Nate Dogg

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Nate Dogg
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Hale in Recording Academy Honors in Hollywood on June 8, 2006
Background information
Birth nameNathaniel Dwayne Hale
Born(1969-08-19)August 19, 1969
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
OriginLong Beach, California, U.S.
DiedMarch 15, 2011(2011-03-15) (aged 41)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • actor
Years active1990–2011
Associated acts

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011), known professionally as Nate Dogg, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. Hale began his career as a member of the Long Beach, California rap trio 213, alongside his longtime friend Warren G and cousin Snoop Dogg. He eventually pursued a solo career, and released three solo albums, G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 in 1998, Music & Me in 2001, and Nate Dogg as a bootlegged album in 2003 and on CD in 2014.

He was known for his deep, low-pitched singing voice, and for performing hooks, frequently collaborating with other artists such as Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, Tupac Shakur, Westside Connection, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Xzibit, and Shade Sheist on many hit releases.[1] Nate Dogg is regarded as one of the pioneers of G-funk and West Coast hip hop.

Hale died in 2011 due to complications from multiple strokes.[2]

Early life[edit]

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on August 19, 1969.[3] He moved to Long Beach, California when he was 14 following his parents' divorce. He was friends with rappers Warren G, RBX, and Daz Dillinger and cousin of Butch Cassidy, Snoop Dogg, and Lil' ½ Dead. He began singing as a child in the New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach and Life Line Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi where his father Daniel Lee Hale pastored and his mother Ruth Holmes was leading the choir.

Military career[edit]

At the age of 17, Hale dropped out of high school, left home, and 30 days later enlisted in the Marines.[4] Hale was stationed in Okinawa, Japan at Camp Schwab as part of the Material Readiness Battalion of the 3rd Force Service Support Group, which served as the supplier of ammunition to the majority of the Pacific. He served three years as an ammunition specialist, and was discharged in 1989. Hale said he joined the military because he "wanted to see if he was a man".[5]


Early career with 213[edit]

In 1990,[6] Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg,[7] and Warren G, formed a rap trio called 213.[6] They recorded their first demo in the back of the famed V.I.P. record store in Long Beach. The demo was later heard by Dr. Dre at a bachelor party.[8]

Solo career[edit]

Nate Dogg made his debut on The Chronic. Singing in what later became his trademark style, he was well received by fans and critics alike, and would go on to sign with Death Row Records in 1993. Nate Dogg was additionally featured on Snoop Dogg's 1993 album Doggystyle such as the track "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)". Nate Dogg was also featured on Mista Grimm's "Indosmoke" with Warren G. Then in 1994 he produced his first hit single "Regulate" with Warren G. Nate Dogg was also featured in many 2Pac releases, including his collaboration record Thug Life: Volume 1. Then in 1998 after a tumultuous time at Death Row Records he released another album. The double album was titled G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2 and was followed up in late 2001 with Music & Me on Elektra Records. Music & Me peaked at number three on the Billboard hip-hop charts in 2001.[9] After a number of delays and an original release date of April 2004, his self-titled album was released under the Affiliated Entertainment Group on June 3, 2008.[citation needed]

Television appearances[edit]

In 2002, Nate Dogg appeared on a celebrity episode of the Weakest Link, making it to the last three players before being eliminated by Xzibit and Young MC.[10]

Collaborations with other artists[edit]

Nate Dogg was well known for his collaborations with other artists, where he would usually perform the hook. As a featured artist, Nate Dogg charted on the Billboard Hot 100 sixteen times, and reached number one on the chart in 2003, when he was featured on 50 Cent's "21 Questions". According to Rolling Stone, along with 21 Questions, Nate Dogg's most successful collaborations include 2Pac's "All About U", Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode", Westside Connection's "Gangsta Nation", Mos Def's "Oh No", Fabolous' "Can't Deny It", Ludacris' "Area Codes", Kurupt's "Behind The Walls", Mark Ronson's "Ooh Wee", Houston's "I Like That", Eminem's "'Till I Collapse", "Never Enough", and "Shake That", and Mobb Deep's "Have a Party".[11]

Legal troubles[edit]

In the early 1990s, Nate Dogg was arrested and charged with two separate robberies: the Check Changers robbery in 1991 and the robbery of a San Pedro Taco Bell in 1994.[12][13] He faced a maximum of nearly eleven years in prison,[14] but was subsequently acquitted of both charges.[13][14]

In 1996, Nate Dogg was convicted of a drug-related offense in Los Angeles County.[15]

On June 17, 2000, Nate Dogg was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting his former girlfriend and setting fire to her mother's car in Lakewood. He was then arrested by a SWAT team at his home in Pomona. He was accused of kidnapping, domestic violence, making terrorist threats and arson.[16] He spent a night in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles before he was released on a $1 million bail posted by Dr. Dre.[17] These charges were later dismissed, but he faced jail time for a new charge, illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. An unmarked firearm was found in his home during the June 17 arrest.[15] He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, and was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.[18]

On April 12, 2002, Nate Dogg was arrested when he was stopped by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers outside of Kingman, Arizona, while traveling on a tour bus. He was charged with firearms-related and drug-related offenses after two pistols and four ounces of cannabis were found. Nate Dogg was booked into Mohave County Jail and subsequently released on a $3,500 bond.[19] Weapon charges against him were dropped as an exchange for a plea of guilty on a drug possession charge. Nate Dogg was subsequently sentenced to probation and community service. He was also ordered to attend drug counseling sessions in May 2002.[20]

In July 2006, Nate Dogg was arrested and charged with misdemeanor aggravated trespassing, telephone harassment, battery assault, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and violation of a restraining order. In March 20, 2008, Nate Dogg pleaded guilty to trespassing and battery and was ordered to complete a domestic violence treatment program, three years of probation, and was stripped of gun ownership rights for the next ten years.[21]

On June 23, 2008, Nate Dogg was arrested and charged with two felony counts of making criminal threats after allegedly sending threatening emails to his estranged wife,[22] and one count of stalking after allegedly chasing her by car on Interstate 405 in the previous month.[23] He initially pleaded not guilty to these charges,[23] which were eventually dropped in April 2009, because the alleged victim did not contact prosecutors in the case.[22]

Additionally, Nate Dogg had a conviction of driving under the influence of drugs.[23]

Health problems and death[edit]

Graffiti devoted to Nate Dogg on Solidarności Avenue in Warsaw (April 2012)

On December 19, 2007, Nate Dogg suffered a stroke, according to a coordinator from his recently formed gospel choir, Innate Praise.[24] He was released from the hospital on December 26 and was admitted to a medical rehabilitation facility to assist him in his recovery. On January 18, 2008, it was officially reported that the stroke had rendered the left side of his body paralyzed. Doctors believed there would be a full recovery, and his voice was not affected. On September 12, 2008, he suffered a second stroke, causing him to lose his voice and paralyzing him entirely.[25] Nate Dogg died on March 15, 2011, in Long Beach, California, at the age of 41.[2] On March 17, his attorney Mark Geragos confirmed that the cause of the death was from complications of multiple strokes.[2] He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach.[26]

In 2015, Nate Dogg's son Nathaniel Dwayne Hale Jr. released his own album Son of a G under the name Lil Nate Dogg.[27] His other son, Naijiel Hale, attended the University of Arizona to play football.[28]


Solo albums[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

During his career, Nate Dogg was nominated for four Grammy Awards.

Category Genre Song Year Result
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(with Eminem)
Rap "Shake That" 2007 Nominated
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(with Ludacris)
Rap "Area Codes" 2002 Nominated
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
(uncredited with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg)
Rap "The Next Episode" 2001 Nominated
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
(with Warren G)
Rap "Regulate" 1995 Nominated
Best R&B Album
(with Anderson .Paak) (as featuring artist)
R&B "What Can We Do? (feat. Nate Dogg)" 2020 Pending


  1. ^ Cartwright, Garth (March 16, 2011). "Nate Dogg obituary". The Guardian. London, England: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Perpetua, Matthew (March 15, 2011). "Rapper and Singer Nate Dogg Dead at 41". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media LLC. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick D.; Nelson, Valerie J. (March 17, 2011). "Nate Dogg dies at 41; West Coast rapper created the blend of singing-rapping known as G-funk". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tronc. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Joining the Ranks of Famous Marines". Retrieved December 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Arnold, Paul (May 28, 2012). "Soulja's Story: 10 Hip Hop Artists Who Served Their Country". Portland, Oregon. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Warren G". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Nate Dogg Biography, AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2006.
  8. ^ Ness, Jimmy (August 25, 2015). "Where Rhythm is Life & Life Is Rhythm: An Interview with Warren G". Passion of the Weiss. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Nate- Charts and Awards, AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2006
  10. ^ Perpetua, Matthew. "Nate Dogg's Best Guest Appearances". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "L.B. Rapper Nate Dogg Out On Bail In Robbery Charge" (Fee required). Press-Telegram. December 14, 1994. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Nate Dogg Acquitted Of '91 Robbery Charges" (Fee required). Press-Telegram. July 22, 1996. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "L.B. Rapper Suspected of Robbery" (Fee required). Press-Telegram. December 19, 1994. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Firearm charges dog another rapper". The Post and Courier. March 16, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  15. ^ "Nate Dogg arrested". Associated Press. June 16, 2000. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  16. ^ "Rapper Nate Dogg Charged on 5 Counts" (Fee required). Press-Telegram. July 15, 2000. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  17. ^ "Rapper Nate Dogg takes plea bargain". Press-Telegram. August 22, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  18. ^ Seckler, Jim (April 16, 2002). "Rap singer released on bond after drug, gun arrest locally". Kingman Daily Miner. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  19. ^ Callahan-Bever, Noah (May 28, 2002). "Nate Dogg Sentenced For Drug Possession". MTV News. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  20. ^ "Nate Dogg Pleads Guilty In Domestic Violence Charge". HipHopDX. March 27, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  21. ^ a b "Stalking charge dropped against Nate Dogg". Associated Press. April 16, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  22. ^ a b c "Nate Dogg Pleads Not Guilty to Making Threats, Stalking Estranged Wife" (Fee required). Long Beach Press-Telegram. July 17, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  23. ^ "Hannah Montana Contest Winner Apologizes For Fake Essay; Plus 'American Idol,' C-Murder, R.E.M., Birdman & More, In For The Record". MTV. January 4, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  24. ^ Jayson Rodriguez (January 18, 2008). Nate Dogg Paralyzed After Stroke; Manager Slams Coverage Of 911 Call, MTV. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
  25. ^ "Nathaniel Dwayne "Nate Dogg" Hale (1969 - 2011) - Find A Grave Memorial".
  26. ^ "Nate Dogg's son Lil Nate Dogg "Son Of A G" album out now".
  27. ^ "Hip-Hop Singer Nate Dogg's Son, Naijiel Hale, Commits to Arizona for Football (Video)". July 5, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2017.

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