March 16, 2011

Nate Dogg - RIP

Nathaniel Hale aka Nate Dogg is the latest in a long line of people to leave the world of hip hop at a young age, he was 41 years old.  Thankfully there aren't any tales of guns, drugs or beefs etc to accompany this sad news, it appears that he died from problems relating to his health which had been deteriorating in recent years following several strokes.  No further details are available at this time, but it seems only right to take a minute to remember some of Nate Dogg's contributions to hip hop.

He was a contributor to Dr Dre's 1992 classic The Chronic, he had the hit single Regulate with his partner Warren G and he helped to launch Mark Ronson's mainstream career by lending his catchy vocals to the track Ooh Wee.  Despite pursuing solo projects, Nate will surely be remembered most for his distinct and infectious choruses that seemed to turn mediocre melodies into chart hits. Let's face it, you didn't need to see the credits to know that Nate was singing on the track.

Nate Dogg - August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011

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