Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Nate Dogg dies, ‘Regulate’ rapper mourned by former classmate Snoop Dogg ♫

(From left) Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Warren G. (Anthony Mandler)
Nate Dogg, one of the West coast rappers who helped make Dr. Dre’s 1992 first album “The Chronic” so iconic, died Tuesday at the age of 41. Born Nathaniel Hale, the hip hop artist was known for a soulful voice that garnered him four Grammy nominations.

Snoop Dogg, once the other young rapper who helped launch Dre’s debut, tweeted that he’d first met Hale when they were sophomores in high school. Hales cause of death is still unknown, but he’d battled serious health issues recently, most notable among them a 2008 stroke.

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So today’s morning music comes to you in the form of “Regulate,”Hale’s Grammy-nominated 1994 collaboration with Warren G:

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