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Friday, April 20, 2012

12 O'Clock Track: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Daz, and Nate Dogg, "Deeez Nuuuts"

Posted By on 04.20.12 at 12:00 PM

Dr. Dres debut, the Chronic
  • Dr. Dre's debut, The Chronic
Coachella's first weekend wrapped up five days ago, and even now pretty much all I've heard about that gigantic festival is that Hologram Tupac showed up. (Yes, I know it wasn't really a hologram.) He's become quite the phenomenon this week, and reactions range from awe to discomfort to shock. For folks who followed the preliminary Coachella coverage last week, however, a holographic cameo shouldn't have been a big surprise. Multiple sources saw one coming, but they were expecting it to be of deceased Dogg Pound singer Nate Dogg, not Tupac.

Nate did get a tribute during Dre's epic Coachella set, but it was a series of photos projected behind the crew while they did "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)" from Doggystyle. A fitting tribute and a hot jam, no doubt, but it was lost in the mania for Hologram Tupac. In honor of the fallen but never forgotten Nate Dogg, today's 12 O'Clock Track is his first official recorded appearance: "Deeez Nuuutz," from Dr. Dre's 1992 classic, The Chronic.

You probably know Nate Dogg's smooth croon from his spots on classic tracks such as "Regulators" by Warren G and "The Next Episode" by Dr. Dre (he's the "smoke weed every day" guy). His catchy, instantly recognizable contributions made Nate the go-to hook guy for Death Row Records during its unstoppable run in the 90s. We lost him about a year ago—he died of a stroke at just 41.

"Deeez Nuuuts" is classic Dre. The entire crew is on the track, throwing clever verses around: Dre, Snoop, Daz, Warren G. Dre's undeniable funky production and the killer flow of the rappers make this a prime example of how these guys changed the game. That's a 23-year-old Nate Dogg singing the outro hook.

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