Regulators Mount Up
Regulators mount up is a quote from the movie “Young Guns” as well as a reference to the popular hit of Warren G, titled “Regulate”.
Online, the phrase is often paired with image macros of either Warren G or pictures of the protagonists of “Young Guns”.
The term regulator refers to the Regulator Movement of the 1760’s, prior to the War of Independence.
A regulator is someone who fights corruption and injustice, regulating the rate of crime in a neighborhood.
“Regulators mount up” is used as a call to arms for people in relation to an injustice done online.
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The movie “Young Guns” premiered in the United States in 1988, depicting the story of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid.
The movie was referenced in the 1994 hit of Warren G and Nate DOGG, titled “Regulate”.
A few lines of the movie were also included in the intro of the song, right before the sentence “regulators mount up” is heard.
The quote goes:
Regulators, we regulate any stealing of his property
And we damn good too, but you can’t be any geek off the street
Gotta be handy with the steel if you know what I mean to earn your keep
Regulators, mount up.
Spread and Usage
The success of both the movie and the song resulted in the phrase “regulators mount up” spreading on the internet.
The word “regulators” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003.
A remix of the original song was uploaded to YouTube in 2014 by user Steven Renderos, with the title “Regulators Mount Up”.