*Nate Dogg’s estate has finally been settled.
After the Hip Hop singer transitioned, he left behind his legacy in both music and money.
According to reports, the new executors of the estate were originally named: his widow, LaToya Calvin and his mother, Ruth Homes.
But the decision didn’t come without consequences.
TMZ says Nate’s children weren’t happy, griping “the women were only in it for selfish, money-grubbing reasons and had no intention of dividing the goods fairly.”
But after a bit of a fight, the ladies both withdrew their titles to avoid conflict with the children. Now all is well again.
In other news, a posthumous album is on its way called “Nate Dogg: It’s a Wonderful Life,” a project of all of his unreleased material with collaborations with Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige and Jay Z.
*Nate Dogg’s kids are not trying to have their grandmother or stepmother in charge of their late father’s estate, his daughter told TMZ.
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The singer died in 2011 without a will, so his wife Latoya Calvin took charge. His kids didn’t agree and asked the court to nominate an attorney named Alex Borden instead — but a judge ruled against it.
Latoya filed new legal docs this week, according to TMZ, requesting Nate’s mother, Ruth Holmes, also be named as co-administrator of his estate … a move that does not sit well with Nate’s children.
Nate’s daughter, Aundrane Hale, tells TMZ her grandmother is only involved in the filing for the money, saying, “Ruth doesn’t have my best interest or the interest of my brothers and sisters.”
Aundrane says that if Latoya and Ruth are the co-administrators, they won’t distribute any money to the kids. She says Latoya “didn’t even show up to Nate’s funeral” and says that Ruth “was never a grandmother” and has withheld money in the past.
A judge has yet to rule.
*A close associate of deceased rapper Nate Dogg says the former singer’s close friends in the industry abandoned him when he needed the help the most.
TMZ is reporting that David Michery, who was named estate owner and is a record label owner, was put on the hook for the $300,000 in medical bills Nate Dogg left behind.
Michery claims that now he is forced to pay this when many of Nate’s former rapper friends pledged support, but haven’t contributed anything.
“I was the only person who would come forward because I didn’t want him to die. Me and Nate have 20 years history together and I did what everyone should have done and tried to save his life … not let him get kicked out in the streets and die.”
He said he does not regret taking on Nate’s financial bill. Warren G responded to the allegation saying he did all he could do for Nate, including helping him financially.
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(Gilbert 'Gil' Scott Heron passed on May 27 of this year. He's one of the most profound poets and musicians of our time, and helped build the soundtrack of the civil rights and black power movement of the 70s. He's best known for his poetic song 'The Revolution Will Not be Televised.')
*Every year, we lose members of the African American family that have been instrumental and encouraging to our lives.
Those that have used their talents to increase our lives are worthy of remembrance and this year the list is filled with dynamic individuals of note.
Vesta Williams and Heavy D were huge shocks to everyone and both had mysterious deaths. Their music is an integral part of our life’s playlist. Joe Frazier will always remembered as the man who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat. Nathaniel D. Hale, more popularly known as “Nate Dogg”, was instrumental to rap, but also used his life to help young men and women through a christian mentoring program.
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*Michael Vick may miss a third week of football due to injury, but he’s making just as meaningful off-the-field connections during his down time.
According to TMZ, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has reached out to Naijiel Hale, the son of late singer Nate Dogg (real name Nathanial Hale), who is a football stud at Lakewood High, outside Los Angeles.
Naijiel’s mom entered him in a Vick giveaway contest on Facebook with the message that her son is a huge fan of his, and “a sophomore starting DB (defensive back) with awesome grades :)”
According to TMZ, Vick personally responded a couple of days later with an email to Naiji, saying … “Congratulations on a good season and thank you for the support.” Naijiel told his hero, “It’s been a hard year with my dad passing,” and added he and Nate Dogg used to watch Vick play every game.
A rep tells TMZ, Vick decided to contact Naiji after reading about his H.S. football success — leading the league in interceptions — despite his father’s death in March.
In his last email Vick said, “Sorry to hear about your father but glad to see you’re being strong and keep achieving.”
*TMZ has photos of an out-of-control car that slammed through the front of a Laundromat and came close to hitting the ex of late singer Nate Dogg.
Rhoda, who also shares children with Nate Dogg, says she was washing her clothes and talking on her cell phone when the car came crashing through the front of the laundromat — and within two feet of striking her.
Rhoda says she was showered in broken glass that exploded in her direction from the impact — with pieces even getting caught in her hair — but fortunately, she wasn’t injured.
In fact, Rhoda kept her composure and quickly dialed 911 … and emergency responders quickly raced to the scene.
The driver “appeared to be ok,” sources told TMZ.