It aint a Hook if Nate Dogg isn’t singing on it.
It’s hard to believe that its been almost 20 years since The Chronic album dropped. The album was so reveloutionary in a sense where it not only brought a new sound into hip hop, But it also gave careers to so many new rappers and R&B singers from Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage, Jewell, RBX, and Nate Dogg. The Chronic’s success proved to be a launching pad for their careers and the members who participated in that album’s success are still relevant to this day. But one of the people who rarely gets any of the credit in my opinion is Nate Dogg.
Nate Dogg would lace addictive hooks for every Death Row album from 1992-1997 with his very brash and unapologetic but many times mysoginsitc hooks giving these already really good tracks more life. The Death Row era would be the gift and the curse for Nate as he would be a household name due to him being on multi platinum albums but when it came to releasing his own album. Death Row basically kept them in the vault and shelved his release due to the problems going on with the label. For close to a year, Nate would fight for his freedom and had the shackles finally released from his ankles when he finally released his debut album titled The G Funk Classics.
The G Funk Classics was probably the best album Nate has dropped to date, The production is at its best since its heavily West Coasted influenced along with appearances from the usual suspects Snoop, DPG, Warren G, Dr Dre and even Tupac on Me and My Homies:
After his departure from Death Row, Nate made it his mission to be the Industry’s main hookman as he would from 2000-2003 would hold that title. Doing hooks for everybody from Ludacris, Fabolous, Mos Def, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Eminem, Xzibit and others to further beef up his already heavy resume’. He was even the shining star on the disappointing 213 album and he still continue to remain as one of the hardest working singers in the business.
But on December 19th 2007, Nate Dogg’s career would suffer a serious fate as he would suffer a life threatening stroke that would leave the left side of his body paralyzed and hard for him to really speak. It’s a sad state of affairs to see a guy talented as Nate Dogg having his career ended like this. It’s unknown for sure on whenever he’s gonna return or if he recovers but the guy has left TONS of classic material for us to enjoy. Nate has released 3 stellar albums and was rumored to be on the 213 reunion album. GET WELL NATE!
Top 5 best Nate Dogg Hooks:
Nah Nah Nah Nah featuring E-40
Till I Collapse
Where I Wanna Be