Remembering Nathaniel 'Nate Dogg' Hale in video
News of the untimely death of West Coast singer Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale spread, like most bad news does nowadays, on Twitter late Tuesday night.
Tributes from everyone ranging from longtime friend and collaborator Snoop Dogg to “Glee’s” Kevin McHale poured in on the social network.
"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," Snoop 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"
According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the death of Long Beach native Hale – known for his gruff baritone vocals -- was announced by his family late Tuesday.
Though no cause of death was immediately announced it was widely reported that the 41-year-old suffered strokes in both 2007 and 2008.
It would be remiss of Pop & Hiss to not highlight his indelible contributions to hip-hop -- he especially leaves an undeniable imprint on West Coast rap. We’re sure the "Respect the West" Showcase going down at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, on Saturday will become an easy tribute to Hale, who lent his unforgettable tone to ubiquitous hooks on hits from Dr. Dre, Warren G and Snoop Dogg over the years.
Though there are dozens of jams in his catalog, let’s hit you with a few essentials:
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy