In my opinion nobody is seeing Nate when it comes to hooks.
But based on their run within the past three to four years I can see where someone would be justified in throwing Akon or T-Pain’s name in the mix, especially with Hip-Hop not being the best genre at remembering people once they’re out the public eye. Sadly, with Nate having been out of the mix due to health reasons the past few years, is all he’s done remembered by the casual fan?
Here’s Akon’s take on the issue:
“I mean it depends on what you consider to be a hook man,” Kon told XXLMag.com. ”Nate, I don’t think he’s any competition to what we’re doing right now. The West Coast, which was incredibly hot, there wasn’t nobody touching Nate Dogg at that time. I was around at that time. It wasn’t no getting through them doors.
“Nate had it locked down,” Kon continued. “But I think as time started changing, I slowly took over because I came with more than just a hook. I came and gave you the song itself. When you came to Akon for a record, you’ll get the record, you’ll the track, you’ll get the song and the concept for it.”But when it comes down to best hook man off all time, Kon gives it up to his own signee, T-Pain.
“If I had to give it personally to anybody, I would give it to T-Pain,” Kon revealed. ”I always looked at him as someone that can add a lot of color to someone’s record. I do it a lot of different ways, but I’m always thinking business when I’m doing it. Pain is doing it for the fun of it. I strategize differently. I do it according to what territories I need to take over. Pain does it just cause he loves to do it.”
Personally, I think Akon is welcome to believe whatever he wants. When the reels stop recording, neither of them are seeing Nate. Closing in on twenty years in the game, he’s been apart of countless classic songs to make up for his lesser output over the last few years. Sure Akon & T-Pain may produce and craft the whole song – but that’s the same reason why a lot of their songs sound the same. Nate lent his voice to West, Coast, Midwest & South Coasts song with equal aplomb, seamlessly blending into the track and not the other way around.
Now if Akon was talking about solo success as well, I might consider one of them over Nate. But based on the merits of just hooks, it’s Nate hands down to me.
I welcome your opinions.
Previously Posted — “As Told To” – DJ Steve1der’s Nate In ‘08 Mix