Known for ushering the Long Beach California G-Funk era into the 90's Rap/RnB landscape, Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale, passed away in his hometown (LBC) Tuesday- March 15th, 2011. Nate Dogg's journey ended at 41, after battling years of health issues (suffering strokes in 2007+2008).
Celebrated for his smooth vocal prowess; contributing an endless string of hooks juxtaposed in some of the most important West Coast Rap songs. Nate Dogg will stand peerless, as a Hip-Hop Icon, with his sonic gift always playing on in FYM's hearts and speakers. The following tunes are a few of FYM's favorite Nate Dogg music moments:
Warren G featuring Nate Dogg, Regulate:
Regulate was originally featured on the Above the Rim soundtrack, and later on Warren G's debut Regulate... The G-Funk Era, it's possibly Nate Dogg's most well-known contribution. Warren G and Nate Dogg seamlessly trade verses throughout this silky O.G. classic. The opening line: "Regulators. We regulate any stealin’ of his property, we’re DAMN good too. But you can’t be any geek off the street. You’ve gotta be handy with the steel if you know what I mean, earn your keep" was sampled from the 1988 movie Young Guns.
Westside Connection featuring Nate Dogg, Gangsta Nation:
In Gangsta Nation, Westside Connection solidified Nate Dogg's presence as a Hip-Hop Icon, featuring Ice Cube's classic line Cause it must be a single with Nate Dogg singin' on it, later on followed by Mack 10's line It ain't a hit till Nate Dogg spit.
Dr Dre featuring Nate Dogg, and Snoop, The Next Episode:
Nate Dogg closes out Next Episode (Dr. Dre's Chronic 2001 comeback) with the songs last verse. It ends on a line that can be heard screamed in unison, whenever played, in nightclubs and cars across the country Heyeaheyehee smoke weed everyday.
Snoop Dogg featuring Nate Dogg, Ain't No Fun:
It's dirty, real-talk from Snoop and Nate. A classic LBC house party anthem with the hook it ain't no fun (if my homies can't have none) off Snoop's Masterpiece Doggystyle.
Eminem featuring Nate Dogg, Till I Colapse:
Conquering, uplifting, magic- Nate Dogg adds the finishing touches on Eminem's Til' I Collapse, a motivating gem, featuring Nate Dogg's hook "till the roof comes off, till the lights go out, till my legs give out, can't shut my mouth. Till the smoke clears out- am I high? Perhaps, I'ma rip this shit till my bone collapse."
Thoughts/Graphic: J. Thomas Codling
Peace, Love, Respect.