I am afraid I have to approach this post strictly as a FAN and nothing more. The things I know of most people I write about, or the encounters I may have had will not be in this post. I never had occasion to meet Nate Dogg. But I can tell you is that everything I ever heard him on was an absolute hit to me.
Not everything Nate Dogg sang was inherently catchy per se’. Still his approach is what made me remember every word. Nate Dogg kept it simple. He had a talent for boiling the tones down to their common denominator and creating unforgettable phrases.
When it was officially reported that Nate Dogg had suffered a stroke in 2007 I did not realize how crucial it was. Definitely prayers went out, but not a lot of information was released. He dropped an album, his third, soon after. It would later be disclosed that material was recorded much earlier. Another stroke in 2008 would leave him paralyzed on his left side. He spent the rest of his life attempting recovery, finally succumbing on March 15, 2011. He was only 41.
Nate Dogg began as a church singer. He was working with a Gospel choir again toward the end of his life. Rising to prominence in an era rife with confusing, multi-octave-running R&B vocalists, Nate caught my attention because to me, he sang like Dude SHOULD sing.