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Remembering Rapper Nate Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Dwayne Hale

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Dwayne Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale was a singer and rapper. Hale was born in Long Beach, California on August 19, 1969 to unnamed parents. Hale grew up singing at Long Beach’s New Hope Baptist Church, where his father was the pastor. He graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Calvin Cordozar “Snoop Dogg” Broadus Jr., Hale’s cousin, and Warren “Warren G” Griffin II, a friend, also attended the school. The three later formed the rap group 213 based on the Los Angeles-Long Beach area code. Hale dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

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He was assigned to the Material Readiness Battalion of the 3rd Force Service Support Group at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, as an ammunition specialist. In 1989, Hale was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.

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A year later, in 1990, in Long Beach, California, 213 recorded a demo tape that was eventually heard by Andre Ronell “Dr. At a bachelor party, Dre” Wright. Because of the demo tape, Hale and Snoop Dogg signed with Death Row Records. Hale appeared on albums by Death Row artists such as Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992), Snoop Dogg Doggystyle (1993), and Tupac Shakur (2 Pac) All Eyez On Me (1996).

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Hale’s breakthrough came when he appeared on Warren G’s 1994 single “Regulate.” After selling over two million copies, the song was certified double platinum and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1995. While on Death Row Records, Hale did not release any solo hip hop albums. In 1998, he left the label.

Hale later signed with Dogg Foundation Records and released his debut album, G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 and 2, which featured the singles “Never Leave Me Alone,” “These Days,” and “Nobody Does It Better,” were moderately successful but did not sell 500,000 copies. Music and Me, Hale’s second studio album, was released in 2001 and performed better than his previous album but failed to sell 500,000 copies. In 2003, he released his final studio album, Nate Dogg, which included the single “Get Up,” but it failed to sell at least 500,000 copies.

Hale is best known for his deep singing voice and for appearing in the chorus of many other artists’ singles and albums, earning him the moniker “King of Hooks.” Despite his successful music career, Hale has been involved in numerous legal squabbles and suffered from drug addiction. He and other Death Row Records artists were involved in high-profile feuds with Ruthless Record label artists while on the label. These feuds involved the exchange of numerous insults on disk tracks, which heightened tensions between these musicians.

At one point, Hale got into a fight with Ruthless artists Andre DeSean “Dresta” Wicker and Arlandis “B.G. Knocc Out” Hinton (Now Al Hasan Naqiyy). The altercation took place during a video music shoot on a golf course, during which Hale was filmed hitting Dresta with a golf club.

Hale was also afflicted with health issues. He had two strokes in 2007 and 2008. Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Dwayne Hale, 41, died on March 15, 2011, in Long Beach, California, of complications from these strokes.

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