UP-AND-COMING RAPPER PAYS TRIBUTE TO DEARLY DEPARTED NATE DOGGBy Dave Wielenga
The up-and-coming rapper, Clippah Duh Dam Gorilla, wasn’t born in Long Beach, but he lives here now. He realizes this doesn’t make him a direct descendant of the late Nate Dogg and the city’s other hip-hop pioneers, but he insists he’s received some of their musical inheritance.
Nearly 20 years after Long Beach’s native sons—Nate and Snoop and Warren and the rest—launched the G-Funk Era, a case could be made that almost everyone in hip-hop has been moved by their influence.
But Clippah Duh Dam Gorilla—Clip for short; Brandon Douglas on his birth certificate—isn’t talking about anyone else. He’s focused on promoting his newly arrived album, “Cali Pa$$ion.” But the coincidence of its release and Nate Dogg’s death on March 15 has put a sad edge on his celebration and provided a humbling reminder that his creativity is not entirely his own.
“My music has been heavily influenced by Nate Dogg’s West Coast reign,” Clip acknowledges.
To illustrate that connection and to pay tribute to his idol, Clip is combining his Wednesday night listening party at Club Cohiba with a tribute to Nate Dogg. Songs from “Cali Pa $$ion” will be mixed with the Nate’s work—and clubgoers are encouraged to dress in Nate’s natty style.