News: Drake Clarifies Controversial Nate Dogg RIP Tweet

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 5:40PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Drake has come forward to provide clarification on his "It's easy to love me now" tweet for late rap artist Nate Dogg which left some fans in awry.

Drake said his remark was a direct quote from Nate Dogg's "21 Questions" chorus off 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin' 2003 debut.

"It's very sad to hear that we lost him. He contributed some phenomenal music to the world and I think it's just important to remember what he has done," said the Thank Me Later artist. Drake later added, ""I actually tweeted about it as soon as I heard. One of my favorite lyrics of his was on "21 Questions." It's when he said, 'It's easy to love me now.' I'm kind of at that point in my life where I am 24-years-old and everything has changed. It's easy to love me now for a lot of people that did not love me before." (RapFix)

Drake's tweet became public after speaking on Dogg's passing Tuesday evening.

"It's easy to love me now. RIP Nate Dogg.," he tweeted March 15th. (Drake's Twitter)

Dogg's passing not only affected Drake but also fellow West Coast rapper Game who released a tribute track yesterday.

Shortly after Nate Dogg's unexpected passing, Game pours out a little liquor for the fallen G-Funk pioneer on "All Doggs Go to Heaven (R.I.P. Nate Dogg)." On the emotional cut, the Compton rapper recalls some of his most cherished moments with Nate, while snippets from his famous hooks are sprinkled throughout the chorus. Listen to Game bare his soul on the heartfelt tribute. (Rap-Up)

While an official cause of death has not yet been revealed, Dogg's family believes it was in relation to medical complications.

Nate Dogg's family believes the singer's death was caused by complications stemming from the two strokes he suffered over the past couple of years ... this according to the singer's close friend andmanager Rod McGrew. McGrew tells TMZ ... Nate's death was unexpected ... since he was making significant progress in his recovery from the most recent stroke he suffered in 2008. According to McGrew ... Nate was "95% recovered from the first stroke in 2007" ... when the second stroke occurred in 2008 ... leaving Nate partially paralyzed and causing partial memory loss. But McGrew says Nate had "cognitively fully recovered" -- meaning he got his memory back and was fully alert and aware all the way up to his final days. (TMZ)

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