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Warren G

Words: Johnny "Jbutters" Mann Photography: Isaac Klotz

“This is Elementary school all the way through church and Pop Warner football to summer programs in King Park.” – Warren G.

If you talk to Warren G, it will only take a few moments to realize just how far the history of 213 goes back. Some may look at the reunion of Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Warren as a contrived attempt to return to ’93-’94 when they were all at the forefront of the rap game, but true fans know that this has been in the making since they were all kids growing up together in the neighborhood. As cheesy as it sounds before there was any “Groupie Luv,” collaborations with Dre, successful solo careers or acting gigs there was a group of three friends who just wanted to make it. With the release of their debut, “The Hard Way,” they have started a new chapter.

“Me and Snoop played Pop Warner football,” recalled Warren thinking back to when they first met as kids. “I played six or seven years straight and Snoop played about five or six years straight. That’s all we used to do play football, clown around and have fun and in the off-season we would sell candy. We were some hustlers. There was another place named Supreme and they used to have us go around getting subscriptions for newspapers and shit like that. It was that and being in the neighborhood around OGs.”

Magazine:Elemental Magazine
Date: April 09, 2004