While news of Nate Dogg’s death continues to sink in, the hip-hop and R&B world have turned to social networking sites to send their condolences. From Nate’s musical acquaintances to those touched by his legacy, the likes of Snoop Dogg, Game, 50 Cent,Drake, Trey Songz, Monica and Erykah Badu all used Twitter as a way to express kind words about the 41-year-old crooner.
“We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met,” tweeted Snoop, who grew up with Nate in Long Beach, Calif. “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 all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg [sic]!!”
Besides posting Twitter sentiments, rapper Game released a statement regarding the untimely passing of Nate Dogg, who joined the Compton native on the track ‘Where I’m From.’ “We lost a great peer in the business,” Game told The BoomBox. “I will always remember the time I spent in the studio with him. He was very encouraging and professional. I will miss his voice, presence and advice. He’s a part of Hip Hop’s rich history. My heart & condolences goes out to his family.”
Even though he was known as a West Coast artist, Nate didn’t shy away from branching out and working with a wide range of performers including 50 Cent.
“I just landed nate dog is dead damn. GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P he meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv [sic] always been a fan of it. 50cent ,” wrote 50, whose early hit ’21 Questions,’ featured the late singer. “I wrote the chorus to 21 questions I needed nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard.”
Noted as one of the go-to collaborators for a song hook, Nate fused singing with rap, making the sound popular long before the likes of Drake, 50 and even T-Pain followed suit. “It’s easy to love me now. RIP Nate Dogg,” Drake wrote, paying his respects.
“RIP Nate Dogg – much love! If you had Nate on ya hook it was certified g s—,” tweeted Trey Songz.
“Nate Dogg… freshness period. rest in beats,” wrote Erykah Badu, while Monica provided some uplifting words for his family. “2 The late Nate Dogg’s Family Know The Lord is close 2 the brokenhearted & saves those who are crushed in spirit Psalm 34:18…Stay Strong,” she tweeted.
Though no cause of death was initially released, the 41-year-old did suffer from complications caused by two strokes in 2007 and 2009. Despite the support of his friends and family members like his cousin Warren G, who remained optimistic about his recovery, the singer was never the same following the toll the strokes took on his body.
Born Nathaniel D. Hale, the singer was known for his ability to merge his signature smooth sound, first grabbing mainstream success on Warren’s biggest hit, ‘Regulate,’ in 1994. Nate when on to snag four Grammy nominations and continued to collaborate with big names like Ludacris, Dr. Dre and Snoop. He will be truly missed. R.I.P.