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Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (born August 19, 1969), better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, is an Americanmarker R&B/hip hop artist and singer born in Long Beach, Californiamarker. 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, Mississippimarker where his father (Daniel Lee Hale) was pastor. At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school in Long Beach, Californiamarker and left home to join the United States Marine Corps, serving for three years. In 1991 Nate Dogg, his cousin Snoop Dogg, 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.

Nate Dogg made his debut on Dr. Dre's 1992 album, The Chronic. Singing in what would 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 1993. 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 1998 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 2001 with Music & Me on Elektra Records. Music & Me peaked at number three on the Billboard hip-hop charts in 2001.

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 has found his greatest success not in solo projects, but in collaborations with other hip-hop artists. One of Nate's biggest collaborations was with recording artist Shade Sheist on the #1 Billboard single "Where I Wanna Be" in 2001. Also Nate Dogg sang the hook for 50 Cent's "21 Questions", which became a #1 hit in 2003. As of 2004, Nate Dogg has featured in and contributed to over 60 chart singles.

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. 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 Pomonamarker, Californiamarker 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.

On September 15, 2008, reported Nate Dogg had suffered a second stroke.

On September 16, 2008, it was reported that Nate Dogg is using an assisted-breathing tube for comfort, although he can breathe on his own.




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" 2007 Nominated
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

(with Ludacris)
Rap "Area Codes" 2002 Nominated
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

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

(with Warren G)
Rap "Regulate" 1995 Nominated


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