Life and career
Nate Dogg was born in Long Beach, California
He began singing as a child in the New Hope Baptist Church
in Long Beach, and at Life Line Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi
, where his father (Daniel Lee Hale) was a pastor.
At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school
in Long Beach, California
and left home to join the United States Marine Corps
serving for three years.
He was the friend and partner in the rap game with rappers Snoop Dogg
, Warren G
, Daz Dillinger
and was the cousin of Butch Cassidy
and Lil' ½ Dead
. Nate, Snoop Dogg
and Warren G
, who all belonged to the Rollin 20 Crips
gang formed a rap trio called 213
which recorded its first demo in the back of the famed V.I.P record store in Long Beach. The demo was later heard by Dr. Dre
at a house party, who was impressed with Nate's soulful voice.[citation needed
Nate Dogg made his debut on The Chronic
. Singing in what later become his trademark style, he was well-received by fans and critics alike, and would go on to sign with Death Row Records
in 1993. Nate Dogg was also featured on Mista Grimm's "Indosmoke" with Warren G. Then in 1994 he produced his first hit single "Regulate
" with Warren G
. Nate Dogg was also featured in many Tupac releases, including his collaboration record Thug Life: Volume I
. In 1998, after a tumultuous time at Death Row Records, he released another album. The double album was titled G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2
and was followed up in late 2001 with Music & Me
on Elektra Records
. Music & Me
peaked at number three on the Billboard
hip-hop charts in 2001.
In 2002, Nate Dogg appeared on a celebrity episode of The Weakest Link
, making it to the last three players before being eliminated by Xzibit
and Young MC
Nate Dogg was arrested in Arizona in April 2002 and was charged with firearms and drug offenses.
He pleaded guilty in May 2002 and was subsequently sentenced to probation and community service.
He was also ordered to attend drug counseling sessions.
As of 2004, Nate Dogg has featured in and contributed to over 40 chart singles.
After a number of delays and an original release date of April 2004, his self-titled album Nate Dogg
was released on Affiliated Entertainment Group on June 3, 2008.
Stroke and health
On December 19, 2007, he suffered a stroke
according to a coordinator for his recently formed gospel choir
, Innate Praise.
Initial media reports suggested he had been admitted to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
in Pomona, California
after suffering a heart attack
Erica Beckwith told MTV News that Nate Dogg had been released on December 26 after being treated for a stroke and had been admitted to a medical-rehab facility to assist him in his recovery. In January 2008, it was officially reported that the stroke had rendered the left side of his body paralyzed. Doctors believed there would be a full recovery, and his voice was not affected. In September 2008, Nate suffered a second stroke.
Warren G later confirmed that since the second stroke, Nate was undergoing physical therapy in an attempt to return to some normality, but it was unclear whether Nate would be able to resume his singing career.
Wikinews has related news: US rapper Nate Dogg dies at age 41
Nate Dogg died on March 15, 2011 in Long Beach, California
from complications related to his previous strokes.
Tributes poured in from collaborators and friends such as Ludacris
, The Game
, 50 Cent
, Snoop Dogg
, Daz Dillinger
, Erykah Badu
, Big Pooh
, Big Syke
, Warren G
Main article: Nate Dogg discography
Nate Dogg was nominated for four Grammy Awards
Category Genre Song Year Result Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
) Rap "Shake That
" 2007 Nominated Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
) Rap "Area Codes" 2002 Nominated Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
(uncredited with Dr. Dre
and Snoop Dogg
) Rap "The Next Episode
" 2001 Nominated Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
(with Warren G
) Rap "Regulate
" 1995 Nominated