It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we lost the late great Nate Dogg.
When the legendary singer, rapper, and songwriter passed away on March 15, 2011, the rap community lost one of the genre’s most distinctive talents. His voice carried over some of Hip-Hop’s greatest hits, including 50 Cent’s smash hit “21 Questions” and his 1994 collaboration with Warren G “Regulate.”
In 1991, along with Snoop Dogg and Warren G, Nate Dogg created the group 213, and in 1992, he was a featured on Dr. Dre’s classic album, The Chronic. But it wasn’t until 1994 that Nate Dogg’s career took off when he was featured on Warren G’s hit single “Regulate.” However, with Nate's albums G-Funk Classics Vol. 1& 2 and Music and Me, his work went unnoticed. We then realized how his work on the hooks and bridges on songs with Dr. Dre, Snoop, Eminem, and Ludacris marked his status as a one-of-a-kind voice, earning him four GRAMMY nominations throughout his career.
Though Nate Dogg passed in 2011, his spirit lives on and his music continues to inspire a generation of young artists of today likeTy Dolla $ign, BLXST, and his own son, NHale. Just last year, Snoop Dogg called Ty Dolla $ign the “Nate Dogg of our generation.” As for NHale, Nate Dogg’s music spirit lives through him. Just last year, he dropped his first project called Young OG and today, March 15, he’s honoring his father with yet another album called " target="_blank">The Next Episode.
Another artist who resembles Nate Dogg's music is Los Angeles own’s BLXST. In fact, he previously mentioned how much he's been influenced by him. In an interview with REVOLT TV, the “No Love Lost” rapper-singer-producer said how he appreciates the Nate Dogg comparisons he gets:
“I love it, actually. I’m a big fan of Nate Dogg and I just felt melodically, we fit in that same pocket of just being smooth and easy-going, not too aggressive on the track. We just fit perfectly with any artists, but we also have our own world we can go to,” he told REVOLT.
In his song “Pressure,” BLXST even raps “Ayy, I ain’t heard one bad Blxst song/Gevity gon’ last long/He the new Nate Dogg/He the West back bone,” adding to the references he gets.
Safe to say, Nate Dogg’s rich sound was magical. A voice so smooth, it was undeniable!
Long Live Nate Dogg! - Lupe LLerenas (@LupeLLerenas)
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