Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Smoothest Voice of the West

Californian singer Nate Dogg passed away in his home city of Long Beach, CA yesterday. I am not sure what the cause was and I don't really care (probably a stroke). Nate Dogg's solo career wasn't a strong one, but his collaborations with the world's biggest hip-hop artists always guaranteed a hit. When I was a young wigger not in the hood, Nate Dogg's voice seemed to epitomize the westcoast rap scene, especially during the g-funk era with his work on Dr Dre's landmark album The Chronic and Snoop Dogg's misogynistic and fun Doggystyle (how can an album named Doggystyle not be good).

Nate Dogg was then resurrected at the dawn of the millennium on Dr Dre's futuristic 2001. Among many collaborations throughout his career, his closest seemed to be Warren G. Their work on the song Regulate has become a hip hop classic. Nate Dogg's wonderfully deep, low voice helped develop a style of his own that was undeniably marketable across the world. His voice also made it easier for women to be degraded to such a fantastic level  so "just lay back and open your moooouuuutttthhhh!"

Here are what I believe to be some of Nate Dogg's best pieces of work:

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