According to an family statement released in Nate Dogg's hometown newspaper, the 41-year old rapper has passed away from a yet-undisclosed cause. While the cause of death for Nate is unknown, the singer had suffered two major strokes in the last few years and had been battling health problems ever since. Nate rose to fame as the hook singer on pretty much every major release during Death Row Record's infamous heyday in the early to mid 90's, when the label boasted such talent as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Warren G and Tha Dogg Pound. Nate also appeared on tracks by WC, Ice Cube, Ludacris and pretty much every rapper who ever had a hit single in the last 20 years. As Mac 10 put it on The Westside Connection's 2003 single "Gangsta Nation",
"It ain't a hit till Nate Dogg spits."
The song that put Nate Dogg on the map, Warren G's 1994 single "Regulate"
Can't forget one of Nate's best hooks, Snoop's 1993 track "Ain't No Fun."
I'm a big classic Death Row Records fan. The stuff that they were putting out from Dre's "The Chronic" in 1992 to Snoop's "Doggystyle" in '93, to DPG's "Dogg Food" in '95 and Tupac's "All Eyez on Me" in '96... some of the best records in hip hop history were put out on the Death Row label in the 6 or so years from Dre's debut CD until it all went to shit with Dre leaving, Tupac getting killed, Snoop leaving and everyone else on the label either leaving or languishing with terrible record sales due to the lack of basically all the star talent that carried the label and Dre's grammy-winning production. You could always count on a few things with any great Death Row album though, you could always count on it having sick beats courtesy of Dre, you could always count on it having amazing lyrics and flow due to the unparalleled rapping and writing talents of artists like Snoop, Daz, Kurupt and Pac, and you could always count on a catchy ass hook from Nate Dogg. Why lord? Why couldn't you take Soulja Boy instead???