The entire music industry was in Austin, Texas over the weekend, taking part in the festivities of the annual SXSW music festival, during which Nate Dogg — who passed away days before — was honored.
Fellow weed smoker, Wiz Khalifa, paid tribute to the late west coast legend on Thursday (March 17). Then on Saturday (March 19), Nate’s longtime friends, Snoop Dogg and Warren G, honored their fallen friend during the annual Respect The West showcase.
Wearing memorial white tees, emblazoned with the picture of Nate Dogg on the front, Snoop and company ran through several Dogg Pound and Death Row classics like “Lay Low,” “The Next Episode”, and “21 Questions.”
At one point during their set, Snoop also memorialized Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., but explained that the loss of Nate Dogg was “a little more heart-wrenching.”
“That’s like my brother,” he told the crowd “Me and Nate were friends since 1986, so it’s a little bit deeper…This is somebody who started with me. We dreamed the same dream and our dreams came true, and now he’s no longer with us. So it’s a little hard to deal with, but in the spirit of Nate Dogg we’re dealing with it because we know he would want us to celebrate and have a good time. That’s the spirit he possessed.”
The night started with newcomers like Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and Demrick and vets like Planet Asia rocking the stage, but it ended with Nate’s old friends stealing the show.
The Dogg Pound (Daz and Kurupt) kicked things off with “Who Ride Wit Us,” before Snoop graced the stage for “Let’s Play House” and other songs. Then, Warren G finally made his way on stage for the classic “Ain’t No Fun.” G then took some time to crank out his solo hit, “This DJ,” as the set continued with each rapper sprinkling the crowd with classics — “New York, New York”, and even Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” — all of which the crowd sang along too.
At the end, Snoop, G and the DPG closed things out with Nate’s most memorable classics –“Regulate”, his ’90s breakout single with Warren G; and Dre’s “The Next Episode”, where the DJ cut the record for the last bar and let the crowd sing Nate’s “Hey, hey, hey, hey/ Smoke weed every day” to close out the evening.
It was definitely a fitting tribute for the late Nate Dogg. We’re sure he was looking down and smiling.
According to previous reports, donations were to be collected for the Nate Dogg Memorial Fund at the showcase. At press time, it’s unknown how much was donated.