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Album review: 'blaqkout,' by DJ Quik & Kurupt - Pittsburg Morning Sun
And as far as dream pairings go, well, it might be five or 10 years too late, but Quik releasing a collaborative album with Philly native and Dogg Pound founder Kurupt should be a gangsta classic. It is ... kind of. Kurupt and Quik weave a dozen tales...
Bedroom Songs and Gossip Girls - New York Times
“We the West,” scream the T-shirts in the video for “9X Outta 10,” by DJ Quik & Kurupt: a riff on DJ Khaled's “We the Best” catchphrase but also a statement of presence. After all, the Game notwithstanding, where has Los Angeles hip-hop been for the...
Read 53 Times Since - 24hourhiphop
He's worked with artists such as Snoop , Kurupt, Mac 10, Dub C pretty much the whole west coast has done work with him including the queen of the west coast Keyshia Cole. We go on to speak about his plans for his label Bonzi Records....
Top 50 All-Time Bills, No. 50: WR Jerry Butler - Buffalo Rumblings
by Kurupt on May 26, 2009 1:55 PM EDT up reply actions 0 recs Plus, I love reading up on old Bills team and players, so it'sa way for me to brush up on the history of the franchise. If the glove don't fit, it couldn't be Whit... by thatguy34 on May 26,...
Jae Synth: Sacramento's King of Beats - News10.net
His resume includes collaborations with some of the industry's most established rap artists, including Snoop Dogg, Mac Dre, The Game, E-40, Too Short, TI, Juvenile and Kurupt to name a few. With a new album out and another one on the way,...
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2005 - Danny Williams defeats Kurupt to win the NWA United Kingdom Junior Heavyweight Title in Chatham, England, ending Kurupt's second reign. 2006 - Mr. Excellent defeats Andres Diamond for the Italian Championship Wrestling Interregional Heavyweight...
WGR 550: Bills' Whitner expects charges to be dropped - Buffalo Rumblings
by Kurupt on May 18, 2009 2:16 PM EDT reply actions 0 recs Just be quiet and talk when it's all over! by thurman on May 18, 2009 2:30 PM EDT up reply actions 0 recs sounds like the police went overboard w/ the use of the tazer, and he's expressing...
State of the Bills Roster: Linebacker - Buffalo Rumblings
by Kurupt on May 21, 2009 11:05 AM EDT reply actions 0 recs I tend to disagree that Poz's ceiling has lowered. As you said he played one full season and looked pretty consistent. I think thats the first step and I think playmaking will come this year...
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... collaborating on design projects with major international brands such as Disney, Casio G-Shock, eS, Gravis, Medicom and also up and coming artists and designers namely Johnny Cupcakes, David Choe, Tofer, Robbie Conal, H2O, Kurupt, Craola,...

Kurupt

Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown on November 23, 1972) is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. He is a member of the rap group Tha Dogg Pound, and is mostly known for his work with Death Row Records. He is also a part of supergroup The HRSMN along with: Canibus, Ras Kass, and Killah Priest. He is also the memeber of the Rollin 60 neigborhood Crips.

Ricardo Emmanuel Brown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later moved to Hawthorne, California to live with his father. As a result, he has associated himself somewhat with Philadelphia and its rap scene, including Philly rappers such as Beanie Sigel; his first album, Kuruption!, was a double-disc that featured both east and west coast styles.

After the signing of Tupac Shakur to Death Row in September 1995, a rivalry was sparked between Death Row and the east coast's Bad Boy Entertainment. Death Row became a divided label, with Suge Knight and 2Pac demanding every rapper on the label diss an assortment of east coast artists hailing from or affiliated with Bad Boy. Having already thrown in on the Ruthless Records/Death Row conflict, Kurupt and Daz joined in the feud with their single "New York, New York," featuring Snoop Dogg; the song was interpreted as a diss against NYC and although it did not diss anyone specifically, it incited the response "L.A., L.A." The duo's album, Dogg Food, became highly successful, despite being the first Death Row release not produced (it was, however, mixed) by Dr. Dre.

The time after Dogg Food's release was a hectic one for Death Row. Artists discouraged by the rising conflict included RBX, who left the label; Lady of Rage, whose project was continually postponed; and Dr. Dre himself, who began to resent Suge's controversial strong-arm tactics and thirst for the spotlight. When Andre jumped ship for Aftermath Entertainment, Daz became the main producer for Death Row, handling much of 2Pac's All Eyez on Me and Snoop Dogg's Tha Doggfather, on which Kurupt was featured relatively sparingly, in contrast to his former high profile on label projects.

2Pac's 1996 murder began a mass exodus of artists from Death Row Records. Kurupt was one of the first to leave, preceded only by Nate Dogg; he initially signed with A&M, on which he founded an imprint, Antra Records. It was through this deal Brown released his debut solo album Kuruption! in 1998, with appearances by Dr. Dre, Buckshot, and former foe N.O.R.E. Though the double-disc effort featured no Daz production, he and his former groupmate were still on good terms; when Dillinger followed in his tracks and left Death Row in 1999, he produced several tracks for his groupmate's sophomore album Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, marking the end of Kurupt's tenure at Antra. The record featured a widespread diss track called "Calling Out Names," on which Kurupt called out various rappers, including DMX, accusing the east coaster of sleeping with his then-fiancee Foxy Brown. During this time, he linked up with fellow Californian Ras Kass, Wu-Tang Clan-affiliate Killah Priest and former Universal Records wonder Canibus to form a group called The HRSMN; despite repeated promises of an album, the group's only release has been an unfinished white label.

After an unofficial remix/compilation Dogg Pound album called 2002 in early 2002, questions began to arise as to the status of Tha Dogg Pound vs. Death Row. While the duo officially said they weren't sure, Kurupt signed back to Death Row in exchange for the role of Vice President. This apparently shocked his groupmates, especially Daz, who'd had a much more volatile falling-out with Knight; a verbal war erupted wherein Kurupt and Daz repeatedly dissed each other viciously, on records and in interviews. While this was going on, Kurupt was mentoring a new roster of Death Row artists, including Spider Loc, Crooked I, and Eastwood; he also began work on his next album, Against tha Grain, and formed a new group: The Riflemen, consisting of Kurupt, Mobb Deep, Jayo Felony, 40 Glocc, and The Alchemist, though the possibility of a record from this ensemble has seemingly faded over time.

More hurt by the conflict than he let on, Kurupt continued to work disses into his solo album; a bootleg version of the project, Originals, was released in 2004 after repeated delays of its official release, as well as those of Crooked I and other Death Row artists. In 2005, Snoop Dogg began acting as a diplomat between the two parties, and Tha Dogg Pound reunited under its original moniker in April of that year at a west coast unity event hosted by Snoop. Against tha Grain was released, but by that time Kurupt had already left the label a second time, and publicly denounced the disses inherent in the record; an EP called Against tha Grain E.P. has also surfaced, containing said disses to his cohorts. Since their reunion, Kurupt has claimed both members got over their previous problems with no issue.

Kurupt and Daz released Dillinger & Young Gotti II: The Saga Continuez in 2005, Cali iz Active (as DPG with Snoop Dogg) in 2006, and Dogg Chit in 2007; while he originally touted Dogg Chit as the heir to Dogg Food's legacy, he has since stated that none of the group's intermittent releases are to be considered actual albums--more like mixtapes, and that the upcoming 100 Wayz (originally titled Westcoast Aftershocc) is to be considered the second actual Dogg Pound release. After putting out Digital Smoke with J. Wells, Brown also released an album with his younger brother Roscoe entitled The Frank and Jess Story.

In addition to 100 Wayz, Kurupt has a Dogg Pound Gangsta Grillz mixtape coming out with Daz first, followed by planned solo projects with Fredwreck called A History of Violence, G-Boy Status with producer Bink!, an album called Blaqkout with DJ Quik due out on April 28th, 2009--the single for which, "Fuck Y'all," is a diss to former Quik partners AMG, Hi-C and 2nd II None--and an album with Tha Alkaholiks' J-Ro, an album by produced by Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik and Teddy Riley (as QDT) called Niggarachi Presents: Kurupt the Kingpin, an album done jointly by DJ Premier and Pete Rock, as well as a Dogg Pound album with Pete Rock.

Kurupt has been nominated for one Grammy Award but has not yet won an award as of 2006.

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Death Row Records

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Death Row Records was a record label that was founded in 1991 by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, and was once home to some of West Coast hip hop's most well-known Rappers, including 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger).

Death Row has sold nearly 50 million albums worldwide, and generated close to $750 million in revenue. The label was also once home to RBX, The Lady of Rage, Warren G, K-Solo, Michel'le, Danny Boy, DJ Quik, Petey Pablo, Tha Realest, and Crooked I. In addition, the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC was signed on and working on an album when she died in a car accident in Honduras.

In the late '80's, producer Andre "Dr. Dre" Young was a member of the gangsta rap group N.W.A., signed to fellow member Eric "Eazy-E" Wright's Ruthless Records. As head of production at the label, Dre produced a large number of Ruthless projects, many of them high-selling; feeling the pressures of having to produce so many acts, Dre became interested in his own label, talking to Heller at one point about setting one up under Ruthless. After the departure of Ice Cube over financial disagreements with group manager/label co-founder Jerry Heller, artist and friend The D.O.C. and friend Suge Knight went over the books with a lawyer. Convinced that Heller was dishonest, they approached Young about forming a label with them, away from Heller and Eazy-E. Allegedly using strong-arm tactics, Knight was able to procure contracts from Eazy for The D.O.C., Dr. Dre and singer Michel'le.

Knight approached successful rapper Vanilla Ice, using management connections with songwriter Chocolate, who had apparently written several songs on Ice's To the Extreme, including the hit "Ice Ice Baby", without pay. Cornering Ice on the balcony, Knight talked him into contributing capital to start the planned record label. He also approached Michael "Harry-O" Harris, a businessman incarcerated on drug and attempted murder charges. Through David Kenner, a criminal attorney handling Harris's appeal, Suge and Harry-O set up Godfather Entertainment, a parent company for the newly-christened Death Row Records.

With Kenner's legal expertise as incentive, Knight began signing young inner-city California artists and arranged for Death Row to handle the soundtrack for the 1991 Lawrence Fishburne/Jeff Goldblum film Deep Cover. The single, "Deep Cover", established Dre as a solo artist and a young Snoop "Doggy" Dogg as his protege. Work soon began on The Chronic, Dre's solo album, which heavily featured Snoop and the rest of the label's core roster. Its singles, "Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" and "Nuthin' but a "G" Thang", saw Dre and Snoop responding to disses by Eazy-E and other artists at Ruthless over Dre's leaving the label and N.W.A.

The album went on to sell three million records, establishing the west coast in hip-hop and popularizing the distinctive style of g-funk. Continuing to release albums boycotting Dre, Eazy-E claimed the success of the album and its singles netted him nearly as much money as it did Young, though the album became Death Row's first landmark release and solidified the status of the label and its artists.

After finding solo success, Young began crafting Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle; the process took two years, and Snoop's debut was finally released in 1993 due to public demand and high pressure from retailers. Though unfinished, it outdid The Chronic at four times platinum, and garnered similarly glowing reviews. Soon after the release of the album, controversy began to hit the label; Snoop was charged with murder, fueling the debate that politicians C. Delores Tucker and then-presidential candidate Dan Quayle sparked by denouncing gangsta rap as against American values, using the music of Death Row as examples.

By 1995, the label began to flood with Knight's cronies--friends fresh out of jail, as well as off-duty police officers later implicated in the Rampart scandal, working as security. Emboldened, Knight began taking more control of the label and further sought the spotlight, while Dr. Dre receded into the background, shying away from the increasingly violent atmosphere and Suge's newfound volatility. C. Delores Tucker's pressure to conform extended to a joint proposal by herself and a Warner executive to set up a record label with Knight to put out content-controlled rap music, which Knight billed as a breach of contract, resulting in a switch in distribution from Time Warner to Interscope. At the '95 Source Awards, the Death Row roster's performance garnered a poor reception from the mainly east coast audience; Knight also made comments pertaining to Bad Boy Entertainment CEO Puff Daddy, sparking friction between the two labels (and, later, the two entire coasts). Soon Knight would sign highly controversial rapper Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, incarcerated on a second-degree rape conviction, after agreeing to post Shakur's bail. At the same time, a rift between Michael and Lydia Harris and Suge and David Kenner began to grow, with the latter pair denying Harris's involvement in the company and refusing to take his phone calls.

Tupac immediately began work on his Death Row album, kicking off his tenure by insulting Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy, who he accused of setting him up to be robbed and shot earlier that year, as well as Bad Boy Entertainment, Mobb Deep and Nas. Tha Dogg Pound's debut album, Dogg Food, continued the label's streak of commercial successes; its members, rappers Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, joined Shakur in ridiculing New York rappers with their single "New York, New York," featuring Snoop Dogg. The video, set in New York City, featured giant versions of the rappers stepping on buildings--tensions were also heightened when the set was fired upon in a driveby. Disillusioned with the direction of Death Row, artists RBX and The D.O.C. chose to leave, after which Knight exercised tighter control over the rest of the roster. Dogg Food was not produced by Dr. Dre, a further testament to Young's dwindling involvement with his own label. Though he contributed two tracks to 2Pac's All Eyez on Me, it was mostly produced by Daz and Johnny J. Shakur's behavior reportedly became erratic as he continued verbal wars with Mobb Deep, Nas, Biggie, The Fugees and Jay-Z; in response to supposed sleights by Dre, and encouraged by Knight, Shakur also turned on the label's co-founder and former head producer. In 1996, Dre left Death Row to form Aftermath Entertainment.

Formerly a united front of artists, Death Row's roster fractured into separate camps. Daz, now head producer, worked on Snoop Dogg's sophomore album Tha Doggfather, which featured Bad Azz and Techniec of his LBC Crew, Warren G and Nate Dogg of his group 213 and Kurupt and Daz of Tha Dogg Pound. 2Pac shut himself into the studio with little-known producers Hurt-M-Badd and Big "D", crafting The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory--unlike All Eyez on Me, it was devoid of high-profile Death Row guest appearances, instead showcasing Shakur's The Outlawz and affiliated rappers Storm, C.P.O., Bad Azz and others. Knight was now barely reachable by his staff, and employees were routinely assaulted as punishment for not following orders.

During a trip to Las Vegas for a Mike Tyson fight, Shakur was interviewed on the possibility of Death Row East, an east coast branch of the record label. Though names from Big Daddy Kane and the Wu-Tang Clan to Eric B. and K-Solo were mentioned, the label would never be formed; three days later, Tupac, Knight and others were caught on camera assailing gang member Orlando Anderson. Later that night, Shakur was shot several times while in a car with Suge; despite living for several days in critical condition, the rapper died on September 13th, 1996. The impact on Death Row was immediate; Knight was investigated in the murder, convicted of parole violation and sentenced to nine years' prison time, causing Interscope to drop its distribution deal with the label. His control over the label diminished, Nate Dogg was able to leave, followed by Snoop Dogg and Kurupt; after the release of his own and the Lady of Rage's solo albums, Daz and Rage followed suit. The general consensus since then amongst the former roster is that Knight had something to do with the killing of Shakur, though these claims are unsubstantiated.

Maintaining artistic control from behind bars, Knight launched smear campaigns against several of his former artists, most notably Snoop Dogg. The label supported itself with releases pulled from vaults--most successfully various posthumous 2Pac albums, along with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg re-releases and then-unreleased compilation records such as Suge Knight Presents: The Chronic 2000 and Snoop Dogg: Dead Man Walkin. He signed new talent, including Crooked I, Left Eye of TLC, Top Dogg and Tha Realest, picking up affiliates Spider Loc and Eastwood. He also appointed former Ruthless Records artist Cold 187um head producer, to oversee the 2Pac album Until the End of Time and unauthorized Dogg Pound release 2002. Despite bad blood, Kurupt would again sign with Suge Knight in exchange for the position of Vice President, which sparked a feud between himself and former friends Daz and Snoop Dogg. Mentoring Crooked I, he began work on Against tha Grain; his verbal feud with his former partners continued from 2002 to 2005.

After promoting his new talent for years from prison, directing a campaign against his former artists and exacerbating the conflict between Daz and Kurupt, Suge had still yet to release any albums by his living artists. In 2004, Spider Loc signed a deal with G-Unit and enjoined a verbal bout with rapper The Game, leaving Knight and Death Row behind. After Kurupt's second departure, Against tha Grain was released; soon after, citing dissatisfaction with serving five years on the label and seeing no release, Crooked I also left Death Row, eventually filing a gag order on Knight to prevent the mogul's interference with his finding a new deal. Petey Pablo, who had signed in 2005 and started the never-released album Same Eyez on Me, left along with rapper Tha Realest in 2006.

2005 Suge Knight's implication in the 1997 murder of The Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles, California. A federal informant provided testimony that Los Angeles police officers David Mack and Rafael Perez--both implicated in the Rampart scandal--worked as security for Death Row when off-duty, and that they and Suge Knight had conspired to have Biggie killed after a party the rapper attended on the night of his murder. However, testifying in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by B.I.G.'s mother and widow, he went back on his testimony, claiming it as hearsay. In the same case, a second prison informant named Kenny Boagni claimed that Mack and Perez were indeed on the label's payroll at the time. The case was eventually declared a mistrial, and criminal investigation reopened, though a second suit has thus far brought no claims against Knight directly.

Knight was also investigated in '05 for paying a man to punch Dr. Dre as he accepted a lifetime achievement award at the 2004 Vibe Awards; though he denies the claim, the assailant apparently told Santa Monica police that Knight offered him $5,000 for the job. A lawsuit was brought against him by Lydia Harris, resulting in a court order to pay her $107 million in profits owed after she'd been forced from the label. The judgment resulted in Knight declaring bankruptcy in 2006, after turning down Warner Music Group's offer to buy at $25 million, and made to auction off all assets of the label.

On January 15 of 2009, Death Row Records was successfully auctioned to entertainment development company WIDEawake Entertainment Group, Inc. for $18 million. New owner Lara Lavi, CEO of WIDEawake, expressed her intent to set up an online destination store of Death Row material, as well as renewing relationships with former Death Row artists.

On January 25 of 2009, an auction was held for everything found in the Death Row Records office after the company filed for bankruptcy. Of note was the Death Row Records electric chair which went for $2500.

After purchasing Death Row Records, WIDEAwake CEO Lara Lavi and Senior Vice President John Payne were interviewed by HipHopDX on March 18th, 2009. Payne, who was with Death Row in its early days and had overseen the Deep Cover soundtrack, helped identify the music, artwork and videos for the board of trustees. It includes some highly-rumored songs and albums such as "Hit 'Em Up 2" by 2Pac, material by 2Pac and fellow deceased Death Row artist Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes under the name N.I.N.A. (Name Is Not Applicable), alternate versions and cut songs from Dr. Dre's The Chronic, and even Gospel and R&B. Lavi has met with Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound and Crooked I, and--working with the artists, under their parent company WIDEAwake--the two plan to release multimedia box-sets of music, artwork, and DVDs from Death Row Records, and are planning to use some of the revenue generated to benefit Afeni Shakur's Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts.

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Fredwreck

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Fredwreck (of Palestinian descent, born Farid Nassar in Flint, Michigan) is a record producer from Los Angeles, California. He got his big break when he became a producer for Dr. Dre's newly founded Aftermath Records label, and went on to work with Snoop Dogg's record label Dogghouse Records (now Doggystyle Records) and became a known producer on Tha Dogg Pound-affiliated material. He has produced tracks from Kurupt's Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha and most of his next release, Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey; both released during the period the rapper had left Death Row. He has also produced for other hip hop and pop artists such as Britney Spears, Kurupt, Eminem, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Lil Kim, Hilary Duff, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Everlast, Cypress Hill, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, and The Doors.

The first child of Aida Kaileh and Karam Nassar, FredWreck was born Farid Karam Nassar on June 23, 1972. His parents met and married in Palestine and immigrated to the United States in 1967. They had 2 more children, two sons, named Omar and Salam. Salam "Wreck" went on to Dj for D12, Obie Trice, and Eminem and produced music for DMX, 50 Cent, D12, and Proof.

His father worked as a tool and die maker for AC Spark Plug, a General Motors division, and later moved the family to California to open his own grocery business. In California, FredWreck began breakdancing and DJing at local parties and school dances. This made him a regular at the local record store Upstairs Records, which led to a job at the store as one of the record buyers.

From there FredWreck landed a job doing mixes as a guest on the local radio station, which eventually led him to a weekly mix show spot, and gave him the opportunity to do remixes of songs already on the stations playlist. Record labels soon took notice of his remixes, and began buying them, and distributing them to radio stations across the country. It is at radio where FredWreck first met Sway & King Tech along with Joe Quixx, and became a member of the world famous hip hop radio show, the Wake Up Show.

Inspired by producers Dr. Dre, Mantronix, Marley Marl, and The Bomb Squad, FredWreck began experimenting with production equipment, recording techniques, and his skills as a DJ to carve out his own sound. The influence of East Coast Hip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop, Electro, Funk, Soul, Arabic and Rock helped give him a signature sound. From 1995 to 1997 he was hired by legendary Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee as an A & R executive at MCA/Universal Records where he oversaw the recordings of artists such as Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Immature, Al Green, King Tee, Shai, Bobby Brown and Soundtracks such as Dangerous Minds, Tales from the Hood, and others.

After leaving MCA/Universal, FredWreck decided to concentrate fully on production. He would give out his production CD to anyone that would listen, and it eventually ended up with Dr. Dre who called FredWreck to come in and collaborate with him in the studio. Which led to him working on the multi-platinum selling Chronic 2001.

His roommate at the time Xzibit introduced him to legendary producer Soopafly, who then also passed his beat CD on to members of the Dogg Pound, Daz and Kurupt. Which led to his production on the Kurupt album Streetz Iz A Mutha, and the chance to work with Snoop Dogg. Snoop then asked FredWreck to join his DoggyStyle Records imprint as a producer which led to production on Snoop's albums, and artists on his label such as Tha Eastsidaz.

In 2007 he partnered up with songwriter Kara Dioguardi to produce songs for pop stars Britney Spears and Hilary Duff. He received an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Album for his production on Britney's Black Out Album and Kara went on to be the new judge on American Idol.

The launch of MTV Arabia in 2007 brought FredWreck to his roots in the middle east, where he hosted a hip hop talent search across Arabia. The first season led to the discovery of many talented Arab rappers such as Omar Boflot, Desert Heat, Asfalt & Malikah. The program reached 180 million viewers and is the first such program of its kind.

In the Gumball 3000 2009 rally, FredWreck and Xzibit drove a black Lamborghini Gallardo. During the first day of the rally, Dutch police seized Xzibits driver's license for doing 160 km/h where only 100 km/h was allowed. After the penalty, FredWreck took over the wheel and they were allowed to continue. In an interview with Dutch radio personality Reinout 'Q-Bah' van Gendt, Xzibit says that he mistook the kilometers for miles. Ultimately he never got his license back from the Dutch Police and had to apply for a new one in the United States.

The STOP Movement was started by Fredwreck on April 19, 2003 . It was created to inform the world about the Iraq War . To reach more people, Fredwreck produced a series of songs with multiple artists including Everlast, Tray Deee. Defari, J-Ro, RBX, Daz Dillinger, Soopafly, Bad Azz, WC, Dilated Peoples, The Mac Minister, Mack 10, Evidence, Cypress Hill, The Alchemist, Mobb Deep and others.

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Daz Dillinger

Delmar Drew Arnaud (born May 25, 1973 in Long Beach, California), better known by his stage name Daz Dillinger (and formerly Dat Nigga Daz) is an American hip hop producer and rapper mostly known for his membership in the rap duo Tha Dogg Pound, with Kurupt, and his work with Death Row Records. He is the cousin of Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Lil' ½ Dead, and RBX.

Daz began his career on Death Row Records as a producer for co-founder Suge Knight's then-girlfriend, Paradise. He was signed to the label and subsequently began working with Dr. Dre on the breakthrough west coast album, The Chronic; during its recording, he met and grew close to future partner-in-rhyme Kurupt. The two formed Tha Dogg Pound for Doggystyle, the debut album of the record label's up-and-coming star Snoop Dogg. The critically-acclaimed album, as well as their later single "What Would You Do?", saw Tha Dogg Pound partake in the rivalry between Dr. Dre and former N.W.A. groupmate Eazy-E, by dissing artists on Eazy's Ruthless Records.

As the intercoastal rivalry escalated, and Suge Knight's increasingly intense strong-arm tactics entered the studio, head producer Dr. Dre steadily grew resentful of the label's dangerous atmosphere. Beginning with Dogg Food, which Daz produced, Dre no longer produced whole Death Row albums; in his latter days as in-house producer, he worked only with 2Pac, producing two tracks for the rapper's definitive album All Eyez on Me. Even before Dre left the label to found his own Aftermath Entertainment, Arnaud effectively took over as head producer, crafting most of the double-album's first disc and providing beats for Snoop Dogg's sophomore effort, Tha Doggfather, from which Dre's production was absent. His status as head producer was made official once Dre left, and continued on even after 2Pac's murder and the artist-exodus it initiated. During his tenure heading the label's sound, Daz contributed production to the Gridlock'd soundtrack, Lady of Rage's Necessary Roughness, and Nate Dogg's G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1. His production would also pop up on the unofficial Snoop Dogg release Dead Man Walkin put out by Suge in 2001, after Daz himself had left the label.

Dillinger went on to put out his own solo album, Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back on Death Row in 1998; Nate Dogg, Kurupt and Snoop had already left the label, followed shortly thereafter by Daz himself. During this time a short-lived beef sparked between Daz and Snoop, regarding the latter's words against Suge Knight and the former's status at the label and disses inherent in the album, which Snoop Dogg later dropped out of respect for his cousin.

After ending his tenure at Death Row, Arnaud would go on to produce for acts like Kurupt, Soopafly, and B-Legit; he put out the album R.A.W. in 2000, the flagship release for his own D.P.G. Recordz, which would for some time function as a vehicle for releasing solo albums. He and Kurupt united in 2001 for a second album, Dillinger & Young Gotti, which received mixed reviews, under the name D.P.G. (as Suge still owned rights to the name 'Tha Dogg Pound' at the time). The group unity was short-lived, as Kurupt would subsequently re-sign with Death Row, prompting his former groupmate to diss him several times in song and interviews. The feud carried on from 2002 to 2005, while Dillinger released several solo efforts, including a 'DPGC' album with Snoop Dogg, Soopafly and Bad Azz and Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP on his own.

In 2005, Daz and Kurupt reconciled their differences at a west coast unity event hosted by Snoop Dogg; Kurupt proceeded to leave Death Row a second time, procuring rights to the name of Tha Dogg Pound and re-forming the duo with his former partner, who on his part ended his brief tenure at Jermaine Dupri's So So Def. The duo immediately commenced to releasing albums, including Dillinger & Young Gotti II: The Saga Continuez, the Let'z Ryde Tonite EP and Cali iz Active with Snoop Dogg as the DPG. Their next proper album came in the form of 2007's Dogg Chit. In the works for Daz are two Dogg Pound releases, one entitled 100 Wayz--formerly Westcoast Aftershocc--and one produced in conjunction with Pete Rock. August 1, 2008, Daz Dillinger offered the new owners of Death Row Records to record videos for Dogg Food; he also plans to repackage and release unreleased material.

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Tha Dogg Pound

Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap duo made up of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. They were signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key to the label's success. The group made their 1992 rap debut on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, on various songs. They also appeared on Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle, and the Death Row soundtracks Murder Was The Case and Above The Rim. Their debut album Dogg Food was released in 1995. It was another addition to the controversy of hardcore hip hop due to the sexual and violent lyrics and went on to sell three million albums.

Kurupt and Daz went on to release solo albums starting in 1998. They had both eventually left the crumbling Death Row Records in 1999 after Daz left due to long-lasting internal struggles on the label after friend and labelmate Tupac Shakur's murder in 1996. Kurupt started Antra Records, while Daz started D.P.G. Recordz. In 2002 a feud arose between the two when Kurupt decided to sign back with Death Row Records, upsetting everyone involved with the group. His awaited Death Row release Against Tha Grain had been postponed several times while Kurupt was on the label, later being released in August 2006, after he was off. In January 2005, Daz made another solo album release titled Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP. Tha Dogg Pound then got back together as a group and released Dillinger & Young Gotti II in November 2005. In 2006 Snoop Dogg decided to get involved and the three released their official reunion album Cali Iz Active.

An extended family, referred to as D.P.G.C. (short for Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips), has over time been made up of Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Soopafly. The members of the DPGC are commonly featured on each other's albums and projects.

Before the The Chronic album came out, Tha Dogg Pound consisted of Daz, Kurupt, and later Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg & Soopafly. They instantly took the West Coast music industry by storm. When Snoop's debut album Doggystyle was released in 1993 it looked like Tha Dogg Pound was shortened to just Daz and Kurupt.

In 1995, Daz and Kurupt released their debut album Dogg Food under Death Row Records. The album debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 and went on to reach 2x platinum status. In October towards the end of the same year 2Pac Shakur had been bailed out of jail by Death Row's Suge Knight and was immediately introduced into the Death Row family and became good friends with Tha Dogg Pound especially.

In 1996, they were featured on 2Pac's legendary and widely acclaimed Death Row Records debut All Eyez on Me with Daz Dillinger producing the hit songs "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted", "Ambitionz Az A Ridah", and "I Ain't Mad At Cha" among other tracks which solidifed his status as a talented and successful producer. In early September of the same year, Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kurupt and Daz were deeply affected by this and struggled to release anything after Shakur's passing. 7 years later in a 2003 interview, Daz stated that he now believed Suge Knight was responsible for Shakur's murder.

In 1998 Kurupt left Death Row but remained in Tha Dogg Pound. Kurupt released two solo albums in 1998 (Kuruption!) and 1999 (Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha) that had Daz and the rest of DPG on them. However, in 1998 Daz was making noise of his own over at Death Row and released his only Death Row album (Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back) which went gold. Afterwards he made his own label called Mobstyle Muzik, in which he had his first taste of the independent scene. Mobstyle's first release Poppa Snoop Presents Mobstyle Muzik Volume 1 failed and Daz returned to Death Row. He later started up DPG Recordz along with Christopher "Big C-Style" Bowden through Death Row Records.

Daz also eventually parted ways with Death Row in late 1999 and released his first independent album R.A.W. in 2000. That was followed by the D.P.G. album from Tha Dogg Pound entitled Dillinger & Young Gotti. After Tha Dogg Pound's full departure from Death Row, Suge Knight claimed ownership of the name "Tha Dogg Pound" and any tracks recorded prior to them leaving. To avoid a legal battle at the time Daz changed their marketing name to D.P.G. short for Dogg Pound Gangstaz. In 2001, Suge Knight released a Dogg Pound album entitled "2002" which consisted of unreleased Dogg Pound tracks. Daz has been quoted as saying this album was "bullshit", and even claimed to have raided Death Row Records vaults during one of Suge Knight's incarcerations and stole back as many DPG songs as he could find. Most of which were Soopafly's songs and featured on his 2001 solo album Dat Whoopty Woop.

Over the years the Dogg Pound had beef with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, due to Death Row Records being embroiled in a feud with Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. The Dogg Pound made a diss towards The Bone Thugs, on the song Dogg Pound Gangstaz, with Kurupt's line "Ain't got no love for no hoes in harmony." In response Layzie Bone shot back on the track Shots to tha Double Glock with the line "Dogg Pound hoes it's on." "Krayzie Bone says "Gotta find these 'Row Hoes" in the song "Mo' Murda" off the East 99 album. The feud ended when Snoop Dogg and Kurupt were featured on Krayzie Bone's album Thug Mentality 1999 in the song The War Iz On. Krayzie Bone also features on Daz Dillinger's 2008 solo album Only on the Left Side on the song Meal Ticket.

Tha Dogg Pound were also involved in a feud with B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta. In response to Eazy-E's Real Muthaphukkin G's and Kokane & Cold 187um's "Don't Bite The Funk", Tha Dogg Pound along with Snoop Dogg made a track called What Would You Do with such lines as: "Fuck B.G. Knocc Out and every nigga down with him." Later B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta retaliated with the song D.P.G. Killa, on their debut album Real Brothas. They have since squashed the beef and released a song called Blaze it up, as a bonus track on Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Chit album.

In late 2002, Kurupt shocked the entire DPGC and fans alike, when he wound up signing back to Death Row Records as vice president under Suge Knight. It is believed Kurupt was nostalgic of the former Death Row days when Shakur was alive and wished to restore that glory somehow and stay true to the Death Row persona. Daz, Soopafly, Snoop, Terry Choe a.k.a Teezy and the rest of DPGC viewed this as betrayal and took many shots and dissed Kurupt harshly for making the move. Kurupt did the same claiming they all were wrong to have turned their backs on Death Row. They declared war between both camps and that he was not the one who changed, rather them.

The rap duo heavily dissed each other from 2003 to late 2004, both recording diss albums against each other. Daz took aim at Kurupt and Death Row with his single U Ain't Shit featuring Bad Azz and another song I Don't Give a Fucc which is sung over the beat to 50 Cent's In Da Club. Kurupt responded heavily with his Originals album which featured many disses throughout nearly every song, most notably the bonus track Eat a Dicc (Fucc Daz).

It was like that until early 2005 when Kurupt and Daz made a truce. The struggling Death Row failed to promote and release Kurupt's album "Against Tha Grain" and the duo began to feel remorse for one another. Kurupt left Death Row apparently along with their former "Tha Dogg Pound" alias and reunited with Daz. The duo started rapping together again and even made a new album together entitled "Dillinger & Young Gotti II: Tha Saga Continuez." After The Western Conference in 2005 the two of them agreed to revitalize the DPGC by working together once again on an album with Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, Warren G and Nate Dogg, with Snoop taking over the producing and distributing tasks for it.

Tha Dogg Pound then released a joint venture reunion comeback project the next year in 2006 called Cali Iz Active under the aegis of Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle Records with the main single "Cali Iz Active" featuring Snoop Dogg and a wide range of new producers throughout the album. The album wasn't received with much acclaim and the various producers did not seem to fit the Daz and Kurupt style leaving fans reminiscent of the G-funk sound that Cali Iz Active lacked.

Several months later their next album entitled Dogg Chit was released independently on March 27, 2007; with the single Vibe also featuring Snoop Dogg. This album goes back to their G-funk roots with a reminiscent style similar to Dogg Food and features Daz Dillinger back as the main producer on almost every song. The album cover is very similar to the Dogg Food album cover, and the album was successfully received by DPG fans and G-funk fans as a solid Dogg Pound album.

In August 2007 it was announced that Tha Dogg Pound had signed to Birdman's Cash Money Records. Their next album was expected to be entitled Westcoast Aftershocc but has since been postponed in favor of the 100 Wayz album due to, in short, Cash Money not being able to raise the required money for the project. The contract had since been apparently ended but in a later interview Kurupt stated the deal is still on the table but only postponed. Daz Dillinger did however leak the singles entitled "Ch-Ching" and "Mystic River" which would have promoted the new deal and album. The deal with Cash Money and the Westcoast Aftershocc album is still on the table but is on hold as the duo pursues other projects. The single "Ch-Ching" was later released along with other unreleased tracks on Tha Dogg Pound's online iTunes album entitled Let's Ryde 2Night EP. Mystic River is now likely to be the main single off of Kurupt's upcoming new solo album History of Violence. Westcoast Aftershocc is in production for a 2009 release on Cash Money Records.

100 Wayz features Pharrell on the club single Cheat released in early 2008. Daz will be producing most of the album but also features producers such as Pete Rock, Swizz Beatz and Hi-Tek. Cheat was followed up with the street singles They Don't Want It featuring Soopafly and Get My Drink On & My Smoke On to promote the album heading into the summer. 100 Wayz was expected to be released in the summer of 2008 but has since been delayed as Tha Dogg Pound seeks an optimal distribution deal for the album. Tha Dogg Pound recently released their latest single and video Y'all Know What I'm Doin featuring Turf Talk with a brand new album cover. A release date for the album was aimed at January of 2009.

Tha Dogg Pound has been nominated for one Grammy Award but has not yet won an award as of 2008.

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Digital Smoke

Digital Smoke cover

Digital Smoke is a collaboration album by West Coast rapper Kurupt and West Coast rapper/producer J. Wells. The album was released June 5, 2007. It features many other rappers such as Tha Alkaholiks, Roscoe, Goodie Mob, Knoc-turn'al, and Kokane. There is also a music video for the song "All We Smoke" featuring cameo appearances by Bishop Lamont, 40 Glocc & Glasses Malone.

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The HRSMN

The HRSMN (aka The Four Horsemen) are an American hip hop group that has released one album entitled The Horsemen Project. The group consists of the platinum and gold selling artists, Canibus, Ras Kass, Killah Priest, and Kurupt. The name of the group is in reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who appear in the Book of Revelation from the Bible. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are traditionally named Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death. Throughout the HRSMN songs, there are many references to each of the members representing one of these entities. They have each frequently appeared on each of the members solo albums, such as Canibus's 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus) and Killah Priest's Priesthood. Other affiliated members include Chino XL and Pharoahe Monch (who acted as the hype man on the leaked Im A Horseman (Promo) and also rapped on Horsemen from Canibus's 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus)).

On April 9, Chino XL's debut album Here to Save You All was released, it featured the first collaboration between Chino XL and Ras Kass on the track titled Riiiot!.

On January 14, the Rhyme & Reason: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released, it featured the first collaboration between Ras Kass and Canibus on a track entitled Uni-4-Orm.

Late in March a white label appeared featuring a HRSMN track titled Abide By. The track featured the same lyrics as later heard in Horsementality (from Canibus's 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus)), and the beat was from the E-Swift produced Hip Hop Drunkies from the album Likwidation by Tha Alkaholiks. On September 22 Ras Kass's second album Rasassination was released, it featured the first collaboration between Ras Kass and Kurupt.

In February in an interview for The Source, Kurupt stated that Dr. Dre and Daz Dillinger would be helping with production on the HRSMN album. As of now the idea of Dr. Dre and Daz Dillinger handling production on a HRSMN album has never come to fruition. On October 19 Pharoahe Monch's debut solo album Internal Affairs was released, it featured the first collaboration between Canibus and Pharoahe Monch.

On May 9 Killah Priest's second album View from Masada was released. The album featured two HRSMN collaborations, the first was a song called What Part of the Game? which featured Ras Kass, and the second was Bop Your Head which featured Canibus. There is also a shoutout in the sleave stating "Four Horsemen, Canibus, Ras Kass, (Kurupt catch you on the next one)", meaning he was planning on working with Kurupt on his next album. The words "Horsemen, Horsemen" are also briefly repeated by Killah Priest on the outro track.

On August 20 in an interview with RapReviews.com Canibus shed some light on the status of the HRSMN. He stated the name would be changed from "The Four Horsemen" to just "Horsemen", and under this title Ras Kass, Pharoahe Monch, Killah Priest, and Kurupt would be appearing on his new album, 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus). He also mentions the idea of other members joining the group, such as Lonnie B and Danja Mowf (from the Supafriendz), and that they are currently looking for more members.

In September Killah Priest stated in an interview that he had not spoken to Ras Kass since he had been locked up but he did say "we’re still going to do the HRSMN joint." Later on in the same month ripthejacker.net reported that Canibus had "been quite busy along with Killah Priest and Ras Kass. They have begun re-recording and building the HRSMN album! It will feature a cast of emcees not before a part of the group and it will be out the Summer of 2004 on Mic Club. Updates will be included in a new Media News section at Micclub.net so stay tuned." Unfortunately a HRSMN album was never released in 2004 on Mic Club and a "Media News" section on the website never appeared. Also in September during an interview Canibus sparked rumors that other members would be joining the group such as Crooked I, Pak Man, Kool G Rap, Royce Da 5'9", Keith Murray, Journalist, Common, Rakim, Vinnie Paz (from Jedi Mind Tricks), Pace Won and Young Zee (from the Outsidaz), and Lonnie B and Danja Mowf (from the Supafriendz), as of yet it has still not been confirmed whether they will actually be included in the group.

In October, Killah Priest and Dreddy Kruger released a nine track album entitled The Horsemen Project, it was released independently through Think Differently Music/Proverbs Music Inc. and was only available to purchase off the internet. Each track featured at least two members of the group as well as an appearance by Pak Man. It is currently unknown who handled the majority of the production on the album, although it is known that Mark Sparks was responsible for two songs.

During January in an interview conducted by AllHipHop.com, Ras Kass stated that Kurupt had contacted him while he was in prison, and that he was currently looking for a major label to distribute a new HRSMN album. On February 18 it was announced that Killah Priest would be appearing on Chino XL's next album, Poison Pen.

During March an apparently unreleased HRSMN track was to emerge on Pak Man's debut album Chow Time, unfortunately the track turned out to be the previously released Horsemen Are Here (which also featured on The Horsemen Project under the shorter title Horsemen). Once again during March, another apparently unreleased HRSMN track was set to appear in the form of a collaboration with Canibus and Kurupt. The track, titled Not 4 Play, was scheduled to appear on Canibus's new album Mind Control, unfortunately it turned out to be the previously released Scrolls from The Horsemen Project.

For an interview conducted with ThaFormula.com, Killah Priest stated that various members have tracks that were recorded, and he hopes that they can once again come together.

Early in November in an interview with HipHopSite.com Ras Kass stated that once he can sort out his own "business" he would be interest in recording a new HRSMN album. On November 18 in an interview conducted with HipHopDX.com Ras Kass once again stated his interest in working with the HRSMN. On November 24 in an interview conducted with ChinoXL-Central.com, Chino XL sated that he has worked with each of the main members of the HRSMN, and he hopes that a new HRSMN album would eventually appear. Towards the end of November during an interview conducted by WuForever.com Killah Priest stated that a new HRSMN album would be recorded.

On January 23 it was announced that the main members will be present on Killah Priest's upcoming album The Offering. On March 17 the Chino XL album Poison Pen was released featuring the Killah Priest collaboration Beastin. On Killah Priest's May 1 journal entry at HipHopGame.com he mentioned the HRSMN and the possibility of a new album. He said "The Horsemen project is definitely going to come. Right now we just have to get Kurupt. He's been doing the Dogg Pound thing, but it's definitely going to come. We have songs recorded and we have more in store." On November 29 on Phathom's MySpace page, a track featuring Canibus, Chino XL and Crooked I was released, it also appeared on his album Poetical Minded.

On the Canibus album For Whom the Beat Tolls Killah Priest is featured together with Sun on the track Liquid Wordz. The HRSMN also collaborate on Killah Priest's album The Offering on the song "Inner G", produced by 4th Disciple.

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