Nate Dogg, 41 died on March 15, 2011 due to complications from multiple strokes. Born Nathaniel D. Hale the California native, singer/rapper exploded on the scene with Warren G. on the break out single “Regulators.” Best known for laying down some of the most memorable hooks in hip hop history, the smooth vocals of Nate Dogg could make any single a hit.
Some of the biggest hits he appeared on include Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” Ludacris’ “Area Codes,” 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” Eminem’s “Shake That” and his own solo track “Never Leave Me Alone” with Snoop Dogg. In addition to appearing on every great rap album from The Chronic to Doggystyle to All Eyez on Me to Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Nate released three solo albums on his own. He also made the “Eastside Hotel” one of the most famous locales in hip-hop history.
He will be greatly missed, as the music industry attempts to find a musician that can undeniably propel a single into chart-busting status with such ease. Thank you “Ghetto Preacher” you will be missed by millions of music lovers.
“We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B. One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at Poly High where we met,” Snoop Dogg said via Twitter. “You will always be with me forever and a day. You put the ‘G’ in ‘G funk’, you put the ‘1’ in ‘213’ and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with. I miss you because I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up with you, and I will see you again in heaven, because you know the slogan about ‘all doggs go to heaven.’ “