Before T-Pain, Akon or Anderson .Paak, there was Nate Dogg. The original hook-killer became a staple in the West Coast and went on to influence generations that came after his passing. The world will never see another Nate Dogg, however, it appears that we will once again hear him in Anderson .Paak’s upcoming album, Ventura. The highly-anticipated album is set to drop on April 12th, which will follow .Paak’s critically-acclaimed, Oxnard.
During a recent interview with Beats 1, the Aftermath artist explained the importance of obtaining a Nate hook. “It means the world. It’s just as important to have that as it is to be working with Dr. Dre, to have worked with Snoop,” he says. “These are the men that pretty much molded my whole adolescence and pre-teens.”
.Paak continued by saying how he’s been influenced by the late G-Funk star and how he obtained the feature.
“There was a time where every single had Nate Dogg. It was just like you had to have him on it for it to be a hit song. He’s one of my biggest influences,” he said. “It was just so awesome to be able to get the song with him, Fredwreck, the producer who produced so much Snoop and Dogg Pound and so much stuff with Dre on the Chronic and 2001. He had a bunch of Nate Dogg songs that he did before he died. This one in particular was one he really felt like we could use for my album.”
Check out Anderson .Paak’s album cover and track list below: