West Coast rapper Warren G recently reflected on the passing of longtime collaborator and friend Nate Dogg and revealed his previous prediction that the hip-hop crooner would have made a music comeback despite health complications.
Although Nate’s health experienced a steady decline since 2008, Warren believed the singer was strong enough to make a comeback later down the road.
“Luther Vandross did it and he had two strokes – maybe three – and he was able to do it,” Warren reasoned in an interview. “I know that Nate would’ve gotten back on the mic. He was a strong cat. He was gearing more towards gospel. That’s what he was going more towards when he had the stroke. He has a choir that he put together.” (All Hip Hop)
Last month, Warren G dropped his “This Is Dedicated to You” Nate Dogg tribute record.
“It’s a record just to let everybody know how I felt and what I was going through during the time he was in the home and having therapy, because everybody would ask what was up with Nate,” says Warren G. “I didn’t want to tell them [too much] just for the sake of his family and his privacy. I couldn’t tell them the situation, but he was progressing, so I’d always say that he was progressing and we hoped to get him back up on his feet soon. So I did the record just to let everybody know what was going on with my homeboy.” (RapFix)
Following his death, rap newcomer YG told SOHH about his relationship with Nate’s son.
“I’m a big fan of Nate Dogg,” YG told SOHH. “Nate Dogg’s son is like my little brother’s homeboy, we’re cool. So I’m gonna do something for him and when he passed away, I tweeted, “Rest In Peace Nate Dogg” a couple times and everybody re-tweeted it. I grew up listening to Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, the whole 213. Nate Dogg is a f*cking legend. And that sh*t is f*cked up but it’s life. I’ve known Nate’s son for about two years or so. I used to stay in these apartments out in Long Beach and his son used to stay out over there. He was real cool with my little brother. So I’ve known him for about two years.” (SOHH)
In late March, a funeral was held in the memory of Nate Dogg.
On a dark and damp Saturday morning (March 26), thousands of family, friends and fans turned out for one last show from their hero, rap legend Nate Dogg, who was laid to rest in his hometown of Long Beach. Inside the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, lights shined down on the wooden coffin adorned with red and white flowers. Two jumbo screens on opposite sides of his casket flashed six different photos of the singer from a childhood boy, when he was known to family as “Buddy,” to the platinum singer known to the world as Nate Dogg. West Coast rap artists including Dr. Dre, Game, DJ Quik, Mack-10 and WC, DJ Pooh, Battlecat and others were on hand to pay their respects to the singer with platinum vocal chords. (MTV)
Check out Warren G’s “This Is Dedicated To You” down below: