The Hip-Hop community is mourning the loss of another rap legend in Nate Dogg, who was laid to rest today in his Long Beach hometown. Earlier today Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Dr Dre, Tha Dogg Pound, cousin Butch Cassidy, DJ Quik, and The Game along with close family members all bid farewell to the golden-voiced singer who laced more raps than Baja Fresh.
Nate's death is another example of rap music losing one of its forefathers. Nate, referred to by his family as Buddy Love, wasn't just a rapper/singer. He was a pioneer, the first to integrate his gospel singing background (that he and sister Pam came from while attending the New Hope Baptist Church) into Hip-Hop music that rappers including Eminem, Ludacris and Fabolous amongst others just had to have on their albums. Mack 10 said it best: "It ain't a hit until Nate Dogg spit."
Outside of the aforementioned MCs, the line of rappers who sought after the singer for years for one of his catchy hooks was nowhere to be found inside the Long Beach Cruise Terminal where Nate's funeral was held. Even more unfortunate, Nate Dogg's family is now left with a litany of medical bills to cover in the wake of his death.
However, longtime manager Rod McGrew looked towards a brighter side following his client and friends passing.
"He wanted to go to heaven and hang with his boys" McGrew said. "He loved Tupac. He recorded with him. He wanted to hang with Biggie. But the most important thing is that he can walk around heaven with his favorite artist of all time, Michael Jackson."
Nate's death is compared to another West Coast legend who's also no longer with us. Compton's crown prince, Eazy-E. Eazy passed on the 26th of March, the same day Nate was laid to rest years later.
Nate Dogg may be gone but he left behind a legacy of hits to last a lifetime. Today is day of celebration of life. Nathaniel Hale embarks on the second leg of his career, soon to be collaborating with Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, Christopher "Big Pun" Rios, Lamont "Big L" Coleman and Raymond "Freaky Tah" Rogers, with Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell on the ones and twos.
Rest in peace to Nate Dogg. One of the best to ever do it.