Nate Dogg, 41, DiesColumnists, Kim's Kronicles — By Kim Webster on March 25, 2011 at 7:48 am
LONG BEACH CA – Legendary Hip Hop Artist Nate Dogg, aka Nathaniel D. Hale, passed away on March 15, 2011 due to complications related to congestive heart failure.
As a child, Nathaniel D. Hale began singing gospel music at Life Line Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi and New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach. But, Nathaniel was destined to become known as Nate Dogg; a Hip-Hop artist, pioneer and legend. “His career started here at VIP Records as a member of the group 213,” said Kelvin Anderson, owner of VIP Records in Long Beach. The group recorded their first demo at a recording studio in the VIP Record Store. “The group consisted of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg. This threesome brought a unique style of music with rap lyrics and singing. Nate Dogg was the singer of the group and never before had a rap song been performed with someone singing the hook. This is something commonly heard today which is a style created by Nate Dogg,” added Kelvin. In addition to his own recordings, Nate Dogg sung hooks for numerous artists including Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Tupac, DJ Quik, Eminem, Ludacris and Dr. Dre. Collaborations with Eminem, Ludacris, Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg, and Warren G earned Nate Dogg four Grammy nominations.
Nate Dogg made his transition on March 15, 2011. Viewing will be Friday, March 25 at New Hope Baptist Church, 1160 New York St, Long Beach, CA. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 26 at the Spruce Goose in Shoreline Village, Long Beach CA. “He will be greatly missed,” said Kelvin.