As one third of the groundbreaking West Coast super group 213, Nate Dogg is one of the pioneers of the street serenade in Hip Hop. One year ago today ,Nathaniel Hale aka Nate Dogg died as a result of multiple strokes at the age of 41.
Along with his homies from the LBC Warren G and Snoop Dogg, Nate helped change the landscape of Hip Hop with the trailblazing G-Funk sound on Dr. Dre’s Five Mic classic “The Chronic”. This is where he launched his solo career and went on to sign with Death Row Records, appearing on several tracks in Tupac’s catalog. He also made numerous guest appearances on some unforgettable Hip Hop gems such as 50’s “21 Questions”, Fab’s “Can’t Deny It”, Snoop’s “Lay Low”, and Warren G’s Grammy nominated smash, “Regulator”. Even though he was originally labeled by critics as just a shower singer from the hood, but he was still able to shine on collaborations with R&B greats such as Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, and The Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson.
In December 2007, Nate Dogg suffered a stroke, however, it was reported that he was admitted to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. The following month, it was officially reported that Nate had a stroke that left one entire side of his body paralyzed. It was believed that he would make a full recovery following therapy, but less than a year later, he had a second stroke which eventually led to his untimely death. Nate’s passing was among several other Hip Hop icons who succumbed to preventable health conditions, which hopefully motivated the Hip hop community as a whole to be more conscious of their health.
The Source Magazine send our condolences to the family and friends of one of Hip Hop’s songbirds that left us too soon.