R.I.P Nate Dogg
The smooth baritone vocal of one Nathaniel Dwayne Hale was a recognisable tone which was synonymous with the West Coast hip hop and G-funk dominion that rose into the public sphere in the early 90’s. Regardless of the minimal success of his solo career, his God-given aptitude to make a languid hook instantly recognisable made the Long Beach native the go-to-guy to croon over sparse synths and effervescent basslines. It defined the Sunshine sound following a tempestuous period of rioting between African- Americans and the police in Los Angeles during the Clinton administration*.
His iconic sound first featured on Dre’s The Chronic on the track ‘Deez Nuts’ which impressed the Doc so much that he signed Nate to the infamous Death Row Records label. A year later he lent his soulful refrain to Warren G’s classic ‘ Regulate’ (Sample – Michael Macdonald – ‘I Keep Forgettin’) Nate worked with an extensive catalogue of artists from Tupac Shakur to Kurupt, as well as Mos Def to Mark Ronson. Alas, in memory of the man himself who passed away in the early hours listen to a mix by DJ Steve1der and some of his celebrated discography below.
Download: DJ Steve1der Mix
All About U
R.I.P Big Man
*- Mrs Wharton, eat your heart out.