When the news of the passing of Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale hit the news channels and airwaves, celebrities and fans across the world over took Twitter to voice their sadness over the loss and offer condolences to Nate Dogg’s family and friends.
One tweet in particular, however, caught many people off guard. Young Money star Drake tweeted, “It’s easy to love me now. RIP Nate Dogg” – causing many to wonder what exactly did he mean by the tweet.
Twitter fans of both artists jumped to many conclusions, including accusing the Canadian heartthrob of trying to milk the moment to be recognized as the best Hip-Hop singer. Thankfully, Drizzy cleared up the misconception recently with an interview with APTN.
Speaking directly to Hale’s passing, Drake was more than appreciative of the west coast crooner. “It’s very sad to hear that we lost him. He contributed some phenomenal music to the world and I think it’s just important to remember what he has done,” said the Thank Me Later artist.
Drake later added, “”I actually tweeted about it as soon as I heard. One of my favorite lyrics of his was on “21 Questions.” It’s when he said, ‘It’s easy to love me now.’ I’m kind of at that point in my life where I am 24-years-old and everything has changed. It’s easy to love me now for a lot of people that did not love me before.”
Nate Dogg was memorialized by many of his peers via Twitter, including fellow Dogg Pound crew members Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger. Rappers Ludacris, 50 Cent and The Game also offered moving words as well dedicated to Nate.
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