Following the tragic news of Nate’s sudden passing, Em had this to say…
Nate’s voice in music will never be replaced. He helped create the blueprint for West Coast hip-hop, and I was one of the lucky people who had the privilege to work with him and the honor to have him as a friend. Nate will be sorely missed. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
We’re not sure how close Em and Nate were. They were obviously friends but whether this extended beyond a basic acquaintance through their collaborations as something more worthwhile, is not entirely known.
Speaking of those collaborations, let’s take a look at some of the work they did together…
Bitch Please II (feat. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit & Nate Dogg)
Their first track together is this classic sequel, to a rap classic. Em, Dre, Snoop and X tear the beat up with monster verses and Nate provides the indispensable hook that ties it all together.
‘Till I Collapse
Here we have not only Em and Nate’s greatest collaboration together, and not only one of Eminem’s greatest tracks but – one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever created.
This song has a militaristic quality about it thanks to Em’s classic rock-tinged, Queen-sampled production and furious flow. Nate’s hook serves as the marching chant that compels the track forward.
This was the last known collaboration (they may of made tracks together that were never released) between Em and Nate and it’s a club track. As usual though, Em isn’t one to conform to cliché and he puts his spin on it with some comical, cartoonish imagery. His Shady antics provide the track’s theme and Nate’s undeniably catchy harmonizing gives the track its underbelly of melody.
Also, check out the song “My Name” (2002) if you haven’t previously. It’s a diss track that appeared on Xzibit’s fourth album Man vs. Machine. It’s classic stuff.
So there we have it. Nate Dogg will remain a legend to hip-hop and I think Eminem’s statement on the man says it very well. This is of course an Eminem blog so I try not to stray too far from Eminem, it has to be related to him in some way or… it gets diluted and diluted and may as well be a general hip-hop blog and then… just a general news site (you see where I’m going?). But, Em was friends with Nate and they created some classic material together. So I think a post was permitted here. RIP Nate Dogg.