Today in Hip Hop History: August 19, 1969
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, aka Nate Dogg, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1969. Nate Dogg was an American rapper and actor, in addition to being the most famous rap hook-artist of all time. He was a member of the hip hop trio 213 alongside having a successful solo career of 3 albums and several features; the most pertinent being with Warren G, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Ludacris, 50 Cent, among many other hip hop artists.
Nate Dogg began his music career singing as a young child in the Life Line Baptist Church in his hometown Clarksdale and the New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach, where he moved to at the age of 14. In Long Beach, Nate became friends with fellow LBC rappers Warren G, RBX, Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg, and Lil’ ½ Dead.
In 1990, Nate Dogg, Warren G and Snoop Dogg formed 213 and recorded a demo tape. This tape eventually found the hands of legendary producer Dr. Dre, who was impressed by Nate Dogg’s addition to the project. Nate Dogg debuted his talents on Dre’s debut album The Chronic, in the song “Deeez Nuuuts”. From there, he was signed to Death Row Records.
Alongside his frequent collaborators, Nate Dogg was a main driving force in the creation and integration of G-Funk hip hop into the mainstream. His soulful singing on rap hooks remain the most distinct and harmonious facet of hip hop to this day. He has appeared on numerous classic hip hop songs. He was also nominated for four Grammy Awards during his career.
Nate Dogg passed away in Long Beach, California on March 15, 2011 at the young age of 41. The cause of the death was from complications of multiple strokes. Happy birthday and RIP to one of the greatest of all time.