We examine the excellence in a West Coast classic.
- Geek & Sci-Fi
We examine the excellence in a West Coast classic.
The two cousins release a touching video for everybody's late uncle, June Bugg.
Nephews share memories of their eldest uncle.
Rapper's uncle, long a fixture in his stage shows and videos, passes away.
Uncle Snoop delivers a new Madlib-produced single and Gangsta Grillz mixtape.
Not many people could deliver a hook like Nate Dogg.
A few weeks back I made a Spotify playlist that consisted of 268 DPGC songs.
The City Of Angels gets a dose of hometown love and appreciation shown by three originators when “L.
"I'll play the daddy, you can play the momma.
Spitta invites us to a smoky banquet in an exclusive location to celebrate <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=287119">“Fast Cars, Faster Women”</a> in the video for the second release from The Stoned Immaculate.
As if today's tokers holiday would be complete without new material from <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/currensy">Curren$y</a>.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/mike-will-made-it">Mike WiLL Made It</a>, he of “Tupac Back” fame, will be a little late for Christmas with his Est.
Last night, when I heard <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/freddie-gibbs">The Mayor of Gary, Indiana,</a> was thuggin' on UStream with <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/statik-selektah">Statik Selektah</a> - about to start and finish an EP cordially titled Lord Givith, Lord Taketh Away - I had no choice but to geek out and become a fly on the wall for a few minutes.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/02/snoop-dogg-feat-marty-james-el-lay-video"> As it seems, Snoop is setting himself up to have a video for every song on Doggumentary. Not too uncommon for 2011 but when you consider that it's a 21-track LP, the conditions become a little more eye-opening. While <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/snoop-dogg">Tha Dogg</a> is far from a Nobel Peace Prize-winning pundit, he still knows how to influence the youth in the making the right choices.
Again, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/03/the-importance-of-h1gher-learning">presentation is key</a> and Daz's new album D.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/review-of-tha-dogg-pounds-keep-on-ridin"> Being that <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/daz">Diggy Daz</a> and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/snoop-dogg">Uncle Snoopy</a> are cousins and all, I'm curious as to how their Thanksgiving festivities will play out this Thursday.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/review-of-tha-dogg-pounds-keep-on-ridin"> If they haven’t reached the legendary status of some of their L.A. brethren, Kurupt and Daz have carved out quite solid Hip-Hop careers, both as solo artists and of course as members of the underrated Dogg Pound. Evidently hoping to bring back memories of the glory days, the duo is back with the album Keep on Ridin’. Diehards of 90's West Coast will appreciate the effort, but the album’s dated feel doesn’t speak well to the O.G.’s future as influencers of Los Angeles’ rap scene. Billed as a “compilation” album, Keep on Ridin’ has the feel of a mixtape upgraded to album status, and many of the tracks no doubt have been on diehards libraries for some time. The project features plenty of guest appearances including more than one showcase from the Top Dogg himself, Mr. S-N double O P. Snoop’s presence is a blessing and a curse—he instantly lifts the quality and credibility of the tracks he graces. But the inability of the rest of Daz and Kurrupt’s rotating posse of fringe DPG’ers to carry the torch makes you wish Snoop could have found more time to run with his old gang. Still the best tracks, such as the immaculate “Bang That” ooze with stoned out funk and dope n-dirty lyrics we expect from this crew. Unfortunately, Daz’s production fails to keep the party going all night. While the G-Funk formula still works when executed, failures lend themselves easily to a dreaded dated sound. The crooning of Uncle Reo on “Stay’d Out All Nite Long” brings to mind a failed lounge act. Worse is the trite “Leave a Message,” a true brain cell killer that relies on redundant W Ballz riffs that should have been retired two decades ago. Lyrically, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/a-tribute-to-coltrane">Daz and Kurupt</a> seem comfortable remaining in a hedonistic, sophomoric zone, with a little less gangsta and a little more booty rhyming than in their youthful days.
It's still a bit hard for me sit through these days at the ol' 9 to 5 after The Crew's takeover of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/sxsw-2010">SXSW</a> this past weekend.
It pains me as I'm sure it does every long-time Hip-Hop fan to see remnants of a crumbled dynasty.
I’ll be rooting for <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/tha-dogg-pound">Tha Dogg Pound</a> as long as blood still pumps through my veins and their music pumps through my speakers.