"...DJ, producer, and rapper Warren G is the central character of G-Funk, a SXSW documentary about the era of Nineties West Coast hip-hop that married gangsta rap with syrupy, synth-laden funk samples from the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic. While the film looks promising, its panel on Wednesday afternoon felt like a missed opportunity...."
"...Internet meme sensation Doja Cat moo's her way to Barracuda, Warren G preserves G-Funk, and Mamahawk continue their celestial September residency at Swan Dive...."
"...I try to focus on beautiful chords while still trying to keep the street vibe on the bottom. It’s kind of related to G-funk but without the whole gangsterism on top of it..."
"...With Uncle Snoop now BFFs with everyone from Willie Nelson to Buzz Aldrin, it’s easy to forget that America’s cuddliest canine was once a menace to society. On Friday night, the FFF crowd was happy to simply bask in the Doggfather’s hazy G-funk aura...."
"...Think back to 1996. Remember G-funk and East Coast gangsta rap, 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me and Ghostface’s Ironman? UGK’s Ridin’ Dirty, the debut from Xzibit (At the Speed of Life), and a third disc from Mobb Deep (Hell on Earth)?..."
"...And with all due respect to Master P, he did it by goin' back to Cali. Snoop's understated, sinewy flow was always better suited to the boundless bottom and reconstituted soul of West Coast G-Funk than the No Limit label's signature bluster & bounce anyway..."
"...G-Funk D: Karam Gill G-Funk is the untold story of three childhood friends from East Long Beach who helped commercialize hip hop by developing a sophisticated and melodic new approach - merging Gangsta Rap with elements of Motown, Funk, and R&B. (World Premiere)..."
"...Cali's alternative hip-hop movement, a response to Dr. Dre's G-Funk by Delicious Vinyl heads Souls of Mischief, Dilated Peoples, and Hieroglyphics, took off upon the Pharcyde's release of LabCabinCalifornia..."
"...Welsh DJ Mial Watkins harks back to when tambourines hung out on upbeats, G-funk synth lines snuck through resonant filters, and guest vocalists like Seven Davis Jr. reigned supreme..."
"...Nearly every track will fill a dance floor – club or wedding – even if this isn't an LP bearing repeated spins at the cut. "Number One" is a brilliant bit of reverse sample jiu-jitsu, the hypothetical source track for Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)" and a PG version of the bawdy G-funk classic..."
"...Released the following year, The Predator was the first album ever to debut at No. 1 on both the pop and R&B Billboard charts, a fact made all the more improbable because, with the exception of the lighter G-funk classic "It Was a Good Day," it's an album-length explosion of rage about the 1991 L.A..."
"...take up most of the ink, Westhoff ensures that critical figures – former Ruthless co-head Jerry Heller and Suge Knight, specifically – are documented through links previously unmade. Even knowledgeable hip-hop scholars will come across abundant "aha" moments, such as oft-forgotten early Ruthless Records signee Above the Law's 1993 album Black Mafia Life being the original G-funk record – not Dr..."
"...Club across the street at Barracuda. Unannounced appearances by veteran rappers multiplied at every turn, including Ja Rule riling up a huge crowd at Cedar Street, Warren G regulating the world premiere of a SXSW G-Funk doc, and GZA delivering an intimate afternoon set at Whisler's on Sunday..."
"...Shoreline Mafia became the face of L.A.’s SoundCloud-fueled hip-hop renaissance after a Fox News exposé on lean catapulted their intemperate raps from the streets to suburbia. From the low-riding thrash of “Spaceship” to the downtempo jerk of “Musty,” the new Atlantic Records signees synthesize and expand the West Coast sound with unbounded neo-G-funk..."
"...Each of the fire emoji-breathing alumni wears their influences and most do their heroes justice. Vegetable Kingdom's "Behave Yourself" saw-waves into funk's future, Butcher Bear's "As the World Turns" combines the best of Def Jux and Stones Throw, and BoomBaptist's "Sapphire" transcends Ableton button-pushing for a jittery, outer-space G-funk opus..."