The hip-hop world suffered a major setback Tuesday after singer and rap scene legend Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale passed away following a series of health problems.
Nate Dogg, born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, reportedly died on Tuesday at the age of 41 after several years of health problems, which included two strokes he had suffered in recent years.
The family of rapper Nate Dogg first announced his passing to The Long Beach Press-Telegram, a Long Beach, Calif.-based newspaper, confirming that one of Hip Hop's most iconic voices has passed away.
Although no specific cause of his untimely death has been announced, the former Death Row alum suffered from two strokes, first in 2007 and then in 2008.
Fellow musicians remember the rapper on Twitter
On Wednesday, several artists took to micro-blogging and social networking site Twitter to remember the musician.
“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,” his musical collaborator, rapper Snoop Dogg, wrote. “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!!… RIP NATE DOGG.”
Although no specific cause of his untimely death has been announced, the former Death Row alum suffered from two strokes, first in 2007 and then in 2008
An emotional Rapper Ludacris Tweeted, “There is a certain void in hip hop’s heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together.”
"R.I.P. TO MY HOMEBOY NATE DOGG DPGC DOGG POUND GANGSTA 4 LIFE," tweeted DPG member Daz.
"I lost a friend," Game wrote on his Twitter account. "Been here before. Tears. Memories. One day someone will lose 'US' as well. LIVING until that day comes is our only option. R.I.P. Nate Dogg. Why does it take Death to remind us about the importance of life ??? Cherish every moment cuz tomorrow he mite call your #."
"We love you Nate Dogg, it's never going to be the same" West Coast rapper Xzibit added.
Among the others who confirmed Nate's passing via Twitter included Erykah Badu, reclusive comedian Dave Chappelle, Murs and producer Fred Wreck.
About the musician
A Long Beach, California native Nate Dogg got his start with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Warren G with whom he founded the hip hop group 213 in 1991.
He was also known for was known for his collaboration with Eminem and Dr. Dre. He appeared on rapper-producer Dr.Dre's best-selling hip-hop album “The Chronic.”
Born in Long Beach on August 19, 1969, Nate was a four-time Grammy nominee, earning his first nod in 1995 for the legendary Warren G collaboration "Regulate," followed by one in 2001 for providing a hook to the Dre and Snoop tune "The Next Episode" and another in 2002 for singing on Ludacris' "Area Codes." He earned his fourth notice in 2007 for his work on Eminem's "Shake That."
Nate Dogg’s solo albums include 1998's double-CD G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2 (featuring guest spots from Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Warren G), 2001's Music & Me and a self-titled 2008 effort.