Hip-hop staple Nate Dogg dies at 41
Singer Nate Dogg, whose crooning anchored some of rap's most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop through the 1990s and beyond, has died at age 41, the AP reports. Attorney Mark Geragos said Nate Dogg, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday of complications from multiple strokes.
Nate Dogg wasn't a rapper, but he was an integral figure in the genre: His deep voice wasn't particularly melodic, but its tone provided just the right touch on hits including Warren G's Regulate, 50 Cent's 21 Questions, Dr. Dre's The Next Episode and countless others.
While Nate Dogg provided hooks for rappers from coast to coast, the Long Beach, Calif., native is best known for his contributions to the West Coast soundtrack provided by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound and more. Nate Dogg was even part of a "supergroup" featuring Snoop Dogg and Warren G, called 213. He had suffered two strokes in recent years, and Warren G noted last year that Nate had been in therapy but needed help.
Twitter tributes came in as news spread. "We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met," Snoop tweeted.
Rapper Xzibit added, "We love you Nate Dogg, it's never going to be the same."
[Photo: Nate in 2005. Getty Images]