There's a hole in my West Coast soul this morning with the untimely passing of rapper Nate Dogg on Tuesday at the age of 41, after a prolonged illness. The Long Beach native and cousin of Snoop Dog made his name in the early 90's as a collaborator and contributor in the Long Beach scene, most famously singing on Warren G's iconic "Regulate." In 1991, he founded rap group 213 with Snoop and was an integral part of the Death Row Records crew after signing in 1993, lending his signature voice to albums like Dr. Dre's The Chronic.
A four-time Grammy nominee, Nate Dogg more recently worked on tracks like Ludacris' "Area Codes" and Eminem's "Shake That." Perhaps not as widely celebrated as his peers, Nate Dogg's smooth, soulful voice and pioneering sound still resonate today. Below is a video displaying Nate Dogg's amazing vocal chops and instantly recognizable laid back style. He will be missed.