Remembering Nate Dogg's Smooth Soul Vocals

Submitted by notoriousclassics on Thu, 08/19/2021 - 15:48
Nate Dogg

There was a time when if you were a hip hop producer with a song in need of a voice for a chorus or hook, your first order of business was to see whether Nate Dogg was available. Born Aug. 19, 1969, Nate Dogg was featured on tracks by the likes of Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 2Pac and others - stellar company, to be sure. His smooth singing was his trademark; whenever you heard it, you knew that cut was a hit. There was no doubt.

Though his time in this life was short (he died in 2011, at the age of 41), Nate Dogg left a trail of such hits, a legacy few in the game can or will ever match. His was a unique voice, a combination of gospel influences and the forward-looking R&B of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White - all sources Nate Dogg readily admitted.

Let’s remember some of those terrific hits, made all the more special by the presence and voice of Nate Dogg.

“Regulate” (Warren G feat. Nate Dogg): The track that was everywhere in 1994, blasting out of clubs and cars and radios the nation over. Nate Dogg narrates the action, Warren G lays down the smooth flow, while a Michael McDonald sample (of all things) holds the whole thing together. Classic stuff.

READ MORE: April 1994: Warren G and Nate Dogg "Regulate" the Charts

"The Next Episode" (Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Nate Dogg): Dre’s The Chronic put West Coast hip hop firmly in the mainstream; his second album 2001 reinforced that status, if anyone was skeptical of it. Here, Nate Dogg bats cleanup after Snoop, Dre and Kurupt get their verses in; by the time he’s done, there’s nothing left to say.

"Multiply" (Xzibit feat. Nate Dogg): Some of Nate Dogg’s most enjoyable collaborations were with Xzibit, and this one shows you why. It’s a bass-heavy banger, and Nate Dogg goes low on the chorus, getting deep into that low vocal register to drive the refrain.

"Shake That" (Eminem feat. Nate Dogg): Stripper anthem or really bad come-on: you decide.

"Have a Party" (Mobb Deep feat. 50 Cent and Nate Dogg): G-Unit meets The Infamous, with Nate Dogg on the chorus? The title gives it away - it’s a party, and even though this track came out in ‘06, you could still throw it into the mix today and get the room moving.