Some sad news to report tonight on the passing of another hip-hop legend - Nathaniel D. Hale, better known to many as Nate Dogg. Confirmation of his passing late Tuesday evening comes from both the Long Beach Press Telegram and NBC Los Angeles. The Long Beach, California rap star was only 41 years old, but had suffered two severe strokes in 2007 and 2008 that undoubtedly shortened his life. Fans will remember him as the gravelly voiced and soulful singer on a plethora of G-Funk classics from Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode" to Warren G's "Regulate" among MANY others. We've included the latter video below. Our condolences to his family, friends and numerous fans around the world. R.I.P. Nate Dogg.
Reggae Stars Cover Their Top Tracks from Reggae Soul Icon
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Reggae stars pay homage to Beres Hammond, the godfather of reggae soul, in the ultimate way as they cover his songs in My Favorite Beres Hammond Songs, a double-disc album available from VP Records on April 26, 2011. Spanning over 30 years of recording soulful reggae music in his signature smoky-sweet baritone, Hammond's catalog is filled with hits for the picking. Now reggae and dancehall stars honor his legacy by putting their touch on his classics.
The 23-track compilation features the talents of Jah Cure,Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Tessanne Chin, Marcia Griffiths and Nadine Sutherland, just to name a few. The project is the brainchild of acclaimed reggae producer and longtime Beres Hammond collaborator, Donovan Germain, who composed the covers at his own studio at Penthouse Records in Jamaica.
Some of Beres' biggest hits are covered on this definitive collection, including "Putting Up Resistance," "Tempted To Touch," and "No Disturb Sign," which appears twice with a dancehall remix featuring Assassin. Beres himself also participates with "Fire & Ice," staying in the mix as the various contributing artists carry his songs to different and perhaps even new ears.
Beres Hammond has always been covered by musicians in and out of the genre. Now with this official compilation from some of the artists he has influenced, fans can get a new take, and taste, of his signature sounds.
Step Aside - Tessanne Chin Love From A Distance - Lukie D I'm So In Love - Singing Melody Groovy Little Thing - Tarrus Riley Irie & Mello - Nikki Burt Black Beauty - Duane Stephenson Putting Up Resistance - Sherieta Full Attention - Stevie Face Love Means Never To Say You're Sorry - Cameal Davis Double Trouble - Romain Virgo No Disturb Sign - Alaine
Emptiness - Jah Cure Tempted To Touch - Busy Signal Reggae Calling - Marcia Griffiths Freedom - Torch Got To Get Away - Chevaughn One Step Ahead - Nadine Sutherland If Only You Knew - Hezron Preacher Man - A. J. Brown Lovely Day - Tony Curtis What One Dance Can Do/She Loves Me Now/ Come Back Home (Medley) - Richie Stephens and Niquet Goldson Fire & Ice - Beres Hammond No Disturb Sign (Remix) - Alaine and Assassin
Photos: Far East Movement & Snoop Dogg - "If I Was You (OMG)"
March 14, 2011 - Platinum recording group Far East Movement recently linked up with Snoop Dogg at La Cita, a local bar they frequent in their Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood, to film the music video for 'If I Was You (OMG)' off their debut album Free Wired (Cherry Tree/Interscope). The music video, an LA electro and OG westcoast party mash-up, will premiere on March 24th.
The free wired electro pop quartet is currently overseas opening up for Rihanna on the LOUD tour.
They will return to the US next month to play at college campuses across the country through May 2011.
Far East Movement's previous two singles 'Rocketeer' and 'Like A G6' are both certified platinum smash's selling over 1 million and 3.5 million copies to date respectively.