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R.I.P. Nate Dogg

By ; March 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM 

The relationship between R&B singers and hip hop has an inevitably ambiguous nature: guys like R. Kelly stroll into a studio, lay down the hook oft needed to get a cut on the air waves, leave, and rake in the royalties that come from flirting with rap. To be certain, this could not be said of Nate Dogg, who passed away yesterday.

A long time affiliate of Dr. Dre, Nate’s unique voice became a signature of the G-Funk, the West Coast sound after appearing on The Chronic. While on Death Row with Dre he expanded his legacy, working commonly with 2pac, among others. Even following the chaos following Dre’s departure from the Row, Dogg continued his affiliation with the super-producer, gradually gaining the distinction of a rap staple, appearing primarily on the albums of Dre’s affiliates, such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Game, although he would also work with the likes of Jadakiss and Ludacris.

Sadly, Nate’s career stopped short in 2007, following a stroke. A long recovery began, and rumors as to his health and abilities circulated, until he had a second stroke in 2008. After that, hope of a resumed career seemed to lose traction, and we were left to wonder. Currently, the cause of death is unknown, but it was likely connected to these health problems. Rumors of a potential Detox appearance have persisted for years, and will surely fire about now, but the truth is that this is unlikely. Spinning Doggystyle in the memory of a true vet, singer or nay, Nate Dogg was hip hop through and through.

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