I woke up this morning and decided to check the news just like any other day. I was still blinking away the sleep when up popped a post from HipHopDX that Nate Dogg has passed away at the age of 41.
While the cause of his passing is still yet unknown, we here at 4080 wanted to take the chance to pay a small tribute to him.
While Nate hasn’t released much since 2008, much of that can be attributed to his health problems in recent years. Nate Dogg suffered two strokes back in 2007/2008. Regardless of his modern day output, the man was a huge influence on hip hop. It seemed more and more that Nate’s biggest strength was the skill he brought to his collaborations. Even if his success as a solo artist was not as high as hoped, his efforts as a featured guest on numerous songs really added something special to the mix.
Don’t believe me? Remember his turn on Warren G’s Regulators?
He’s done work with everyone from Mos Def to 50 Cent, and did so with the same skill and style that made him famous. Even if you don’t love the work he’s done, he’s been a big part of some massive, massive hits. I mean, Ludacris’ Area Codes isn’t exactly what I want in my headphones, but you can’t doubt that the song blew up.
Rest In Peace, Nate Dogg. You had a hell of a career.