West Coast Rap Star Dead at 41

Long before  Lil Jon was throwing “Yeah’s” on every track, or T-Pain crooned his signature auto-tune sound, there was the distinctive West Coast twang of  the hip-hop singer and Regulator himself Nate Dogg.  Dogg passed away yesterday, leaving a hole in the heart of the hip-hop community. 

The 41-year-old rapper/singer born Nathaniel D. Hale of Long Beach, Calif.,  reportedly had been in poor health, after he suffered a stroke in 2007 and again in 2008.

As one of the pioneers of  “G-Funk”, he was a game changerin the world of rap. In 1991, he was apart of the group 213, along with rappers, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Warren G. In 1992, Nate Dogg’s vocals were  featured on Dr. Dre’s landmark rap album,” The Chronic” and in 1994 he put his stamp on Warren G ‘s smash record “Regulate”. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Over the years, Nate Dogg has completed solo projects and has been featured on a voluminous number of songs including:  Snoop Dogg’s “Lay Low”, Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” & “Xxplosive”, 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” and Ludacris’ “Area Codes” .

Some of the rappers/friends that he has collaborated with took to Twitter to share some of their thoughts on his death.

“All doggs go to heaven, ” tweeted good friend and former group mate Snoop Dogg.

“There is a certain void in hip hop’s heart that can never be filled,” tweeted Ludacris.

Fans, friends and colleagues of the rapper continue to show an outpour of love and support for the rapper through social sites.

 The details surrounding his exact cause of his death have not yet been released.