The man who sang the hooks of several west coast Hip-Hop classics has passed away at the age of 41. Nathaniel D. Hale, otherwise known as Nate Dogg passed away on Tuesday March 15, 2011. The cause of death is unknown.
Nate suffered a stroke on December 19, 2007 leaving the left side of his body paralyzed. He suffered a second stroke on September 15, 2008 and was reportedly recovering slowly.
While Nate Dogg released three solo albums of his own, he is most famous for providing the choruses for some of rap music’s biggest songs. Nate had a unique singing voice and his lyrics were oft-times X-rated but somehow he made it work.
Nate Dogg sang the choruses on Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode, Ludacris’ Area Codes, 50 Cent’s 21 Questions, Westside Connection’s Gangsta Nation, Snoop Dogg’s Ain’t No Fun, and most famously Warren G’s Regulate.
Rest in peace, Nate. Hip-Hop will miss you.
Nate Dogg’s discography:
G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2
Music and Me
The Hard Way (213, with Snoop Dogg and Warren G)