Kurupt drops a new project and has help from some up-and-coming talents on here. This one really plays through rather nicely and you get a good mix of sounds on here to vibe to. Kurupt is dropping a few verses throughout this project and sounds as great as he ever did. His bars are complex and street all at the same time. He’s got features from rappers and singers in the forms of Daz Dillinger, Masta Killa, Dom Kennedy, and many more. The production on here definitely varies but is strong overall. You get hip hop tracks. You get R&B tracks. And it’s mostly all quality product. Highlights on here include “LA Baby” featuring Sakoya Wynter. This is a laid back and sultry song that I could definitely see as a single. “Ashamed” featuring Kid Gotti Born Rich and Ted Park and “Slide Down” featuring Tylo and Dom Kennedy are 2 other really dope tracks on here. All in all, they definitely had something cooking on this one. This is that new West sound that is really so quality.
One half of the Dogg Pound, Daz Dillinger teams up with an East Coast legend Capone to give us a brand new project. Having an East Coast veteran and a West Coast veteran together on one album might have you thinking that you would hear some different sounds on here. To be honest, this album really has more of a West Coast sound. It definitely has more of that Cali vibe to it musically. It almost sounds more like a Daz album with some features from Capone. Both MCs sound decent on the mic. I wouldn’t call it mind-blowing bars, but they handle their own. You will get features from Kurupt, Noreaga, havoc, Conway, Styles P, and many more. All in all, not a bad listen. They did a decent job with this one.
Daz and Kurupt link up to give us a great new album. This one definitely has an old school feeling and makes us remember why we love the Dogg Pound so much. They really have an uncanny ability to create song after song and they play through very well. Daz and Kurupt sound as great as they ever have and sound great together as well. We need more of this out here. The production is really dope as well having a West Coast feel to it. A great standout track is “We Rollin” with it’s perfect California vibe and smooth lyrics. All in all, another great Dogg Pound project that you don’t want to miss!
First off, this is definitely not the record that I expected from these two MCs. I expected more of a West Coast mixed with a gritty Down South sound by mixing these two. That did not happen at all. They went for more of a radio-friendly sound with this project. Daz sounds a bit more soothing to the masses’ ear by trying to appeal to all. Gipp doesn’t even sound like he used to at all. He sounds like a completely different person. Nevertheless, this is the combination we received. The production here is very upbeat and jovial. A lot of the songs you can definitely tell they were trying to aim for the single. I don’t think they failed at all with this plan. All in all, it’s not really too bad of a record. It’s a bit jarring at first, but it has a smooth and upbeat sound that should get listeners in a better mood. A highlight would be “Burden” featuring Misha Fair and it is probably because they reworked the Goapele sample of “Closer.” Another decent track is “What U Waitin 4” featuring Shawty Redd. This one definitely had a nice upbeat sound and a decent hook. All in all, not a bad job by the both of them, but this was probably not the combination that people were looking for.
This is a re-release of the 2007 version of this album. It has been remastered and a few tracks have been added to the initial tracklist. This is such a dope album throughout. Two things that really stick out on this project are the cohesiveness and the consistency of the project. Every song sounds like it belongs and they all fit together very nicely. This definitely has that classic west coast vibe to it as you go from track to track. If you are looking for that mid 90s feel, then look no further. Kurupt has always been a lyrical genius and that is very much evidenced on this project. He walks that fine line of spitting dope bars and also keeping it fun with classic west coast type lyrics. There are some points on this album where it is just fully apparent how they chose Kurupt to be in the old rap super group The 4 Horsemen. He really gets busy on the mic. This is a fantastic album that plays straight through. This would be a really dope soundtrack to summer because of its vibe.