I was in utter shock when I found out that Nate Dogg passed away on Tuesday at the age of 41.
Nate Dogg, born Nathaniel Hale was the legendary master of the rap hook - famously appeared on Dr. Dre’s debut solo album “The Chronic,” and provided vocals for a number of rappers, in addition to releasing his own solo work with albums “G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2″ and “Music & Me.”
He collaborated on a number of hits, most famously “Regulate” with Warren G, as well as Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” Snoop Dogg’s “Lay Low” and 50 Cent’s “21 Questions.”
In 2007, Nate Dogg had a massive stroke, and another stroke in 2008, however it is unknown if that contributed to his death. According to his manager Rod Mcgrew, Hale had recovered 95 percent from his first stroke, but the second stroke was “deeper and more severe” and left him in a “challenging physical state.”
Nate’s manager added that the second stroke left the artist partially paralyzed and for the most part bedridden, although he could be moved to a wheelchair for outings.
Nate Dogg died in the hospital with his family and manager beside him.
Of course, the loss of Nate Dogg has reverberated throughout the hip-hop community and beyond.
“We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb,” collaborater and friend Snoop Dogg tweeted. “One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met…. I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan…all doggs go to heaven.”
Ludacris, who worked with Nate Dogg on “Area Codes,” concurred, re-tweeting Snoop’s sentiment of “RIP Nate Dogg” and adding, “There is a certain void in hip hop’s heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together.”
EVERYONE SMOKE A BOWL FOR NATE DOGG TODAY! WE HAVE LOST A GREAT!