The man who made G-Funk music official and helped pioneer West Coast Hip-Hop was the great Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. He is better known as "Nate Dogg", who was born on April 19th, 1969 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Once he moved to Long Beach after his parents were divorced at the age of 14, he became friends with legendary West Coast artists such as Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger & Butch Cassidy. After dropping out of high school at the age of 17, he had a short stint in the United States Marine Core for about three years. Nate Dogg soon returned to Long Beach to pursue his passion in music.
By 1990, Nate Dogg would form the group 213 (a tribute to their hometown Long Beach) with his childhood friends Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger & Warren G. They would record their first demo in the back of a local record store a few years later. Luckily, their tape would somehow find the ears of the great Dr. Dre at a house party. The group would go on to cultivate a classic project called "The Hard Way" (2004) which housed the hit song "There She Goes" with Nate Dogg masterfully singing the chorus. Nate Dogg would make his debut singing on Dr. Dre's staple Hip-Hop album "The Chronic".
By 1994, Warren G & Nate had themselves a hit with the classic song "Regulate". This career defining song with Warren G would catapult Nate Dogg's career into the stratosphere as he would go on to release 3 well received solo albums: "G Funk Classics Vol.1/2" (1998), "Music & Me" (2001) and "Nate Dogg" (2003). Nate would go on to work with the late great Tupac Shakur on classic projects such as "All Eyez On Me" and "Thug Life Volume 1". Nate Dogg's best work came from his collaborations with the likes of Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg with "Next Episode", Ludacris with "Area Codes" & 50 Cent in "21 Questions". Nate Dogg even collaborated with E-40, Eminem & Dj Quik.
Unfortunately, from 2007- 2011 Nate Dogg suffered multiple strokes, and sadly passed away on March 15, 2011 due to complications from these strokes. Nate Dogg would leave us a 4-time grammy nominee and a true trailblazer for G-Funk music & West Coast Hip-Hop forever.
Rest In Peace Nate Dogg!
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