We examine the excellence in a West Coast classic.
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We examine the excellence in a West Coast classic.
Not many people could deliver a hook like Nate Dogg.
Long before I started writing, porn was my first hustle.
A few weeks back I made a Spotify playlist that consisted of 268 DPGC songs.
There's something to be said for best friends interviewing each other.
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.
<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/top-nate-dogg-features-lead.png"></a>Graphic: <a href="http://missdimplez.com/">Dimplez</a> Almost a year ago, the Hip-Hop community was stunned to hear about <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/03/nate-dogg-passes-away-at-41">the passing of Nate Dogg</a>.
Even from the grave, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/2pac">'Pac</a> still manages to make more yearly appearances than André 3000 and sounds more focused than the current ne'er-do-wells disguised as artists.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=191552"> Uh-oh. <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/trick-trick">Trick Trick</a>, the Godfather of The D, has become The Landlord with his new mixtape and your speakers' rent is due, motherf#%er.
<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/and-u-do-know-that-single/id386344792"> Class, take your seats and open your textbooks to the book of game, authorized by MacShawn100. In the first chapter, you'll see literary phrases for expressing one's self during multiple situations. Take out your blue highlighter markers and strike through the "And U Do Know That" because that's what we'll be covering this term. With a teacher like Yvette Heranadez and recess smoke breaks with <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/snoop-dogg">Snoop</a> and the rest of Tha Dogg Pound, every student shouldn't have a problem getting a big fat "A" on their finals.
<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/review-of-tha-dogg-pounds-keep-on-ridin"> Being a fan of an artist without quality control is one of the most frustrating roles to play as a consumer. Tha Dogg Pound, a group that played a seminal role in West Coast Hip-Hop since its inception, are one of the acts that seem to be <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/review-of-tha-dogg-pounds-keep-on-ridin">reckless with releases</a>.
<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.
Unified like the fiddy states, the Dub-E-S-T keeps their wheels in motion when Snoop Dogg is spearheading the movement.
Although it didn't have the commercial fanfare like "Grindin'" or "A Milli" before it, there was no question that <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/snoop-dogg">Snoop Dogg's</a> "I Wanna Rock" was the track to rocked for veteran and burgeoning MCs alike.
Another week in the books, another set of tracks that we like to call The Pack.
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.