On Tuesday, March 15th, 2011, Long Beach rapper Nate Dogg died at the age of 41. The Long Beach Press Telegram which first reported the performer’s passing noted that Nate Dogg, real name: Nathaniel D. Hale; suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him partially paralyzed, and another the following year in 2008. There was no official cause of death announced.
“We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B. One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at Poly High where we met,” Snoop Dogg said on Twitter. “You will always be with me forever and a day. You put the ‘G’ in ‘G funk’, you put the ‘1’ in ‘213’ and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with. I miss you because I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up with you, and I will see you again in heaven, because you know the slogan about ‘all doggs go to heaven.’ ”
After hearing the tragic news of Nate Dogg’s death, R8R, Rap Music Guide’s Senior Rap Editor and official DJ, dug up one of his favorite songs by the G-Funk legend, OG Nate. With one of the most recognized voices in Rap, Hip-Hop & R&B, Nate Dogg blessed many tracks with legends such as Dr. Dre, Warren G, Snoop Doggy Dogg, 2Pac, Biggie, E-40, & the list goes on. He was a legend in his own time that will be missed by everyone. Thanks for the music Nate Dogg!