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'Idol' Contestant -- The Nate Dogg Connection

3/16/2011 3:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Years before Jacob Lusk became a finalist on "American Idol" ... he formed a very special relationship with the one and only Nate Dogg -- a bond, TMZ has learned, that formed in an L.A. gospel choir.


Sources tell TMZ, Jacob auditioned for the gospel group called "InNate Praise" in 2007 -- formed by Nate himself -- and he ended up landing the part ... and we're told, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

According to sources, Jacob and Nate's relationship blossomed over the next two years ... as Jacob performed with the group at churches around L.A. County.

In the video -- shot back in 2007 -- Nate and Jacob are both hanging out in Nate's studio in North Hollywood. Earlier today, Jacob tweeted the following about Nate's death:


As we previously reported, Nate passed away yesterday -- and his family believes his death was caused by complications stemming from two strokes he suffered over the last few years.


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I laugh at these kids with the racist Bull**** knowing damn well THE ONLY REASON you typing that BS is because you SAFE behind the computer screen.That's all it is because WE all know offline You Voice it because You know what would and will happen to you so keep on Net-Hating it's a waste of time.

1324 days ago


I wouldn't be surprised if some of the cousin f'in redneck responses came from the homosexual lookin workers at Tmz. Livin in Their own little fantasy land and they think that all black ppl are Criminals when infact the white man is the one who put the crack in the projects, the white man is the one who sold him the guns.... now go listen to some of your country rock in the corner of your fantasy land.

1324 days ago


to ignorance:

it's sad that once a life is gone, all you can talk about is race.
don't be surprised when your life is cut short.

rip nate

1324 days ago


Please R.I.P Nate Dogg.

1323 days ago


it's shamless how ppl can waste god giving sense on crap,disrespecting the dead is beyound not pretty and Do not make u look like man or woman.Soun like low life ppl that don't love better yet like themselve grow up and stop being the ass God gave to a Donkey

1323 days ago

bilbo Baggins    

If they gave an award for the person who can scream the loudest and be off-key, Jacob Lusk would win hands down. I think it was really awful the way the judges carried on about him and tyler jumping on stage was really disrespectful to the other contestants. Listen closely to this guys last three performances and tell me he is on Key and I will tell you that you need a hearing aid. Seacrest calling people on stage to give this guy a hug as also very demeaning to the other contestants. It is one thing to judge a person's performance but to try to unfairly influence the voting with such a display is dishonest. VERY DISHONEST. Wild Off-Key loud Screeching is not singing.

1317 days ago
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