California hip-hop star Nate Dogg, best known for his for his smooth singing on Warren G’s 1994 G-funk anthem “Regulate” has passed away at the age of 41. The cause of death is not known, but Nate Dogg (real name Nathaniel D. Hale) had been in ill health over the past few years, suffering strokes in 2007 and 2008.
His singing served as a perfect counter-voice to many rappers, which helped him score countless features on hits by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Ludacris and many more. He grew out of the Long Beach, Calif., scene that helped redefine rap rap music in the first half of the 1990’s, and appeared on groundbreaking albums by Dr. Dre (“The Chronic”) and Snoop Dogg (“Doggystyle”). His three solo albums failed to vault him to the level of superstardom of many of his peers, but he remained an in-demand collaborator his entire career thanks to his laid-back singing style.
Some of his friends have already paid tribute on Twitter. Snoop Dogg tweeted: “all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg!!” Ludacris tweeted: “There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled.Glad we got to make history together.” 50 Cent tweeted: “I just landed nate dog is dead damn. GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P he meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv always been a fan of it.”