The Underrated: Tha Dogg Pound- Dogg Food

By @TrueGodImmortal 

1. Intro 
2. Dogg Pound Gangstaz 
3. Respect 
4. New York, New York 
5. Smooth 
6. Cyco-Lic-No(Bitch Azz Niggaz)
7. Ridin, Slipin, and Slidin 
8. Big Pimpin 2 
9. Let's Play House 
10. I Don't Like To Dream About Getting Paid 
11. Do What I Feel
12. If We All Fucc 
13. Some Bomb Azz Pussy
14. A Dogg'z Day Afternoon 
15. Reality 
16. One By One 
17. Sooo Much Style

Now, with the DAR Atlanta Music Week finished, we are taking the revolution to the west and beginning the DAR West Coast Week, looking at some of the classic West Coast music and the newer artists as well. Today, we picked an interesting place to start for the week: Death Row. When you think of the West, albums released during the Death Row era helped shape the culture and some of the sound. One album that I particularly loved, but tends to get overlooked when talking Death Row is Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Food album. Daz and Kurupt jump started the NY vs LA beef, and created a classic in the process. The bumping production of Dat Nigga Daz is stamped all over this project, starting with the murderous "Dogg Pound Gangstaz", where Kurupt blacks out on the first verse and steals the show here. Kurupt as a MC is truly slept on as well, and his long verse here is one of his best.

Dr. Dre makes a mini appearance on "Respect" which is a very G-Funk esque track, and then we arrive at the controversial "New York, New York", the DJ Pooh produced smooth track, with the video that would serve as complete disrespect to the East Coast. Kurupt carries the song lyrically and of course Snoop's hook is perfect and quite infectious. The aptly titled "Smooth" features even more of that G-Funk sound, something perfect for the lowriders. Snoop kicks off the track with a standard Snoop verse, with Val Young of the Mary Jane Girls appearing on the hook. Kurupt goes off here as well, with a classic verse on this and he is essentially the MVP of the album from a lyrical standpoint. "Cyco-Lic-No" and "Ridin, Slipin, and Slidin" continue that booming G-Funk sound, giving the album an extremely cohesive and consistent feel and sound.

One of my favorite songs on the entire album "Let's Play House"(and the biggest hit of the album) features Dr. Dre(executive producer of the album), Michel'le, Snoop and of course the undefeated sound of Nate Dogg. Nate drops a classic hook here, which is an extremely simple one, but still carries the song. I sometimes wish they just put Nate on every hook, but then again I feel that way about every West Coast album. The bouncy "I Don't Like To Dream About Getting Paid" features Nate on the hook and bridge and a story from Daz in his verses. The classic and iconic "Some Bomb Azz Pussy", an anthem for the ladies who got that good good, always bangs even 20 years later. Daz is hilarious here, with his talking intro before his actual verse and steals the show here.

Nate Dogg returns on "A Doggz Day Afternoon" along with a brief appearance by Snoop on the sinister hard hitting track. The dope "Reality" takes a more serious approach as the Pound talks about the possibility of losing their lives and getting too caught up in the chase for money. Tray Dee appears here as well and spits that shit, a perfect addition to the track. The album nears the end, as the boombap esque sound of "One by One" hits and Kurupt once again goes off on his verse as well. The album finishes with the G-Funk heavy "Sooo Much Style", another classic track as well.

Overall, the album doesn't really have a weak track here and Dogg Pound etched their place in hip hop history by making a classic. With West Coast week upon us on the site, you can already imagine that we will get into more West Coast releases and Death Row albums. Stay tuned.



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