Aside from palm trees, dermal lip fillers and the Hollywood Sign itself, few things scream “LA!” quite like G-Funk—the ultra-smooth, vaguely foreboding style of hip hop pioneered in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s by Southland legends like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg. But while classic rock, country and pop have all received their cinematic due, the history of rap music, and G-Funk in particular, remains largely unexplored and/or immortalized by contemporary filmmakers. After all, there are only so many times you can watch “Gin and Juice” on YouTube (though we still really want Snoop’s deeply incongruous but very stylish Penguins NHL jersey.)
Luckily, Warren G’s new documentary (directed by Karam Gill)—aptly titled G-Funk—sets out chronicle the music’s rise, charting the friendship between Warren, Nate and Snoop as they collaborate together to create one of the most essential styles in West Coast hip hop. And what better place for the film to have its LA premiere than at the LA Film Festival?
G-Funk will screen at the Festival on June 16 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown. Even better: the film will be followed by a live performance by none other than Warren G himself. This marks the second year that the LA Film Festival will be utilizing the Theatre at Ace Hotel as both a screening and live performance venue. And assuming you were lucky enough to join us last year, you know not to miss out. Get your tickets here. And really, the only thing to say at this point is: Regulators, mount up! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
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