Snoop Dogg paid a glowing tribute to his late friend and rapper, Nate Dogg, by revealing a tattoo on his arm, which he did in his honor.
Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, apart from having their last names being similar, were also good friends and cousins. They go way back, being part of the Long Beach California rap trio, 213, alongside Warren G.
Nate Dogg, Warren G and Snoop Dogg attend Source Hip-Hop Music Awards on August 18, 1999 at the Pantages Theater | Photo: Getty Images
Until Nate Dogg's death in 2011, both rappers remained close to one another, and it was expected that Snoop Dogg found the former's death difficult to deal with.
Snoop Dogg drew a tattoo in honor of Nate Dogg after his death, and recalled that experience, by showcasing the tattoo on his Instagram page.
The tattoo features a drawing of Nate Dogg's face, along with the inscription, "All Doggs go to Heaven." In the caption to the post, the "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper wrote:
"@misterctoons Thanks for the tat years ago it's for life [emojis] .N. D Rip."
Nate Dogg died unexpectedly at the age of 41, on March 15, 2011, following health battles. The rapper suffered multiple strokes, which seriously affected his wellbeing, and ultimately led to his death.
He was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach, California, and nine years after, the late rapper received a new gravestone.
The gravestone was a great tribute to Nate Dogg, who was regarded as the "king of Hooks" for his lovely chorus inputs in major songs.
Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G of "213" during Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G Form Hip Hop Supergroup 213 at Millenium Hotel | Photo: Getty Images
Friends and family of the "Never Leave Me Alone" crooner gathered together to unveil the new tombstone at the cemetery in Long Beach.
The tombstone was designed by Tim Morris, who is reputed for creating the gravestones of late musical stars such as Eazy E of N.W.A. fame, and TLC's Lisa Lopez, famously known as "Left Eye."
The headstone featured Nate Dogg's pictures, along with lyrics from his song, "Music & Me," which was released in 2001. The cover of his debut album of 1998, "G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2," was also engraved on the stone.
The gravestone was a great tribute to Nate Dogg, who was regarded as the "king of Hooks" for his lovely chorus inputs in major songs, with one example being 50 Cent's hit jam, "21 Questions."
The tombstone had been in the works since September of 2019, after the late rapper's family contacted Morris, who is known on social media as Cemetery Tim, to design a befitting resting place for Nate Dogg. It was a job well done!