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Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and DJ, known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop. Griffin’s career began in the early 1990s as part of the California hip-hop trio 213 alongside Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg, but he is best known for his work as a solo artist, most notably for his first two studio albums, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder and Regulate…G Funk Era, which are certified gold and triple platinum respectively by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Warren Griffin III was born on November 10, 1970 in Long Beach, California to Ola and Warren Griffin, Jr. Griffin’s parents divorced when he was four years old, and he spent the majority of his childhood living with his mother and three sisters in East Long Beach. At the age of 12, he moved to North Long Beach, where he lived with his father and his father’s second wife. By his father’s marriage, Griffin’s stepbrother is Dr. Dre. As teenagers, Griffin and his longtime friend Nate Dogg met Nate’s cousin Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg. The trio became good friends, and eventually formed a rap group known as 213. At age 17, Griffin joined the Crips and spent a short period of time in jail for gun possession. After his release, he began producing music after being taught and encouraged by his stepbrother Dr Dre, who, by that time, was already a successful rapper and producer with the gangsta rap group N.W.A. To supplement his income, Griffin began dealing drugs after graduating from high school again spent time in prison in 1988 for drug dealing. After his release, Griffin got a job working in a shipyard, whilst also continuing to hone his skills as a music producer.