There are a couple of things you, dear readers, may not know about me.
1) I am 5ft 1inch tall
2) I LOVE HIP HOP
To name but a few of my loves: KRS1, Sweet Tee, Foxy Brown, De La Soul, NWA, Run DMC, A Tribe CalledQuest, Kanye, Jay Z, Public Enemy, Run The Jewels and of course Warren G, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg. G Funk is a documentary that mainly focuses on the creative threesome that was Nate Dogg, Warren G and Snoop Dogg and their ascension to huge worldwide fame, albeit at different times, written and directed assuredly by 22 year old Karam Gill.
Warren G and Snoop Dogg were young boys growing up in Long Beach with a desire to make something of themselves and a love of music. With a lack of much else to do they became involved in rap battles where as Warren reminisces whimsically, Snoop was amazing from an early age, could turn anything into a rhyme and he and Warren were a team. Then Snoop met Nate in science class and the three of them became the 213 and laying down tracks. Around this time Warren’s mum married Dr Dre’s dad and thus the two were brothers in name. Dr Dre of course was blowing up about this time with NWA but he wouldn’t give the 213 the time of day until much much later and a bachelor party the DJ runs out of music, Warren slips the 213 tape on and suddenly Dre is hooked and starts laying down tracks. The Chronic Death Row records becomes huge and everyone is happy- except when Warren G is left out of the huge tour everyone else goes on. When Dre hire Suge Knight the tone of Death Row altered drastically and a split occurred with Warren out on his own and Nate flitting between Warren and Death Row.
The darker side of Suge’s appointment to Death Row is of course the Biggie versus Tupac, which resulted in two lives being pointlessly lost over a made up rivalry pushed by Suge and picked up by the media to sell more copies of their publications. The documentary chooses to not go too far in to this and I think that’s the right choice. This isn’t about that; G Funk is about the music.
If you are a fan of hip-hop you will love G Funk, even if you aren't a fan you can't help but be won over by the charm of the main players. It may not have the best stock footage but the interviewed with the main players are all entertaining and heartfelt and of course the music is LIT. I could personally watch Snoop all day but Warren G, Ice Cube, Chuck D and so on, all come across as eloquent, passionate, heartfelt, creative. I even shed a tear at one point. The only voice missing here is Dre.
The end result is that all of the people in this documentary were incredibly important to hip-hop and the music industry overall. G Funk is an important and heartfelt documentary. Now excuse me whilst I go listen to The Chronic.