Near the end of today’s (March 17) Cash Money Records edition of RapFix, where Sway gave viewers of a preview of the new show “Deep Cover,” the RapFix and MTV News crew put together a fitting tribute in the memory of the prolific and soulful G-Funk crooner Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale. Hale passed away March 15 at 41 years of age.
Sway began the tribute by giving viewers a crash course on just how impactful Nate Dogg’s distinctive tenor and baritone voice was to the world of hip hop. “When it came to west coast rap, he’s one of the pioneers,” said Sway. “He’s somebody who’s vocal tone was unmatched. The way he sang choruses, arguably he very well may be the best chorus singer there is in the business.”
In a montage of clips following Sway’s heartfelt intro into the tribute segment, the clip begins with the YO! MTV Raps alum Fab Five Freddy speaking with the Dogg Pound who turns his focus on the singer. In a speaking voice as smooth as his many memorable hooks, Nate Dogg explained to Freddy the arc of his career and how he meshed so well in such a rap-focused crew. “It’s something different what we’re doing but it’s the truth that we saying, “shared Nate. “If you can relate, it’s always gonna be if it’s the truth.”
The tribute ended with one of Nate Dogg’s most memorable performances with fellow 213 crew member Warren G and the hit single “Regulate.” Nate Dogg’s familiar soulfulness sounds just as fresh as did then, truly marking just how much of a void his death leaves in not only the world of hip hop but music period.
Rest In Peace, Nate Dogg. You will be truly missed.