[youtube id=”IRwTb2kXkYU”]Nate Dogg had already created his own lane as the king of the hip-hop hook when he recorded the self-penned “One More Day.” His breakthrough performance two years earlier on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic announced his rich, booming voice as the addition needed to make a song whole. The Murder Was The Case soundtrack was his first time being featured as a lead singer. Daz Dillinger produced “One More Day” under his former moniker Dat Nigga Daz and Nate Dogg sang about growing up with violence and the gift of survival. Murder Was The Case was a short film from Snoop Dogg named after the single from his Doggystyle debut album. Nate Dogg was able to transport listeners into his tale about a tough childhood with the smoothness of a modern-day R&B griot. It would be four more years in 1998 when he saw the release of his first solo album.
Throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, Nate Dogg’s voice would complete songs with Eminem, Fabolous, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Eve and many other artists. He had three solo albums and scored a high-profile appearance in the movie Head Of State of which he also wrote and performed the theme song. Nate Dogg passed in 2011 after suffering multiple strokes. His death left a hole in hip-hop where his voice was the body and soul of the G-Funk era and added raw gospel and R&B influences to national rap and pop.