Last night hip hop legend Nate Dogg passed away. Born Nathaniel Hale, Nate Dogg was an essential figure in the west coast hip hop scene.
He was known for singing smooth hooks on songs by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ludacris, 50 Cent and Tupac. Basically any rap star who released a song in the '90s had to have Nate Dogg on their track. Working with him was like a rite of passage.
His best work was probably on the Warren G classic "Regulate" and in the hilarious Chris Rock film "Head of State," where he was the narrator.
He had suffered strokes in 2007 and 2008 and was still dealing with the after effects. A cause of death hasn't been released yet. Nate Dogg was 41.