KURUPT – 7 P’S THE GOTTI WAY

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.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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1ST GENERATION (KURUPT, MC EIHT, THA CHILL, GANGSTA, KING T, & JAYO FELONY) – RAPTURE

1st Generation is a group made up of a lot of West Coast veteran rappers. It’s really quite uncanny the lineup that they have assembled for this one. With extraordinary MCs like Kurupt, MC Eiht, Jayo Felony, and more, it’s no wonder why this project has the sound that it does. On the mic, it isn’t really about lyrical supremacy, but creating a West Coast gangsta rap sound like they did in the past. All of the MCs do a decent job at providing that vibe for fans to hear. The beats on here complement that same sound as well. With only 6 songs, there really wasn’t a lot of room to showcase what this project could have ultimately been, but it serves as good introduction to an even better idea that needs to come to fruition in a full-length studio album. I’d like to see different combination of artists, different features, and some different producers to give it a classic West Coast sound. Not a bad start with this one.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DOGG POUND – DPG 4 LIFE

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!


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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FOUR HORSEMEN – THE LAST RIDE

Canibus, Killah Priest, Kurupt, and Ras Kass combine forces once again to form the epic and legendary Four Horsemen for the creation of another album. You already know that this one is going to be an onslaught of bars and all 4 MCs definitely do their thing when it comes to delivering the lyrics. Ras Kass really shines through the most out of all but Kurupt has some strong performances as well. The beats on here are okay. I do feel like they could have made better selections for such a monumental album, but they are still pretty good if nothing else. “Believer” is one of the strongest records on this album. It definitely has a theme throughout of the four horsemen of the apocalypse coming to end the world which pretty much makes sense for a project like this. The fans of bars out there will definitely not want to miss this one.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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KURUPT & J. WELLS – DIGITAL SMOKE (DELUXE REMASTERED EDITION)

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.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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Kurupt & J. Wells - Digital Smoke