The man who helped define the sound of West Coast hip-hop has died at only 41 years old. Long Beach, California singer Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale passed away Tuesday, reportedly of complications from multiple strokes.
Nate was a childhood friend of Snoop Dogg; the two met in high school back in 1986. Nate made his music debut on Dr. Dre's 1992 album The Chronic, and went on to become an integral figure in the West Coast sound and a four-time Grammy nominee.
If you don't know him by name, you probably know his voice. He contributed his signature smooth, mellow hooks to a number of hits that span the past two decades, including Warren G's "Regulate," 50 Cent's "21 Questions," Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode," Eminem's "Shake That," and many others.
Snoop Dogg publicly mourned the loss of his friend last night on Twitter, writing:
We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. […] I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up with u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan…all doggs go to heaven.
Nate Dogg had suffered two massive strokes in recent years, one in 2007 which left him partially paralyzed, and another in 2008. Just last week, Warren G had tweeted that Nate was in treatment, and Nate's brother told a radio station today that Nate had been struggling with his health for the past three years.
Man, another great artist lost too early.
One of my favorite Nate Dogg hooks is in Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode." In honor of Nate's passing, have a listen:
R.I.P., Nate Dogg.
We gon' rock it til the wheels fall off
Hold up, heyyyyyyyy
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