9 years after his father's death, NHale continues the legacy of Nate Dogg with Young OG
Updated: Jun 1
It's been 9 years today, since the passing of the legendary King of Hooks, Nate Dogg and it's still hard as a fan to embrace the fact that he is no longer with us. Yet while with us, he blessed up with so many hits and classics such as "Regulate" (with Warren G), "Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)" (with Snoop Dogg, Warren G & Tha Dogg Pound), "These Days", "Never Leave Me Alone", "Oh No" (with Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch), "Xxplosive" (with Dr. Dre, Six-Two & Kurupt), "Area Codes" (with Ludacris), "I Got Love", "Music & Me" "21 Questions" (with 50 Cent), and so much more. His personal close friends Snoop Dogg and Warren G used unheard Nate Dogg vocals on their latest projects, "Wintertime in June" on Snoop Dogg's I Wanna Thank album in 2019, and on all the songs in Warren G's Regulate G Funk Era Pt. II EP in 2015.
Even though he might be gone, Nate Dogg's musical spirit will always be with us, especially as a family affair as Nate Dogg's son Naijiel Hale aka NHale dropped his first project called Young OG which was released on February 5th, 2020. Before starting a musical career, NHale was a committed football player as a cornerback to the Washington Huskies back in 2014. Since the release of Young OG, NHale was getting exposure and support from Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDay, Dogg Pound member Daz Dillinger and he even performed at the House of Blues with Tha Dogg Pound in February. On Young OG, it's crazy how NHale sounds just like his father as you can realize in the hooks of the first two songs "Don't Know Why" and "Don't Cost". At first in "Don't Know Why", I thought the second bridge was Nate Dogg but after a couple of listens, I figured out it was NHale but the song felt like Nate Dogg and NHale were singing together just like when Goku did the Father & Son Kamehameha with Gohan. There's also in the album, a song called "I Can't Lie" featuring Namek, (this time it's not a pun about Dragon Ball, the artist's name is really Namek), where the song reminds me of Nate Dogg's song called "I Pledge Alliance" because the instrumental kind of have the same vibe. The song "Dolla Bill" was the first official single of Young OG with a video that was released in early February.
Other than sounding like his father, NHale does have his own style of singing and rapping where you can spot the differences between him and Nate, and he knows how to use his voice as a melody in the songs too. The young padawan inherited a big talent and he knows how to use it. On the album, the instrumentals really give you a California vibe and NHale raps about his stories with women and his life living in his neighborhood. So, don't forget to check out NHale's Young OG which is available on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and the project is 8 songs and 18 minutes long, you won't be disappointed. Nate Dogg is looking down being proud of his son, so check NHale's Young OG and also go reminisce yourself with Nate Dogg's music as today February 15th, 2020 marks the 9th year since we lost our OG. R.I.P. Nate Dogg.