It was Wednesday, March 16, when news of Nate Dogg passing away of congestive heart failure circulated the media, which was later confirmed by friends and family. Needless to say, a sad news to the music industry. He was 41 years old.
Nate (Nathaniel Dwayne Hale in real life) after all have had heart problems since 2007, suffering two major strokes in a span of less than two years and sidelining him out of his music career for good. But man did he leave us with some damn good tracks.
Along with Nate Dogg’s passing, condolences from celebrities started pouring. Snoop Dogg called Nate “a best friend and a brother since the 80s,” while Fast Five star Tyrese cited his death as “the worst news he’s ever heard.”
Nate’s solo singing career wasn’t as celebrated as the hip hop artists he has collaborated with over the years, but his legacy flourished in songs that aren’t even his to begin with. He was the great turncoat; the distinct singing voice behind the hip hop rhymes.
Paying homage, here are five songs that will best make us remember the musical legend of the late great Nate Dogg. Rest in peace, homey.
This 1994 track to the movie Above the Rim gave Nate Dogg and Warren G their big break in the music business. So significant is this song in the 90s hip hop culture that it was nominated in the 1995 Grammy Awards and MTV Movie Awards. The song was also #98 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Quite a feat for a duo who claims to have made this song in their apartment.
And Nate Sings: “If you know y’all got know, you don’t wanna step to this. It’s the G-Funk era, funked out with a gangsta twist. If you smoke like I smoke then you high like everyday. And if your ass is a buster, 213 will regulate.”