As the beginning of the semester starts for most of you out there, what better way to enjoy the first Sunday with a little bit of G-Funk. Continuing the latest series, let’s take a look at the classic album Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound.
There is plenty that can be said about one of the signature records of the Death Row era. The album has since gone 2x Patinum and remains one of Hip-Hop’s classics. Kurupt’s flow and lyricism were both at a level above many other artists in the industry at the time, and Daz Dillinger was making a name as a signature West Coast producer alongside Dr. Dre. However, controversy tended to come along with the talent at this time in their careers.
With Tha Dogg Pound brand being born in a time where the East Coast vs. West Coast battle was at it’s peak, Dogg Food served as a great medium to deliver a message. On the song “New York, New York”, and especially in the video, where Snoop Dogg can be seen crushing New York buidings, the message of West Coast supremacy was very prevalent. While the song may not have been as direct as 2Pac’s “Hit Em Up”, it was still enough to rile up a couple artists on the East Coast.
Capone-n-Noreaga, Tragedy Khadafi, and Mobb Deep responded with a track called “L.A., L.A.”, including a video with an equal amount of insulting visuals.
Snoop Dogg has actually said recently that he has always had love for the East, and wasn’t trying to be as involved in the rivalry as some of the other artists; but when his intentions were read wrong and still displayed to a wider audience, it was harder to convince anyone otherwise (not to mention his controversial speech at The Source Awards).
However, through all of the controversy (including other lyrics on the project aimed at Eazy-E), Dogg Food still remains an amazing body of work. Daz’s work on the keys was a major factor for a G-Funk Movement that was already in full force. Songs like “Do What I Feel” and “Respect” are perfect examples of the signature DPGC sound.