Long Beach native Nate Dogg passed away last night, and although he had been battling serious health problems after suffering from a massive stroke in December 2007 (he was left paralyzed on one side of his body, then was struck by a second stroke in September 2008), the news was a shock to everyone in the hip-hop world.
Nate Dogg released numerous solo albums, but he made a name for himself collaborating with just about every iconic hip-hop star. He was on Dr. Dre's classic album The Chronic; had a massive '90s hit with Warren G on "Regulate"; and stole the show on Mark Ronson's "Ooh Wee," which also featured Ghostface Killah.
When the news hit, hip-hop artists 50 Cent, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger and more posted tributes on Twitter to the man whose distinctive sound will always be remembered. Read them and watch their collaborations with Nate Dogg after the jump.
"We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met. I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day u put the g n g funk u put the 1 n 213 n u put yo stamp on evrybdy u ever didit wit.
"I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan. all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg!!"
"There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled.Glad we got to make history together. RT @SnoopDogg: RIP NATE DOGG"
"I lost a friend. Been here before. Tears. Memories. One day someone will lose 'US' as well. LIVING until that day comes is our only option. R.I.P. Nate Dogg. Why does it take Death to remind us about the importance of life ??? Cherish every moment cuz tomorrow he mite call your #."
"R.I.P. TO MY HOMEBOY NATE DOGG DPGC DOGG POUND GANGSTA 4 LIFE"
"I just landed nate dog is dead damn. GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P he meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv always been a fan of it."
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"I wrote the chorus to 21 questions I needed nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard."
"We love you Nate Dogg, it's never going to be the same."