It is a well publicized fact that Nate Dogg is a better “featured” rapper than he is on his own. That is, that he’s better when he’s on a song with the “featuring Nate Dogg” add on than when he’s the only rapper on a song. Further, having Nate Dogg featured on your song is a catapult to success. Here’s a short list of notable songs (and the primary artists) that have featured Nate Dogg over the years:
and lastly and most famously…
Now that doesn’t really go deep into it, but it should give you an idea of the Nate Dogg Effect.
These days Nate Dogg isn’t around as much, and recently I proclaimed that Akon is the heir apparent. That was until I realized that T-Pain has as much of a claim to the throne as Akon. These men have, in short time, built outstanding resumes. To wit:
And then there’s the bizarre coming together of both worlds, the song Bartender by T-Pain but featuring Akon. I can’t stand that song.
So here’s the question. Which of these two deserves the mantle of The Next Nate Dogg? It’s a close competition, but I think T-Pain might actually be ahead.
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