When hip hop fans speak of dynamic duos in hip hop, they end up mentioning Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Right after Dr. Dre left Ruthless Records, he created Death Row Records and the first artist signed to the label was Snoop Dogg. Most people would think that was all to the story, but they forget exactly how they met.
The bond between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg came to be because of Warren G. Warren G is the stepbrother of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg was his longtime friend. Dating back to the Ruthless days, Dre knew of Snoop Dogg. He also knew that Snoop and Warren G wanted to rap, but he did not think that they had great skills. But, one day, he heard Snoop rapping and decided to sign him to his Death Row label.
Quickly, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg formed a duo and they created many hits together. The plan was for Snoop Dogg to first be signed to the label, followed by Warren G. However, as Dre became closer to Snoop, Warren G was beginning to be left out. They were supposed to come back for him, but they never did. It was not as if the friendship ended, it was just that they left Warren G hanging.
Realizing that he had only himself to rely on, Warren G broke out on his own and built his buzz. When it came time for him to choose a record label, Warren surprised everyone when he signed to Def Jam. Dr. Dre just knew that he would end up on Death Row. Even after Snoop Dogg left the label for his own venture and Dr. Dre did the same, Warren G stayed on his own. He has worked with both artists since the Death Row days and during them, but he keeps his distance.
Recently, Warren G spoke on why he never did sign with Death Row. He felt that Dr. Dre’s top priority at the time was Snoop Dogg. Warren G would have rather gone to a label that was willing to give him the proper attention. In a way, he did feel played by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, but he still treats them as family. He has always been one third of 213 with Nate Dogg and Snoop. The group signed to Priority Records and Warren G is currently talking with Snoop about a deal of his own with the label.
At the end of the day, Warren G realizes that the best person for him to trust is himself and that no good comes from being bitter about the past.