Monday, March 21st, 2011

This week, The Singles Jukebox pays tribute to the late Nate Dogg by reviewing 15 songs from his back catalogue.

Why? Well, looking at yr modern pop today, the guest artist credit is bloody everywhere. The past five or six years have been good for Ft. T-Pain, Ft. Lil Wayne, Ft. Drake, Ft. Nicki Minaj, Ft. David Guetta, Ft. OneRepublic and their ilk. Over the past couple of years, we’ve reviewed oodles (I tried counting, then gave up at around 70) of singles that have had people cut-and-pasted into choruses, before choruses, after choruses, under choruses and so forth, hoping to give the illusion that the lead artist is worth a stuff, or that the guest artist is very much someone to look out for, or that either one of the artists has a fantastic ear for new talent or a well awesome record collection.

Nate Dogg became one of the first people to make a solid living guesting on other people’s tracks, but the thing is, when Nate Dogg did it, it felt somehow… better. Nate Dogg was the hook singer’s hook singer, the special guest par excellence. Nate was there not because his solo career needed a nudge, not because he had a line of trousers to promote, not because he felt the need to go ramming his ego down the throat of the global listening public – no, Nate was there because Nate Dogg could sing the ever-loving fuck out of a hook, and he was better at it than most everyone else.

Over the next week, we look at 15 of the biggest and most important tracks from Nate’s career, ranging from his early days as the smooth sound of gangsta through to his own solo work and his collaborations with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. You’re probably going to be pissed off with some of our choices and some of our omissions – but then, the feller left us with an awful lot to choose from. We begin today with Nate’s appearances on three of the biggest hip-hop albums of the 1990s, with our first post going up inside the next hour. We hope you enjoy it.


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