Nate Dogg has left a lasting impression on us with his sung choruses, capable of elegantly (or not, depending on the lyrics…) lifting up the songs of the world’s greatest rappers. Having learned to sing during his childhood in the choir of the New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach where his father was pastor, his first musical influences was Gospel. Later on, he discovered Soul music and was inspired by the greatest names such as Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder.
Nathaniel Hale was known for his deep and melodious voice, with a range between tenor and baritone, which earned him his nickname of King Of Hook. Having started his carrer at the beginning of the 90s in the 213 alongside Snoop Dogg and Warren G, it is in a gangsta and G-Funk style, sometimes very misogynistic, that he will distinguish himself. Thereafter, these featurings will become more and more varied, with notable East Coast artists.
Despite the fact that he could only release three solo albums and one album with 213, Nate Dogg’s voice remains engraved in our heads as one of the greatest crooners of rap. In his homage, we come back to his greatest choruses, excluding his tracks in solo or with the 213.
15. Lay Low, Snoop Dogg
Released on Tha Last Meal in 2000, Nate Dogg is not at the honor as usual on this album of Snoop, since Kokane realizes the vast majority of the choruses, and we can say that he does it with excellence. But on Lay Low, it is Nate Dogg who bewitches us with his magnificent Lay Low sung from the beginning of the song on a very West beat.
14. Never Enough, Eminem
This is probably not the most iconic chorus of the singer, but yet Nate Dogg drops an incredible chorus with a sizzling voice that fits perfectly with Dre’s production.
13. Been a Long Time, Xzibit
Once again, a chorus of Nate that we tend to forget on this Restless by Xzibit. However, Nate disembarks on the chorus with a honeyed voice, without forgetting his memorable hook.
12. Xxplosive, Dr. Dre
Could Dre’s return to the forefront be without a Nate chorus? NO. And even if he doesn’t have much space on this album, he proves that he doesn’t need much to be remembered. And if there is anyone who is remembered on Xxplosive, it is Nate with his memorable chorus.
11. All About U, 2Pac
Sweetness, melody, an enchanting voice, Nate is here for a sunny G-Funk as Death Row knows how to do it so well.
10. Oh No, Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch
Probably one of the most unlikely collaborations of the rap game. Even if the intention is slightly commercial, the meeting of two of the greatest lyricists of the East with the best crooner of the rap is a pleasure to see on the occasion of the compilation Lyricist Lounge Vol. 2 released by Rawkus.
9. How Long Will They Mourn Me, Thug Life
A beautifully Soul chorus on a Warren G production for a song as sad as the destiny of 2pac and Nate Dogg together…
8. Multiply, Xzibit
Even if Nate knows how to be melodious, he is also able to throw some very aggressive choruses. The contrast between the low voice and the high voice shows all the skill and the ability to change tessitura of the crooner.
7. Bitch Please, Snoop Dogg
A misogynistic song? Yes Nate must be there to close the obscenities by calling the girls with his Heeee Oh in a melodious voice.
6. 21 Questions, 50 Cent
Without doubt one of the most iconic choruses of Nate on the 2000s. Nate proves once again that he is the ultimate crooner for interplanetary hits.
5. Space Boogie, Kurupt
A song without chorus where Nate is invited, why do it? While Kurupt shines with what must be his sharpest rhymes with “I’m like fuck a bitch, and fuck you too” to start, Nate Dogg closes this track with an amazing verse.
4. The Next Episode, Dr. Dre
The “Smoke weed every day” at the end of this track is probably one of the most famous rimes of the singer, a phrase and a closer that still ignites the dance floors more than 20 years after its release.
3. Ain’t No Fun, Snoop Dogg
One of the tracks that brought Nate Dogg in the spotlight, and as surprising as it may seem, it’s not an official single. Probably because Nate, and the others, throw down some of the biggest insanities of their careers, which I can’t decently quote here. Even though Kurupt sends out a sharp verse, Nate is indeed the star with his mythical verse and chorus.
2. Area Codes, Ludacris
The mix of South and West has always worked very well overall. Ludacris is incredible with a memorable flow, Nate shines with his chorus, but especially with the closer. He gently slows down the rhythm to create the surprise by leaving with a catchy and dancing hook. Incredible!
1. Regulate, Warren G
Even if we could not consider it as a featuring since the two rappers signed the song together on the soundtrack Above The Rim, on Regulate, Nate appears well as a featured artist. You must have understood, I have a special attachment with this song, and I can only put it in first position. The exchange between the two rappers/singers, Warren’s dramatic tone matches perfectly with Nate’s rapping/singing. Classic.
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