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.