Last night (November 30), Death Row Records consultant John Payne presented Nathaniel Hale, Jr. and Naijel Hale, the sons of the late, iconic silky, burly-voiced singer Nate Dogg, with a large, framed platinum plaque of the label’s many hit records. Inside the framing are the historic albums The Chronic, Doggystyle, Dogg Food, All Eyez On Me, as well as the soundtracks to Above The Rim, Gang Related, and Gridlock’d.
The four-time Grammy-nominee made his major-label debut on the song “Deeez Nuuuts” off the 1992 release The Chronic from Dr. Dre. Nate Dogg would go on to feature on Snoop Dogg‘s 1993 debut Doggystyle on the classic “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)”, before launching into superstardom on Warren G‘s iconic lead single “Regulate”.
Known as “The King Of Hooks”, Nate Dogg would become the music industry’s go-to singer for hit records. Before his untimely passing in 2011, the G-Funk crooner would collaborate with some of the most iconic and celebrated artists in music including 2Pac (“How Long Will They Mourn Me,”, “Skandalouz”), Tha Dogg Pound (“Let’s Play House”) Snoop Dogg & Xzibit (“Bitch Please”), Dr. Dre on (“Xxplosive”, “The Next Episode”), Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch (“Oh No”), Eminem (“‘Till I Collapse”, “Shake That”), Ludacris (“Area Codes”), 50 Cent (“21 Questions”), and several others.
Ice Cube said it best at the end of Westside Connection‘s 2003 “Gangsta Nation” track when he said, “Look, it ain’t a hit ’til Nate Dogg spit”.
Nate Dogg is still making history, as he’s been featured on the recent Fredwreck-produced track (“What Can We Do?”) from Anderson .Paak‘s Grammy Award-winning 2019 album Ventura.
Check out the images below of the presentation to Nate Dogg’s sons from Death Row Records from John Payne’s post on Instagram: