I challenge anyone to find a genre cooler than this.
It’s the genre that puts a gun to your head and forces you to nod it. The genre that is so heavy that it makes cars actually bounce up and down. The genre that rewards murder, drugs and misogyny more than any other.
This is G Funk. It’s time to ask some questions…
G Funk (short for Gangsta Funk) is all about being unnecessarily violent and being very successful as a result, whilst a dissonant, funky loop is playing in the background.
It’s gangsta rap with an even bouncier feel to it; heavy on the bass and sometimes bringing in keys. The high pitched [gangsta rap portamento lead] is featured extensively as well, one of the many piercing sounds that punctuate the funky rhythms and violent lyrical imagery.
So musically it’s funky hip hop with a dark edge, lyrically it’s pretty much doing your best to get a life sentence, but what about the style associated with it? It’s all about being a straight G – Being real and wearing plaid shirts with kinda silly hair, daring anyone to question it because you’ll clearly shoot them if they do so.
It all began in the early 1990s, with Dr Dre releasing N.W.A’s first G-Funk single “Alwayz into somethin’”, which is, incidentally, a hilarious music video:
This was followed up by “Deep Cover” with the at the time unknown “Snoop Dogg” on the track. His slow flow was perfect for the funky grooves, helping to refine the genre into its laid back yet violent form.
Dr Dre released his album “The Chronic” in ’92 which went on to sell 8 million copies worldwide. I think it’s safe to say that was the point where G Funk took off and every O.G. on the street was doing their best to rip off the Dre sound.
That, followed by the massive success of Snoop’s “Doggystyle” (Freakin’ AMAZING album) in ’93 were two major launchpads for the genre.
It’s the lack of caring. The laid back music doesn’t seem to care that the vocalist on top of it is talking in detail about murdering pretty much anyone that looks at them in the wrong way.
Another awesome thing about the genre which gets overlooked is how a lot of the songs have skits before them – these are some of the greatest and most hilarious sound bytes ever created. For instance:
That is *just* killing a hooker. That is genuinely glorifying killing for no reason. Freakin’ hilarious.
Dr Dre – The Chronic
The original and best. You’re not going to find something with more G or more Funk than this album.
2Pac – Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
Another Rapper spitting over G-Funk that is more than a little bit famous is 2Pac – check out this awesome album for some more violent funkery!
Anything important and influential to G Funk I missed out? Know of any good Funky Gangsta rap artists? Share them in a comment below!