These R.I.P. OSM posts seem to come along more often than one would like, and despite the enjoyable songs that go with them, they are never fun to write. Nathaniel D. Hale passed away last week at the age of 41, but most would know him by his stage name: Nate Dogg. As you are likely aware, Nate was a fairly ubiquitous member of the West Coast/G-Funk hip hop movement that was so dominant in the 90′s.
That he was so well known is pretty impressive, when you consider he was not an MC, but a gangster crooner known in the beginning for his work on the hooks of his homies – folks like Snoop, Warren G and the Dogg Pound, but eventually going on to work with folks like Dre, Tupac, Fabolous and 50 Cents. But I guess considering how big Snoop and Dre became, anyone working with them was bound to get their name out there, and as well, anyone with even a minimal interest in music has likely heard Nate’s smooth church-grow voice over the Michael McDonald’s-jacked keys on Warren G’s rather well known Regulate (I’ll likely always think of his work with Warren when I think of Nate, because of this song, and others, but also, because, as many folks know, Nate, Warren & Snoop were originally in a group called 213, which they resurrected after they all became well-known).
Now I do love Regulate a ton, but my favorite Nate Dogg feature remains his bit on Snoop’s Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None), from his debut. Hearing Nate’s smooth vocals on such a raunchy track was such a awesome/ridiculous combo that I loved it instantly, and still do. So we’ll post those two songs and then another Nate-featuring song from the Death Row family, I Don’t Like To Dream About Getting Paid from Daz & Kurupt aka Tha Dogg Pound. Then we’ve got a much-loved, but lesser known Nate feature, his work (alongside Warren G) on Mista Grimm’s G-Funked-out Indo Smoke.
We’ll finish with one of Nate’s rare solo outings, the contemplative One More Day from the Murder Was The Case Soundtrack. R.I.P. Nate.
MP3:: Nate Dogg – One More Day
VIDEO:: Warren G – Regulate f. Nate Dogg
VIDEO:: Nate Dogg – One More Day