Warren G was an integral figure in the rise of the West Coast. Following the inception of Death Row Records in 1991, the Long Beach native introduced Snoop Dogg to his brother, Dr Dre, and things quickly began to take off.
As part of the Long Beach trio 213 alongside Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, Warren G made a lot of music and spoke to the MCs on a regular basis. That said, in a recent interview with Noreaga and DJ EFN on the Drink Champs podcast, the lyricist revealed that he inadvertently saved Snoop Dogg from potentially getting shot in the drive-by shooting that killed 2Pac.
Speaking with the Queens host, the California emcee (real name Warren Griffin) unveiled that Snoop had initially planned to go to Las Vegas with 2Pac and Suge Knight to watch the Mike Tyson vs Bruce Seldon fight on September 7th, 1996.
Unveiling that he had let Snoop know he was welcome at his house in Los Angeles instead, Griffin explained, “The cold shit about it is, I had called Snoop. At that time, I was single. I had a house to myself. I was like, ‘Shit, I’m a bachelor. What’s up, Snoop? Come over! I’m here watching the fight, I’ma invite a gang of people over; we gonna barbecue.'”
Griffin told Noreaga that, at first, Snoop (real name Calvin Broadus) declined the offer, admitting, “[Snoop] was like, ‘Fuck that shit, I’m going to Vegas with 2Pac and them for the fight.’ So I was like, ‘Damn, n*gga! You don’t never kick it with me, shit.'”
Fortunately for the ‘Regulate’ musician, Broadus had a change of mind and made a grand entrance, divulging, “So a couple of hours went by, I’m in the house, getting everything ready. I heard a horn honking in front of my house. I looked out the house, and Snoop was outside in a white muthafuckin’ Rolls-Royce with the peanut butter inside with the top down.”
Griffin continued, “He pulled up, he surprised me. He came and hung with me, he let me drive that muthafucka, and we just having a good time, barbecuing, having fun. And the fight was coming on. He came to fuck with me for the fight instead of going to Vegas.”
Griffin’s story also corroborates Snoop’s story from the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection, during which he confesses he was at Warren G’s house when he found out 2Pac died. You can watch Griffin’s Drink Champs interview in the video below.