Nate Dogg was a staple in hip-hop for over a decade before he passed away. The west coast vocalist sang some of the biggest choruses in music earning him the title King of Hooks by many. He and his cousin Snoop Dogg started off in a group with friend Warren G. Once they found mainstream success, Nate went on to sing hooks for several other notable artist from 50 Cent to Eminem, Dr Dre, Ludacris and more. Few have had his level of impact, but according to cousin Snoop Dogg one artist has come close. Fellow LA vocalist Ty Dolla Sign has had a trajectory much like Nate Dogg’s, so much so Snoop named him the new Nate. Unfortunately Nate Dogg’s son does not agree.
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale was born on August 19, 1969, in Long Beach, California. He grew up singing in church and later dropped out of high school to join the marines. In 1990 Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Warren G came together and formed a rap trio called 213. They recorded their first mixtape in the back of the famed V.I.P. Record Store in Long Beach. The demo was later heard by Dr. Dre at his bachelor party.
Nate later signed to Death Row records and was a fixture in 90’s west coast rap. In the early 00’s his career saw new heights thanks to hit records like “21 Questions” and “Area Codes”. He would pass away in 2011 due to heart failure at the age of 47.
Snoop Dogg would later go on to declare Ty Dolla Sign the new Nate Dogg after he took went on to become a prominent hook singer. Speaking on the comparisons, Ty said “I feel blessed, I feel honored,” he told Power 106. “Nate Dogg was carrying a huge torch and he passed it down. I just talked to my other homie, and he told me he talked to Snoop on his birthday, and Snoop said I was the reincarnation of Nate Dogg. When I heard that, I was like, alright, Snoop saying it? That means everything. Like I said, it’s an honor and I feel blessed to carry that torch. It’ll be passed on again. I just encourage for the next artist out there, be yourself—be a one of one.”
Nate’s son Naijiel Hale was not happy and took to instagram to respectfully refute the idea that Ty was the new Nate. “Coach Snoop can say what he want cause he the king, but he gone see. I can disagree cause that’s my daddy. I can prove the disagreement and still come correct,” he continued. “For the niggas in the back that don’t got a voice like this… shut yo old asses up.”
Its not the first time he’s taken issue with Uncle Snoop, he also called him out in the past for not inviting him or his family to a screening for documentary about Nate Dogg.