R.I.P. Nate Dogg, 41, G-Funk legend

Cause of death currently unknown

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March 16, 2011|By Wesley Case

Sad news out of Long Beach, Calif. this morning: Nate Dogg (born Nathaniel Hale) died Tuesday at 41. The cause of death is unknown, but Nate has had recent health problems (a stroke in 2007, another in 2008).

If you're like me, you're not a Nate Dogg historian, but you're well aware that California's G-Funk era would be much weaker, with less soul and personality, without the ice cold croon of Nate Dogg. Along with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound and more, Nate was an integral voice in crafting a defining time in rap and pop music.

While "Regulate" (with Warren G) will undoubtedly serve as Nate's hallmark, his presence on a wide-range of rap songs should not be forgotten. Dan Weiss at the Village Voice put together a fine tribute playlist this morning, so I'll point you in that direction to brush up. And I'll end my inadequate remembrance with my all-time favorite Nate Dogg feature:

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