Hip-hop artist and vocalist Nate Dogg passed away on Tuesday at the age of 41. His death was confirmed by his manager Rod McGrew. As of press time, there was no officially reported cause of death.
Born in Los Angeles, Nathaniel Hale, known as Nate Dogg, a cousin to rapper Snoop Dogg, began working with artist Warren G. in the early 1990s. By the middle of the decade, Warren and Nate had a hit on their hands with their song “Regulate,” which was featured on the “Above the Rim” movie soundtrack. The song, which sampled Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’,” reached the No. Two spot on the pop charts in 1994.
Nate would continue to croon hooks and turn rap songs into pop hits well into the rest of the decade. He could be found on the late 2Pac’s “All Eyez On Me” album, singing the chorus of the track “All About U.” His voice was also all over the “Murder Was the Case” soundtrack. In 1996, Nate finally released a debut album, “G-Funk Classics Vols. 1 & 2,” and scored another hit with “Never Leave Me Alone,” featuring Snoop Dogg.
But Nate Dogg’s prowess wouldn’t stop with the turn of the century. He lent his voice to the choruses for Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” Fabolous’ “Can’t Deny It,” 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” Ludacris’ “Area Codes,” and Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch’s “Oh No,” which appeared on the “Lyricist Lounge 2” album.
Nate Dogg suffered two strokes in 2007 and 2008 respectively, and had issues with his health ever since. Snoop Dogg praised Nate’s contributions to hip-hop via Twitter.
“We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B,” Snoop said. “One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986, when I was a sophomore at Poly High where we met…all doggs go to heaven.”