Long Beach, California singer Nate Dogg was confirmed dead last night, March 15. A member of the group 213 with Snoop Dogg and Warren G, Nate was respected as a singer known for his complementary abilities on Hip Hop songs. First appearing nationally on Dr. Dre’s 1992 multi-platinum album The Chronic, Nate would go on to appear on albums throughout the early 1990s before releasing his double-disc solo debut, G-Funk Classics Volume 1 & 2 in 1998. Among earlier collaborators included Snoop Dogg, 2Pac’s Thug Life and Warren G.
Reacting to the sad news of this morning, Big Syke of Thug Life acknowledged the loss on Twitter, after over nine months without a tweet. Syke, 2Pac, Mopreme Shakur and Mackadoshis featured Nate on their 1994 single, “How Long Will They Mourn Me?”
NATE DOGG REST IN PEACE
Syke would later work with Nate on the singer’s debut album. Also on G-Funk Classics was Daz Dillinger, known most at the time as one-half of Tha Dogg Pound. Daz would work with Nate Dogg throughout the years, on individual and group projects. Daz also mourned the loss of a DPGC member and friend this morning.
R.I.P. TO MY HOMEBOY NATE DOGG DPGC DOGG POUND GANGSTA 4 LIFE
In the early ’00s, Nate Dogg worked outside of his coast, appearing on singles ranging from Def Jam’s star of the day in Ludacris, as well as more underground emcees like Rawkus Records’ Pharoahe Monch and Mos Def on “Oh No.” Nate was also a supporting hand for Brooklyn, New York’s Fabolous, who’s first single was 2000’s collaboration, “Can’t Deny It.” This afternoon, Fab tweeted on Nate’s importance to his career.
With California still very much in his music, Nate scored a #1 hit with Shade Sheist and Kurupt on Damizza‘s compilation album of the same name, titled “Where I Wanna Be.”
Sheist, who’s maintained a quieter career in the decade since the hit, called out the music industry for ignoring Nate Dogg’s personal and artistic merits over recent years.
says I hope Nate’s lesson spreads far.. yall forgot about him, his coast and genre due to envy, greed and straight hate.. Now he’s Gone.
Another younger west coast artist, Knoc-Turn’al, acknowledge Nate for his mentorship. The pair had worked together frequently in the 2000s, on both the singer and the rapper’s solo projects, as well as compilation work.
Life is crazy..enjoy the time u have..we gonna miss u big dogg.. thanks for everything u always did for me.. showed me so much love..
While Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have yet to speak publicly about Nate Dogg’s death, another west coast Hip Hop pioneer tweeted his sentiments. Ice-T acknowledged Nate as a friend and a musical legend.
I woke up this morning to learn that another Hip Hop Legend and friend has passed away.. Rest in peace Nate Dogg. We’ll miss you my nigga.
In recent years, while suffering from several strokes, Nate Dogg’s musical output was limited. He appeared on Warren G’s The G Files album, and The LBC Crew’s just-released Haven’t You Heard project, from 1996.
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