Monday, January 24, 2011

Regulate - a synopsis of a rap song

A couple months back I stumbled across the wikipedia page for the song Regulate by Warren G and Nate Dogg. You might remember this song from the summer of 1994 it was a rather big hit on the radio and was on the soundtrack of the film Above the Rim. Now the thing that stuck out on the wikipedia page is someone wrote a very detailed synopsis of the song and it's hilarious! The current wikipedia page doesn't show the synopsis I guess the wikipedia community didn't think it was necessary but I love it. You can read on the previous version page. Anyway, read the synopsis below, which is spot on and then watch the video below:
On a cool, clear night (typical to Southern California) Warren G travels through his neighborhood, searching alone for women with whom he might engage in consensual sexual intercourse.

Nate Dogg, having just arrived in the east side of Long Beach, seeks Warren. On his way to find Warren, Nate passes a car full of women who are excited to see him. Regardless, he insists to the women that there is no cause for excitement.

Warren makes a left turn at 21st Street and Lewis Ave, in the East Hill/Salt Lake neighborhood, where he sees a group of young men enjoying a game of dice together. He parks his car and greets them, but they soon brandish handguns and attempt to rob him. At that point, Warren realizes he is in a bad situation.

Meanwhile, Nate passes the women, as they are low on his list of priorities. His primary concern is locating Warren. Shortly thereafter, he comes upon the armed robbery.

Warren, unaware that Nate is watching nearby, is in disbelief that he is being robbed. The perpetrators have taken his rings and a Rolex Watch, and he nervously and rhetorically asks them what else they intend to steal.
Observing these unfortunate proceedings, Nate realizes that he may will likely have to intervene and use his own firearm to save his friend.

The tension escalates as the robbers point their guns at Warren's head. Warren senses the gravity of his situation, and he cannot believe the events unfolding could happen in his own neighborhood. As he imagines himself making a fantastical escape, he catches a glimpse of his friend, Nate.

Nate approaches, mentally prepared to fire on the robbers. His handgun has seventeen cartridges (16 in the magazine and 1 in the chamber, ready to be fired). Afterward, he generously shares the credit for neutralizing the situation with Warren, though it is clear that Nate did all of the difficult work. In the same thought, Nate acknowledges that he has committed multiple homicides to save Warren and reminds himself that several girls are interested in them. He suggests to Warren that they go meet up with them.

Warren acknowledges the effect Nate has on women and reminds himself that he was hoping for similar success before being robbed. Nate quickly finds the women who earlier crashed their car on Nate's account, and they were desperately in need of help. On the other hand, Warren and Nate needed a sexual release. Nate tells one of the girls that he likes how she is dressed. The woman, impressed by Nate's singing ability, asks him and Warren if they can provide them with a ride. Soon, Warren and Nate are driving with automobiles full of women to the East Side Motel to party with the women.

The third verse is more expository, with Warren and Nate explaining their G Funk musical style. Warren boldly dares anyone to approach the style. Thereafter follows a brief discussion of the genre's musicological features, with special care taken to point out that in said milieu the rhythm is not in fact the rhythm, as one might assume, but actually the bass. Similarly, the bass serves a purpose closer to that which the treble would in more traditional musical forms. Nate displays his bravado by claiming that individuals with equivalent knowledge could not even attempt to approach his level of lyrical mastery. Nate goes on to note that if anyone smoked as much marijuana) as he does, they would find themselves in a state of intoxication almost daily. Nate concludes his delineation of the night by issuing a threat to "busters," suggesting he and Warren will further "regulate" any similar incidents in a similar fashion, i.e. with handguns.


After reading that synopsis I want to start a blog devoted to writing synopsis' for rap songs. That would be fun! Wait, does that already exist? If not, who wants to partner with me?

Source [Regulate (song) old version]

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