Rapper Warren G is set to share the stage with his half-brother Dr. Dre, and his old trio, 213 — including Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg — for the upcoming Chronic 2001 tour scheduled to kick off in June.
"The tour is going to be the biggest rap tour ever, you watch," said Warren G, the 28-year-old Grammy-nominated artist/producer. "We all have new records out, so it's going to be great for everyone."
The tour's lineup also includes Ice Cube, Xzibit, Eminem, Kurupt, Tha Eastsidaz and more for this festivallike show, said Warren G's publicist, Lauren Coleman of Punch Media Relations. For some legs of the tour, Warren G will perform solo.
The song "Game Don't Wait" (RealAudio excerpt), released in March, is the second single from Warren G's 1999 album, I Want It All. It marked the studio reunion of 213, after almost 10 years.
The group "got back together because it was all good," Warren G said. "The timing was right. Positive vibes are just flowin'."
The long-awaited get-together had been put on hold because of what Warren G's manager and uncle, Wron G, called "political bull."
"They were not allowed to perform together until now," Wron G said. "It's been really unfortunate."
Warren G (born Warren Griffin III) started his career on the Long Beach, Calif., rap scene as a DJ for 213. By 1991, his friend and fellow bandmate Snoop Dogg recorded a demo, "Super Duper Snooper," and Warren G passed it on to his half-brother, Dr. Dre. Dr. Dre wound up the rapper and Warren G on his groundbreaking 1992 album, The Chronic. Snoop Dogg was featured on nearly all of the tracks while Warren G is credited with singing on one, "Deeez Nuuuts."
Determined to make it on his own, Warren G went on to produce tracks for 2Pac and MC Breed and released his triple-platinum debut, Regulate ... G-Funk Era, in 1994 on Death Row Records. The album sported the hip-hop/soul hit "Regulate" (RealAudio excerpt), a duet with Nate Dogg.
Following his 1997 album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder ..., Warren G released I Want It All last year. The title track was a summer/early fall #1 single on the Billboard R&B/hip-hop charts.