West Coast hip-hop legend and Long Beach, California native Nate Dogg (born Nathaniel Hale) passed away yesterday at the age of 41. Known for his soulful and deep alto voice, Nate Dogg rose to fame during the “G-Funk” era of hip-hop alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Dr. Dre, and Tupac. The cause of death has yet to be released, but Nate had previously suffered two mild strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008, which paralyzed the left side of his body.
Nate Dogg got his big break after being featured on Dr. Dre’s 1992 iconic album, The Chronic. Since then, he had become known as one of hip-hop’s most essential “hook” men, lending his smooth vocals to tracks by a ton of artists including Mos Def (“Oh No”), Snoop Dogg (“Lay Low”), Dr. Dre (“The Next Episode”) and 50 Cent (“21 Questions”). His 1994 collaboration with rapper Warren G on the track “Regulate” helped to earn the singer a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group category. He would later go on to be nominated 3 more times for his collaborations with Dre and Snoop on “The Next Episode,” Ludacris’ “Area Codes” and Eminem’s “Shake That.” Even though the singer worked frequently with other artists, he was also a respected solo artist who put out 3 albums on his own. In 1998, he released a double-CD entitled, G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2. That alum was later followed by Music & Me and a self-titled album in 2008.
Nate Dogg’s instantly recognizable voice is one that will certainly be missed. His death is a huge loss not just for his family and friends, but to the hip hop community as well. The singer leaves behind an impressive legacy of musical contributions and memories that will last forever. Rest in peace Nate Dogg! You will always be remembered and loved!
Warren G. Feat. Nate Dogg – Regulate
Mos Def feat. Phaerohe Monch and Nate Dogg – Oh No!
Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg – The Next Episode
Nate Dogg – I Got Love
Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz, Nate Dogg – Real Soon
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