“I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day u put the g n g funk u put the 1 n 213 n u put yo stamp on evrybdy u ever didit wit”
“I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan”
11:00pm | Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, or Nate Dogg, known as the soulman of G-Funk, has died at the age of 41.
The Press-Telegram reported at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday that Hale’s family had confirmed his passing. Further details were not immediately available.
As with many a rapper, Hale, got his start signing in a church choir -— Long Beach’s New Hope Baptist Church’s choir, to be exact.
Over the next three decades, the Long Beach resident would see his musical career take off, first as one-third of the rap trio 213 with Snoop Dogg and Warren G, which recorded a demo in the back of V.I.P. Records on Pacific Coast Highway in 1991. When Death Row Records’ Dr. Dre heard the tape at a party, he was instantly hooked on Nate Dogg’s uniquely soulful voice.
Two years later, in 1993, he would make his official debut on The Chronic, performing the outro on “Deeez Nuuuts” one of the best selling albums of the year. Together with Dre, Nate would turn his trademark singing style into what became officially known as the G-funk sub-genre of West Coast gangsta rap.
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