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Nate Dogg and Warren G - Regulate the Children's Book

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Warren G is driving alone through Eastside, Long Beach, California at night, looking for women. He finds a group of men playing dice and tries to join them, but they pull out their guns and rob him instead. Thinking he's about to die, Warren G sings out, "if I had wings I would fly"; one critic describes this moment as "the hook" of the song.

Meanwhile, Nate Dogg is looking for Warren G. He passes a car full of women, who are so fixated on him that they crash their car. He finds Warren G and shoots at the robbers, dispersing them. The two friends then return to the women and ride away with them.In the third verse, Warren and Nate explain their G-funk musical style; the song "constructs itself as inaugurating a new era".

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Some years ago, while in the depths of a wikipedia binge, I came across wikipedia's article on Regulate. Fearing the synopsis I read there would not pass muster the next time some stuffy editor passed his gaze over it, I saved a copy of it. Sure enough, the synopsis eventually got edited out, which is a shame because, frankly, it's genius. Here is that synopsis:

On one of those cool, clear nights typical in Southern California, Warren G is driving around, looking around for women to have sex with. He's chosen to engage in this pursuit all alone. Nate Dogg, however, has just arrived in Long Beach, seeking Warren G. Ironically, Nate Dogg passes a car full of women who are excited to see him. He insists to the women that there's no cause for the excitement. Warren G makes a left at 21st and Lewis, where he sees a group of young men playing dice. He hops out, excited to find people to play with but discovers that they don't want to play dice. Instead, they would rather steal his goods. Once they pull out their pistols, Warren G realizes he's stuck. Nate Dogg, meanwhile, is trying to avoid the women who saw him earlier. Some of them might be prostitutes, and he isn't interested in prostitutes right now. As he evades the potential hookers, he sees Warren G being held up by some young toughs. Warren G, unaware that Nate Dogg is nearby, can not believe he's being robbed. In fact, he is so incredulous that he asks what else the robbers would like to steal. This is most likely a rhetorical question. Nate Dogg sees these unfortunate proceedings and realizes that he may have to shoot people with his gun. Despite Long Beach's reputation for crime, Warren G can't believe that a hold up would happen there, especially to him. As he imagines himself escaping through supernatural means, he notices that Nate Dogg is there. Nate Dogg has seventeen bullets to expend on this group of thieves and he uses many of them. Afterward, he generously shares with Warren G the credit for neutralizing the situation, though clearly Nate Dogg did all of the hard work. In fact, Nate Dogg quickly reminds himself that he has committed multiple homicides to save Warren G before letting Warren know that there are females nearby if he'd like to have sex with any of them. Warren recalls that it was, in fact, sex with women for which he'd ventured out into the night and is thankful that Nate knows where there are women, who may or may not be prostitutes. Nate soon finds the women he'd left before, one of whom likes chubby men. She comes up with a flimsy excuse about her car having broken down in order to persuade Nate Dogg and Warren G to allow her to come with them. Soon, Warren G and Nate Dogg are driving with a car full of women to the Eastside Hotel for an orgy, which reinforces Nate's earlier suspicion that the women were prostitutes. Warren G and Nate Dogg explain their G Funk musical style before Nate Dogg issues a vague threat to "busters," suggesting that he and Warren G will regulate the situation. This could be taken to mean that Nate Dogg will murder them while Warren G stands nearby and shares credit afterward.

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