Nate Dogg laid to rest, Dr. Dre, Game, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg & Warren G pay tribute

Rap legend Nate Dogg was laid to rest on Saturday March 26 morning by fans, family and friends in Long Beach, California.

Following the public wake the day before, West Coast rap artists Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Game, Xzibit and others paid homage to the king of the rap hook, real name Nathaniel Hale after he passed away earlier this month after suffering multiple health complications as a result of numerous strokes in the past few years.

In an emotional tribute to his long time friend, Snoop recalled,”1986, Poly High School, that’s where we connected for the first time. We didn’t know each other, but the music connected us. We built a brotherhood, a friendship.”

He continued his moving tribute, “He was a loving caring individual. If you listen to his music, he took church melodies and flipped it with hip-hop. I’m so honoured, so happy that you gave me the opportunity, God, to know Nate Dogg. I want to stand here and cry, but I have to have the strength for you Nate Dogg. It’s 213, DPG for life.”

Amongst others that paid loving tributes to their dear friend, included rapper Kurupt who said Nate was the father figure who raised with.

Long term manager Rod McGrew, who was with Nate throughout his music career and continued until his last days thanked Dr. Dre and Eminem, Snoop, Warren G and Xzibit, for supporting the family through the past several days.

“The last three years were unbelievable. He didn’t give up. He just had a talk with God and gave up. Two hours before that he was fine.

“He wanted to go to heaven and hang with his boys. He loved Tupac. He recorded with him. He wanted to hang with Biggie. But the most important thing is that he can walk around heaven with his favourite artist of all time, Michael Jackson.”

Warren G, the third member of the legendary 213 somberly spoke of his adoration for Nate; “He stayed down with me from the bottom to the top. I didn’t ever think I would have to sit at a funeral for one of my dogs. All I can say is that was my friend, me him and Snoop was 213 from the balls to the walls. The music industry lost an incredible artist.”

Warren G and Snoop put together this video in tribute to Nate Dogg, entitled Nobody Does It Better.

Sleep easy, big homie.

[Source: MTV; TMZ]