Even though he wasn't a "huge" name in hip-hop, pretty much everyone the least bit familiar with the genre has probably heard Nate Dogg at least once. It's a shame to lose someone at such a young age, especially when they had as gread of a voice as him.
Man, why wasnt this on the news?
R.I.P. Nate Dog
Because, surprisingly enough, not a lot of people outside of hip-hop fans know who he is (in my experience, at least). I was kind of baffled when people I talked to about it didn't know who I was talking about. A lot of people know his work, but don't really know him exactly.