Short for 'Ghetto', or 'Gangsta' Funk, this has been mistaken as the work of Dr. Dre. However, one must understand this type of laid back, funky, highly synthesized and heavily sample driven sound originated from Cold187um of Above the Law. His ideas and theories were used by Dr. Dre for his Deathrow debut (The Chronic) after much of the Ruthless camp has switched to Deathrow. Also take note that Warren G and Snoop were with Cold187um before they were 'discovered' by Dr. Dre. Much of the mainstream media is to blame as Dr. Dre gave no credit and is also believed to have black listed Cold187 from getting proper exposure.
The first G Funk single in fact was 'Call It What U Want'. Off of Above the Law's 'Black Mafia Life' LP, this track featured Tupac and Money B. They clearly defined the sound by the term G Funk, which was not mentioned at all on The Chronic but both albums are G Funk nonetheless.
There is still much debate continuing as to the originators of G Funk. The main arguement in Dr. Dre's favor is that 'The Chronic' was released several months before 'Black Mafia Life'. This is true, however most albums are subject to considerable delay, which was the case with 'Black Mafia Life'. It is widely unknown that Cold187 and Dr. Dre spent much time together in the studio before Ruthless had divided. 187 has clearly spoken on the outright reluctance of Dr. Dre to give credit where credit is due. One must simply consider the large scale lawsuits of unlisted samples and replayed elements, uncredited ghost producers and song writers all associated with Dr. Dre's history.
Some may regard this issue as speculation or hatred toward Dr. Dre because the G Funk sound was so popular in the early 90's. Cold187 has nothing to lose in claiming the truth regarding this matter. But the exceptional Cold187um and Above the Law had never received the credit in which they were highly deserving of. The mainstream had largely favoured Dre over Cold187, although several circles understand the important contributions of Above the Law for their hard work and creative ideas in representing the West Coast.
G Funk songs by Above the Law include: Black Superman, Call It What U Want, Kalifornia, V.S.O.P, Gangsta Madness.
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