Sunday, March 20, 2011


So, a little something different for the song of the day. The song is by one artist, while the history will be by another.

Last week the soulful Nate Dogg passed away. He was one of those singers that made appearances everywhere and always killed it with his singing, but never got a lot of support as a solo musician. I always wished he had gotten a little more love and would have been able to do a little experimenting with his singing. 

He started out in a group called 213 with Snoop Dogg and Warren G before being discovered by Dr. Dre and doing some hooks for Dre's 1992 classic, The Chronic. A couple of years later, in 1994,  he and Warren G would work together on the song 'Regulate' which ended up propelling both of their careers to new levels and earning them a Grammy nomination. Nate continued to do hooks for a wide range of artists and recorded a solo album to be released in 1996 by Death Row, due to legal problems though the album was not released until 1998. The album charted, but not very high. He recorded two more solo albums and countless more hooks before suffering a stroke in 2007. This stroke left his entire left side paralyzed. He suffered a second stroke in late 2008 and required physical therapy. A few more tracks featuring his voice were released in the following years, though I don't know when they were recorded originally. Last week he died from a heart failure and complications brought about by his strokes.

The song used today is Michael McDonald's 'I Keep Forgettin' which served as one of the main samples in 'Regulate.'

And just for easy memory/comparison sake, here is 'Regulate.'

And as a double bonus, here is Nate Dogg's song he recorded as a St. Ides commercial. You've got to give respect to anyone that can make a malt liquor add sound this smooth.

RIP Nate Dogg

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