Story & Interview by Matthew Shack
((( Audio Interview Below ))) NSWF
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale is your homie whether you know him by that name or not.
As the artist Nate Dogg, his voice has sold over 65 million records. He is the singing voice of Hip-Hop...without peer and without competition.
He's helped a lot of folks get platinum plaques:
Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, 2Pac, Eminem, Xzibit, Dr. Dre, Ludacris, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, 50 Cent, Westside Connection, Lloyd Banks,Obie Trice, Jadakiss, Redman, Mobb Deep, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, Freeway, DJ Quik, The Game, Fabolous, Houston, I-20, Chingy, Eve... and TOO many others to name.
Nate is the most underappreciated force in Hip-Hop..but he's a force none the less.
The homie, Nate Dogg chops it up with The Flow's own, Matthew Shack.
TFM: Your father is a preacher, how has being a preacher's kid affected your music career?
Nate: First off, I started singing in church and that's probably because my dad was a pastor. It has a lot to do with who I am as a person...although my dad doesn't like my music too much. But, he had a lot to do with it as far as the musical part and as far as singing because,my mom sings too. He kicked me out the house so much, I had to start writing songs...my dad was strict.
TFM: I'm a P.K. myself and I understand the game, that's why I asked that question.
Nate: I had no friends...if they didn't go to church..they weren't my friends.
TFM: He was just looking out for you and doing what he felt he need to do as a father and a pastor.
Nate: I feel ya..but you gotta let em go out a 'lil bit. Preacher's kids stay the baddest cause the preacher's kid never got into nothing. When they get out there they trying to catch up. [Laughs]
TFM: [Laughs] You right about that..DAMN RIGHT!! You're known as the perennial hook master... I just recently read a quote that said, "It must be a single, if Nate Dogg is singing on it." Do you think that fact has hurt you when it comes down to your own songs as an artist?
Nate: I think it has a lot to do with it. They expect me to do hooks and they're not really interested in a whole in-depth album of me. But, it doesn't really bother me because I do it for the love of the music and I'm very satisfied with what is going on in my life, as far as that goes. I just decided to get paid very well for my hooks so, that works out well. [Laughs] I've made more on hooks than I have on any album.
TFM: Yeah, you're getting writers and mechanicals [rights] and the whole nine on that...so it's all beautiful...What's your favorite song that you've been on?
Nate: My favorite would have to be "Regulate" [Warren G.]because of the time of it and where Hip-Hop was and the way "Regulate" changed the game. I look back now and see how much it's changed. The whole rap game, the sound of it and everything.
TFM: The recent album that 213 put out "The Hard Way", I brought it straight out the gate ..you, Warren and Snoop got that chemistry. What was the problem with the lack of sales of the album? The album was bangin'!
Nate: The business was faulty on that album, the marketing shut down...everything just shut down and stopped in it's tracks... just the business got messed up. But, that's the way of the world ..I thought the album was bangin', too. We could of dropped another single and kept it pushin' .
TFM: Y'all gonna do it again...213 ?
Nate: I would love to... but we got to get the business right first. That TVT Records deal didn't turn out to well. I was in the studio the other day with Snoop..they going to Africa..I ain't going but, we stay in the lab...we could put out 213 right now, if we wanted to.
TFM: What's your motivation when you're writing a catchy hook?
Nate: I just do it,man. I honestly don't know what that it is. I think I'm blessed with a voice that now is a recognizable voice , I think I 'm just blessed to do it. I really don't have a mind set when I hear the beat it's whatever I think of. Never had writer's block..don't know what that is.
TFM: What you got going on, let us know what you got crackin'?
Nate: Well, I just signed to Aftermath. [Records]
TFM: Congratulations, folks!!
Nate: And, you're the first person I told.
TFM: Damn! ...Well, we got a scoop up in this bitch, then.
Nate: There it is! I actually sign the deal next Wednesday. It was suppose to be this week, but we had to go take care of the Proof thing. I've been trying to do an album with Dre since '93.
TFM: How do you feel about the Proof situation?
Nate: I love Proof..that was my partner.. but I honestly think that we as people we're TOO hard, man. We're too motherfuckin' hard ...we can't communicate as men. As black men, we don't know how to communicate..and all we know is "I ain't no punk." That's putting a lot of US in jail and even more of us in the grave. And, you have to put some of the blame on Proof because he had something to do with that. We need to put one word in our songs...CONSEQUENCES!
TFM: Wassup, with film and televison? When are you gonna do something?
Nate: I'm doing a movie, later this year ..it's a "stalking" movie.. can't go into detail about it. I'm an entertainer and a girl stalks me.
TFM: I feel ya...That "acting game" is more brutal than the damn "record game"!
Nate: Ah yeah..they crazy! But, I don't know if it's more brutal though.. This record business is brutal!... you gotta be on your P's and Q's in this record business..you have to be able to sustain. When you get that first lick and think your gonna be rich the rest of your life? You'll never make it again ...I'll tell something Dr. Dre told me like 8 years ago...you gotta make two fortunes in this buinsess..'cause you gonna fuck the first one, off!
((( Audio Interview Below ))) NSWF