A UIGM Tribute: The Five Nate Dogg Songs You Can Dedicate To Your Lady
I had a real reaction when I heard about Nate Dogg’s death this morning. This is not to say I cried, or shed tears, but I did freeze up for a second. After all, I did grow up to the man’s music.
Like many who heard the news, I couldn’t believe it. Though I was more than aware of the strokes he suffered in 2007 and 2008, last I heard things weren’t getting any worse. If I can recall correctly, my former colleague at VIBE, Keith Murphy even did an interview with him in 2008. It was something small for VIBE, but I can’t really recall exactly what the story was, what I do remember is Keith telling me his condition was improving. Unfortunately, the man passed away last night at the young age of 41.
Of course, I immediately went into my catalog and dug up some of my favorite Nate Dogg records. In doing so, I had to chuckle to myself as I bobbed my head and sang along. If there’s one thing I have to give props to Nate Dogg for, it was the way he sang some of the lewdest, harshest lyrics about women and made them sound so, well, nice. Nate Dogg, for better or for worse, was one of the rudest singers ever, which may make a tribute to him sound like a smoothed-out playlist of woman bashing.
But every now and then, Nate Dogg would sing something a bit more female friendly. In honor of hip-hop’s greatest singer and his unfortunate passing, a list of the five Nate Dogg sounds a man can play and sing along to (if he dares) for his lady.
“Never Leave Me Alone” By Nate Dogg feat. Snoop Dogg
This has always been one of my favorite Nate Dogg records. Nate sings from the perspective of a man who has seen it all, done it all, and if he wanted to, can continue to do it all by himself, but he’d much rather not. This song isn’t about wanting a woman so much as it is about needing a woman.
“21 Questions” By 50 Cent feat. Nate Dogg
Want to know how down your woman is for you? Just ask her the questions Nate Dogg sings in the hook. Could you leave me on a bus?!?!?!?! Ask your girl that question. If she doesn’t hesitate to say “Yes”, she’s a keeper. If she even flinches, drop her.
“So Fly” By 213 (Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Warren G)
Most times when a man gets his heart broken or has a woman in his life who did him wrong, he attacks her. Not on this record. Instead of bad-mouthing a woman with whom he can’t make it work, Nate Dogg sounds as though his breakup was bittersweet, a move he didn’t want to make but was forced to. Sing this for the woman who failed to recognize a good thing when it was staring her in the face.
“It’s Goin’ Down Tonight” By Nate Dogg feat. Isaac Reese
A little known jam from Nate Dogg’s G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2 album. This is for the man who is trying to send his special lady a simple message.
“Brown Skin” By Nate Dogg
Song title aside, “Brown Skin” is a perfect song for women of all colors and shades if you take the time to listen to the lyrics. Sure the hook is more appropriate for the chocolate-complected women of the world, but the verses themselves are made for any and all the good women in the world. To wit: I used to bump this in the VIBE offices, during my first run there and another co-worker of mine, ‘Scav as we called him, one day asked me to send him this song. I don’t know what kind of women Scav dated, but I know he himself was a white dude from Jersey and once he had the song, he put it on repeat too. Men play this song for that special woman in your life. Even if she’s not “brown skin”, I’m sure you’ll find the lyrics apply to her. Below, a sampling from verse two:
With you there are no games
I’m gonna love you all my days
But if I do make a mistake
Pleeeaase, girl don’t go
And even though I fall,
I’ll still give you my aaaaallllll,
And I’ll answer every call
BONUS: My first piece for NPR is fittingly about Nate Dogg [Remembering Hip Hop’s Hook Man]
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