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Nate Dogg would've turned 50 years old today

Today In Hip-Hop History: (August 19, 1969 - March 15, 2011), would have been Nat Dogg's 50 birthday.

On March 15, 2011, Nate Dogg died from complications of multiple strokes

Nathaniel Hale aka Nate Dogg Dies at 41

Snoop Dogg remembers Nate Dogg and talks about getting emotional whenever he hears his new record “Wintertime in June” featuring the legend.


The unmistakable G-Funk sound of Southern California created a style that in the 90’s shaped Hip Hop culture in it’s own image. Since it’s conception by Dr. Dre with The Chronic, G-Funk has grown to be one Hip Hop’s most unique and distinguished sub-genre and has spread West Coast culture across the globe. On this day in Hip Hop history we celebrate the birth of the self proclaimed King of G-Funk Nate Dogg.

Known for his smooth soulful vocals on the hooks of some of the the 90’s most popular G-Funk cuts, Nate Dogg became one of the most recognizable voices of the genre. His music career began in 1990 when he and his cousin, Snoop Dogg, formed the group 213 along with fellow Long Beach rapper Warren G. After gaining clout in the newly exploding California rap scene, the group recorded their first demo at the iconic V.I.P. Record Store in Long Beach. The demo was passed along to Dr. Dre giving Nate Dogg and the rest of 213 the break they needed.

Nate Dogg’s first placement was on the Dr. Dre’s classic debut The Chronic singing the outro to “Deeez Nuuuts”. He would go on to sign with Death Row Records following the praise and acclaim he received after the album’s release. With Death Row, Nate Dogg continued to sing hooks and harmonize over tracks for various artists on the label. in 1994, he and Warren G released their first hit single “Regulate”.

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