: Intro - Lookin' At You - Here Comes Another Hit - Somethin' To Bounce To - This Gangsta S**t Is Too Much - Pump Up (Skit) – Young Locs Slow Down - Speed Dreamin' - Yo' Sassy Ways - Deez Nuts Part II (Skit) - It Ain't Nothin' Wrong With You - Ghetto Village - They Lovin' Me Now - Streets Of LBC - G-Funk Is Here 2 Stay - Keepin' It Strong