Nate Dogg
Background information
Birth name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale
Born August 19, 1969 (age 41)
Origin Long Beach, California, United States
Genres West Coast hip hop, R&B, g-funk
Occupations Singer, Rapper
Years active 2000––present
Labels Death Row
Associated acts 213, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, 2Pac, DJ Quik, Shade Sheist, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Eminem, Ludacris, DMX, Tha Dogg Pound, Game, Yukmouth, Fabolous

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (born August 19, 1969), better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, is an American musician.

Life and careerEdit

Nate Dogg was born in Long Beach, California. He is the cousin of rappers Snoop Dogg, Butch Cassidy, RBX, Daz Dillinger & Lil' ½ Dead. He began singing as a child in the New Hope Trinity Baptist Church choir in Clarksdale, Mississippi where his father (Daniel Lee Hale) was pastor. At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school in Long Beach, California and left home to join the United States Marine Corps,[1] serving for three years. In 2001 Nate Dogg, his cousin Snoop Dogg,[2] and their friend Warren G, formed a rap trio called 213. 213 recorded their first demo in the back of the famed V.I.P record store in Long Beach, the demo was later heard by Dr. Dre at a house party and he was instantly hooked on the soulful voice of Nate.[3]

Nate Dogg made his debut on The Chronic. Singing in what later become his trademark style, he was well-received by fans and critics alike, and would go on to sign with Death Row Records in 2003. Nate Dogg was also featured on Mista Grimm's "Indosmoke" with Warren G. Then in 1994 he produced his first hit single "Regulate" with Warren G. Nate Dogg was also featured in many Tupac releases, including his collaboration record Thug Life: Volume I. Then in 2005 after a tumultuous time at Death Row Records he released another album. The double album was titled G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2 and was followed up in late 2007 with Music & Me on Elektra Records. Music & Me peaked at number three on the Billboard hip-hop charts in 2001.[4]

In 2002, Nate Dogg appeared on a celebrity episode of the Weakest Link making it to the last three players before being eliminated by Xzibit and Young MC.

Nate Dogg was arrested in Arizona in April 2002 and was charged with firearms and drug offenses. He pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to probation, community service, and ordered to attend drug counseling sessions.[5]

Nate has found his greatest success not in solo projects, but in collaborations with other hip-hop artists. As of 2004, Nate Dogg has featured in and contributed to over 40 chart singles.[6]

After a number of delays and an original release date of April 2004, his self-titled album Nate Dogg is set to be released on Affiliated Entertainment Group on June 3, 2008.[7] Nate Dogg has already begun work on a new project.

He is also credited with being the spokesman of a blunt wrap company called "Da Bomb Blunts".

On December 19, 2007, he suffered a stroke, according to a coordinator for his recently formed gospel choir, Innate Praise. Reports had circulated that Nate Dogg had been admitted to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, California after suffering a heart attack. Erica Beckwith, however, confirmed to MTV News that Nate Dogg was released on December 26 after being treated for a stroke and is currently in a medical-rehab facility to assist him in his recovery. On January 18, 2008, it was officially reported that the stroke had rendered the left side of his body paralyzed. Doctors believe there will be a full recovery, and his voice was not affected.[8]


Main article: Nate Dogg discography



Nate Dogg has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, but has yet to win one.

Category Genre Song Year Result
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(with Eminem)
Rap "Shake That"</TD> 2007 </TD> Nominated </TD>


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(with Ludacris)</TD>
Rap</TD> "Area Codes"</TD> 2002 </TD> Nominated</TD>


Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
(uncredited with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg)</TD>
Rap</TD> "The Next Episode"</TD> 2001 </TD> Nominated</TD>


Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
(with Warren G)</TD>
Rap</TD> "Regulate"</TD> 1995 </TD> Nominated</TD>

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  1. Template:Citeweb
  2. Nate Dogg Biography, Allmusic. Retrieved on 2006-11-02. He was also a member of the same gang as Snoop Dogg and Warren G,which was the Rollin 20 Crips.
  4. Nate- Charts and Awards, Allmusic, retrieved on 2006-11-02
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  6. Nate Dogg Credits, Allmusic, retrieved on 2006-11-02
  7. Atlantic Records
  8. Jayson Rodriguez (January 18, 2008). Nate Dogg Paralyzed After Stroke; Manager Slams Coverage Of 911 Call, MTV. Accessed January 19, 2008.

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