'I Got Love'
Nate Dogg was always known best as a collaborator and sidekick. Often lost in that image was his success as a solo artist. 'I Got Love' was the lead single off his second record, 'Music and Me,' and hit No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in late 2001. It found Nate Dogg exploring his softer side, offering shout-outs and love to family and friends before returning to comfortable territory where he reminded listeners of his jewelry collection, and the fact that he always carries a gun.
Ludacris Feat. Nate Dogg
This single was featured on the 'Rush Hour 2' soundtrack in 2001, and released on Ludacris' sophomore record, 'Word of Mouf,' later that year. The rapper rattles off over 40 area codes where he knows lovers, and riffs on his prowess. Nate Dogg is clearly here for his singing ability, which provides strong complement to Ludacris' clean voice. The single charted at No. 24 on the Billboard Top 100, and rose to No. 7 on the Hot Rap Singles list.
Eminem Feat. Nate Dogg
This single was one of three new songs Eminem released on his 2005 greatest hits record, 'Curtain Call,' and was a departure from the rapper's usual mining of his tumultuous and abusive relationships. The song featured Nate Dogg strolling with Eminem, as the duo visited strip clubs and attempted to seduce women. It was Nate Dogg's fourth appearance on an Eminem record, and while in the past he had simply provided a refrain or two, he stepped out here as a featured performer. The song hit No. 6 on Billboard's Top 100.
'I Like That'
Houston Feat. Chingy, Nate Dogg & I-20
'I Like That' was the breakout and, sadly, only hit for the rapper Houston, who soon after suffered a nervous breakdown while on drugs. The 2004 single, off the rapper's debut album, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It's a club anthem that features Nate Dogg talking about what he can do best, which is jump start a party. What's most compelling is his delivery. Amid the sharp sounds of background shouts and jittery synths that came to define this kind of song for male rappers, Nate Dogg practically lays down a ballad with his mellow, focused lines.
'Never Leave Me Alone' Feat. Snoop Dogg
'Never Leave Me Alone,' one of Nate Dogg's first singles, is a sprawling, classic-sounding R&B jam. The narrative focuses on an imprisoned man wishing he could be with his wife and baby. It's about losing love when you can't resist your inner urges and true nature; the regret and complications that follow; and struggling to become a man. It peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 1996, and was included on Nate Dogg's 1998 debut full-length 'G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2.'
Westside Connection Feat. Nate Dogg
"It must be a single, with Nate Dogg singing on it," rhymed Ice Cube's rap trio Westside Connection on the 2003 hit 'Gangsta Nation.' Nate performed the hook, which dealt with the difficulties of the gangsta lifestyle: "This day right here is really rough / These girls out here about the bucks / These fools out here afraid to bust / I have no fear, afraid of what?"
'Nobody Does It Better' Feat. Warren G
Despite signing a deal in 1993, Nate's debut album didn't see a release until 1998. By that time, he had enough material for a 31-track double-album, 'G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2.' The record included 'Nobody Does it Better,' a Top 20 hit on which Nate showed off his soulful side while bringing hip-hop levels of braggadocio to a smooth R&B tune.
'The Next Episode'
Dr. Dre Feat. Snoop Dogg, Nate Dog and Kurupt
'The Next Episode' reunited Nate with his Death Row Records cohorts Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Nate performed the anchor verse, warning the haters to back off and leaving listeners with the command, "Smoke weed everyday." Taken from Dre's '2001' album, the song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Group but lost to another Dre song, 'Forgot About Dre.'
50 Cent Feat. Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg scored his only No. 1 single with this song from 50 Cent's 2003 debut 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'.' Nate sang the chorus, asking a couple of the song's 21 questions: "Girl, it's easy to love me now / Would you love me if I was down and out? / Would you still have love for me?"
Warren G. Feat. Nate Dogg
Built around an epic rhythm sample from Michael McDonald's 1982 hit 'I Keep Forgettin,' 'Regulate' became one of the most memorable tracks of 1994. Nate provided the vocal interludes to complement Warren G's laid-back flow on the song from the 'Above the Rim' soundtrack. 'Regulate' got to No. 2, making it one of the biggest hit of Nate's career and our choice as the top Nate Dogg song of all time.