Although Lil Wayne was intent on delivering one of his most dynamic performances ever while kicking off the opening show for his nationwide “I Am Still Music” tour in Rhode Island, the Young Money mogul paused his set to give a heartfelt showing of respect to some of hip hop and music’s fallen greats.
At the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Lil Wayne proceeded to thrill the crowd with a number of his hits before handing over the stage to his Young Money protégé Nicki Minaj. At the demands of the crowd, Weezy returned shortly after 11 PM and addressed the Providence crowd. “Make some noise for Tupac. Make some noise for Biggie. Make some noise for my n—a Nate Dogg,” said Wayne. “Make some noise for Michael Jackson, y’all. All the people I named taught me one thing. And that’s how to hustle.”
Wayne hasn’t been the only superstar rapper to address the loss of G-Funk singer Nate Dogg who passed away Tuesday (March 15) due to health complications from multiple strokes. The singer’s passing touched many of today’s current stars as the prolific crooner worked with a variety of artists over the course of his 19-year career.
Nate Dogg, who worked alongside underground stars as well as commercial favorites, was beloved by a wide swath of artists. West coast underground king Evidence tweeted, “RIP Nate Dogg. You will be missed.” Ev’s partner in the group Dilated Peoples Rakaa Iriscience followed his RIP shout to Nate Dogg with, “Take care of yourselves, people. Invest in your health and keep your blood pressure in check. Word.”
Plans for the funeral service of Nate Dogg have yet to be announced.