R.I.P. NATE DOGG The "Hook King" Will be Missed
News is still developing but tweets from Snoop Dogg and Warren G are confirming that Long Beach, CA rapper, Nate Dogg, has passed away. Nate Dogg (Nathaniel D. Hale) was one of the most original voices to rise from the West Coast hip hop scene. Nate, along with Warren G and Snoop Dogg, formed the hip hop crew 213 while they were in high school. He would go on to become one of the most visible and supporting artists on the roster of the infamous Death Row Records. Nate was nominated for four Grammy awards for collaborations with artists Eminem, Ludacris, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and Warren G.
The Guardian reports: "[Nate Dogg] began singing as a child in baptist churches under the care of his father, who was a pastor. At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school in Long Beach, California, and joined the US marine corps, where he served for three years." Nate's journey led to a career that produced over 40 charted singles as a collaborator. The last few years of his life were stricken with health issues. Nate Dogg was left paralyzed on one side of his body following a massive stroke in December 2007 and was struck by a second stroke in September 2008.
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