Nate Dogg: The hip-hop crooner's five standout collaborations

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A lot of my favorite songs wouldn’t be so if it weren’t for Nate Dogg, who passed last night. He wasn’t the best singer ever. But boy, Nate was necessary. Every track he blessed with his voice—monotone, melodious, and stern—became so much more intense. When he told us to “Lay Low,” you really felt like maybe staying inside was the best idea if you’ve crossed someone. He meant it. His tone and style was essential to Dr. Dre’s G-Funk era, which blended old school funk beats with rhymes that, at times, teetered on sinister.

Though Nate was also a wonderful fit on love songs, too—able to express his feelings without coming off soft. “I wrote the chorus to ‘21 Questions’,” 50 Cent said on Twitter hours ago of their collaboration on his 2003 hit. “I needed Nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard.” Hip-hop has lost its greatest hook man.

Here are some of my favorite Nate Dogg collabs.

Warren G. feat Nate Dogg, “Regulate”

50 Cent feat Nate Dogg, “21 Questions”

Dr. Dre feat. Nate Dogg, “The Next Episode”

Dr. Dre feat. Nate Dogg, “Xxplosive”

Ludacris feat. Nate Dogg, “Area Codes”

What are your favorite Nate Dogg tracks?

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  • MT

    “Regulate” is a masterpiece.
    Hip-hop as pure and delightful as it should be.
    RIP, G-child.

    • p;kawg

      G’s album dropped and Nate Dogg came on the scene…like it was yesterday. RIP Nate Dogg. You’ll be missed by many

      • p;kawg

        love love love “can’t deny it” and also “lay low” — his voice will definitely be missed!!!!

      • Jessie

        I love him and DoctorDating.net was amazing

    • tom

      RIP….just please and thank you that this crap music is gone….except eminem…love him

      • 24/7 Soldier

        Really?? You call Eminem’s whining and anger good??? Wow, shows where your expectations are, not very high…

      • bernard

        tom just shutup, the guy is dead and that th only thing thast came from your mind. when u have nothing to say write, just dont, write anythng.

      • Esch

        Odd comment there, tom, given that Em collaborated regularly with Nate Dogg and that those were some of his better songs. Who is it you think is on ” ‘Til I Collapse ” on the Eminem Show ?

      • Dave

        Agreed, thank God that music is gone, but Eminem needs to go too. A white guy that raps – even worse than the other rappers!

      • Nic

        Tom-I bet you’re really young.

      • Nic

        Crap music? You have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • LadyJNewYork

        Haley (eminem’s daughter) is that you? Because Eminem music is “Crap” too!!

      • Toria

        I agree with Bernard. If you can’t say something good about someone who has died don’t say anything.

      • fck u haters

        fck u

    • Neat Godd

      Never heard of him. By Monday, nobody will be talking about him.

      • Eric

        And no one will ever know of you toll.

      • LP

        It’s Monday. RIP Nate. Throw yourself off a bridge troll.

  • jazee

    Nobody Does it Better! My fav of all his song!!! R.I.P> Nate

  • Remy

    LOVE “The Next Episode”. Great musical talent that will be missed.

  • tonydelap

    This is crazy. I remember the day that Warren G’s album dropped and Nate Dogg came on the scene…like it was yesterday. RIP Nate Dogg. You’ll be missed by many

  • theLadyS

    Its a tie between “I Can’t Deny It” with Fab and “21 Questions” with 50 Cent. RIP Nate Dogg, u will be missed!

    • ericalina

      love love love “can’t deny it” and also “lay low” — his voice will definitely be missed!!!!

  • ben

    One of? He is the greatest hip-hop hook man. R.I.P. Nate. A true legend.

  • forever indebted

    Greatest ending line to a song EVER!! Smoke weed EVERYDAY!!!

  • josh

    he was one of my favorite singer.R I P.

  • Reena

    the local hip hop station just played a mix of all his collabirations took me back…to the good ol’ days! RIP My thoughts to his family and friends

    • etm

      Me too, these songs take me back to 8th grade. RIP. So sad for someone to die so young.

  • Matty

    “Oh No” with Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch is a close second to “Regulate”.

    • amnesia76

      I totally agree! Another favorite “Aint’t No Fun if My Homies Can’t Have None”

      • Dan Andreas

        Agreed. Ain’t No Fun might not just be the best Nate song, could be the best West Coast party hit of all time. Almost 20 years later and you still can’t leave a club without hearing it!

        For the moment though, I really like listening to “Never Leave Me Alone” with Snoop, and “Real Soon” with DPG. Listening to Nate now that he’s gone gives these particular hooks and verses deeper meanings

  • apk

    “When he told us to “Lay Low,” you really felt like maybe staying inside was the best idea if you’ve crossed someone. He meant it.” For real though. He said some cold stuff that people missed cuz he was singing. Regulate put him on the map and will always be a classic.

  • Jerome

    We mourn the passing of a true genius. Dogg was the embodiment of Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and all the rest for our time. In fact, he goes into the pantheon of the greats well above these admittedly accomplished brothers. His music will live forever and never be forgotten! It will echo down the halls of history to the very end.

    • Seth

      Awright let’s not overdo it…

      • TC

        Let’s TOTALLY overdo it…it’s the last time we will be able to for Nate D-O Double G

      • DLaX

        over do it to tha max, Nate is forever in us through his music, RIP big hommie

    • JJ

      True Genius? lol

  • shuggieo

    2Pac Feat.Thug Life-How Long Will They Mourn Me feels even more profound after today Nate haunting vocals was amazing on this track…the ultimate crooner wont be forgotten.

  • Dee Jones

    Seeing the list just brought back memories of how his vocals made a song stand out. I mean `21 Questions` and `Lay Low` classics! He had what you call a distinct voice.

  • LadyJNewYork

    Nate Dogg, was also an Army Vet from Desert Storm….God Bless his soul and family during this time. My favorite song with him is “21 Questions” by 50 cents.

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