As anyone who has read my stuff before can tell you I am a huge Kurupt fan and of anything of the DPG's. I am a huge West Coast hip hop fan and of course must have everything that comes out of there especially from Kurupt/DPG/Death Row. So I was all about getting this album when it was released and it did not disappoint at all.
1.THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW-great opening track with that sick production team of Daz and Soopafly, very eerie Death Row sound on this one. This track is basically all about the past from the Death Row days to now. Daz kicks it off first with his gangsta style flow talking about them old days. Kurupt kills this one though with a sick flow letting loose on his past. I love these kinda tracks when they go back and speak on the Death Row days.
2.ATTITUDE PROBLEM-this one has been out for a while since it is really a remix of a song from Daz's "Only on the Left Side" album. Still it is cool to see this one get an official release and any fan of Swizz Beatz or Cassidy may pick this up because of their features. This one is produced by Swizz Beatz who gives the Pound a pretty good beat but he has produced much better. Still it kinda fits especially for Kurupt's battle raps style. Swizz is also on the hook for this song and does a decent job I guess as Daz starts it off. Daz does his thing but his style doesn't really fit the beat. Kurupt on the other hand sounds excellent over this track with his flow, and he kills it. Cassidy sounds great over this track as well with his East Coast flow matching the production.
3.DEEPEEGEE-I love the feel and sound of this one with its old school smoothness, vintage Cali work. Soopafly really brings his A game with this one right here with the smooth production. This one really fits the DPG flow and style and this would have been perfect for "Cali Iz Active" since it showcases that style. Daz once again kicks it off with his usual style and flow but I love that he touches on the So So Def issue. His laid back flow fits the beat perfect beat. Also I love the low keys during the track, don't know why but it fits oh so well. Kurupt of course is next up and completely does his thing with a great verse and is also on the hook. The final verse is half and half with Daz dropping gems first followed by the Kingpin Kurupt who once again kills it.
4.ROLLIN'N A DROP TOP-Soopafly returns to produce another hit for Tha Pound with another smooth production. From the bass to the keys and everything it is perfect and to be honest it is so good based on the production it could be a single. Daz and Kurupt trade on and off just laying out that good old school West Coast feel. The hook is wonderful with A Dubb releasing some perfect vocals that match the instrumental. Also Snoop Dogg is in the house for this track providing extra vocals during the hook and intro/outros.
5.GET $ PAID-and after those two smooth tracks we continue that trend with another laid back smooth bass track. This time produced by Daz, I.V., and of course Soopafly all working together for this perfect track. The first verse is handled by both Kurupt and Daz with the Kingpin starting it out with some great looking back and feeling young lyrics. Daz is up next and really sounds great on this track. A Dubb returns to provide vocals once again on the hook followed by Kurupt on another great verse about getting money. Daz of course ends the album with another stellar performance from him. This is another track that sounds kinda vintage.
6.GET IT GET IT-this one sounds like it would have been right at home on the first "Dillinger & Young Gotti" album with that eerie gangsta feel to it. Daz and I.V. return on the production side of things providing this slow bass and keys driven track. Daz is first up with his bravado flow and lyrics all about cash and guns and murder. Kurupt is up next after the hook by both guys which fits the production perfect. Of course you know Kurupt rips it up with a flow perfectly fitting the style of the track. Kurupt really laces this track with a killer verse, love that battle style of his. Then his little brother Roscoe finishes off the song with a great verse with a battle rap style like big bro.
7.HOW LOW-the next track on this album is the club track that is meant for the ladies to be moving that stuff to. This thumping beat is provided by Problem who also drops a verse on the song. Daz starts it off and sounds right at home on this subject followed by Problem who really kills this track. Problem sounded perfect on this track and dropped a great verse about the ladies. Kurupt is up next and like one would know he completely steals the show with a wonderful flow and verse. This one is perfect for rides with good systems, another good track but sounds like a lot of other stuff.
8.INSANITY-Soopafly returns on the production and also is on the track and he really fits this track. Dawaun Parker assists Soopafly on the instrumental which really is Soopa's style more so than Kurupt or Daz. Kurupt drops the first verse and adjusts to the production as does Daz in the next verse, their flows fit the beat well but it isn't what they usually do still the verses are good. The hook is perfect for this style of production and fits the track well about the ladies, Soopafly did a great job on the hook for this one. Like I said this one would have made a better track for Soopafly himself but still it is good.
9.MONEY FOLD'N-next up is the single from the album and rightfully so with this extra silky track featuring Krayzie Bone. This track is absolutely perfect and is without a doubt a hip hop classic, not just a DPG classic. Daz did a superb job on the production with this track sampling Ready For The World's "Love You Down" song perfectly. Honestly this is one of the best tracks from all three of these guys ever and all have dropped classics. The hook from Krayzie, Gail Gotti and Kurupt is just as smooth as the beat and Krayzie completely destroys the track with his opening verse that matches the R&B vibe of the track. Kurupt switches up the flow to match the style of the song and like Krayzie kills the track switching between smooth and a quick flow. Daz completely steps his game up and spits it kinda quick and fits the instrumental perfectly and honestly rivals the other two for best verse. To be honest each verse and flow is unique and only adds to the greatness of the song. CLASSIC song in the music world for sure and what makes it even better is that Bone Thugs and Tha Dogg Pound were once enemies during the Death Row vs. Ruthless days. The fact that there was no video on TV kills me because this would have been a hit.
10.NO MO POLICE BRUTALITY-it is obvious from the title of the song what this song is about but the surprising thing about this song is the production. Lil Jon is behind the boards on this track and gives a very unique instrumental to Tha Pound and I love it. Obviously you know what this track is about and to be honest Daz holds it down on this song with an excellent verse. Kurupt does his thing on here as well but I got to give it up to Dillinger on this one.
11.ON & ON-this one right here samples Notorious B.I.G.'s voice for the hook kinda like T.I.'s "Bring Em' Out" track for a quick example did with Jay Z. Daz and Soopafly provided one of the best beats on the album that has a high energy and fits the flow of the two stars of the album. Kurupt kicks it off with an excellent verse with a laid back flow spitting battle raps. Daz is up next and sounds excellent over this instrumental with his distinctive flow. The final verse starts out with Daz Dilly killing the beat followed by Kurupt who ends it with a nice verse.
12.THEY DON'T WANT IT-the next track is absolutely one of the best on the album produced marvelously by Soopafly who destroys the track with a verse as well. The beat switches up every now and then and is in few words excellent. Now all three destroy this track with some of the best verses from each. Now these are not your average 16 bar verses no, these are full out letting loose on a track verses. Soopafly drops one of his best over one of his best tracks and basically kills it. Daz shines as well with one of the best of his career and may be one of his best since leaving Death Row. Over course this battle style beat is perfect for Kurupt who absolutely kills the track with ease. I recommend listening to this track especially Kurupt's part if you want to hear one of the best and most lethal verses ever recorded. Could be the best song on the album, CLASSIC.
13.THA LIQUOR STORE-Daz & I.V. reunite to produce another track for the album and this one has that classic DPG feel to it. The beat is lighthearted sounding and easy on the ears. Kurupt sounds great on this track and drops gems once more. I like the instrumental during the hook a lot for some reason. Daz ends things and sounds great over the bouncy lighthearted beat as it fits his style easily.
14.U GETS NUTHIN-this song is produced and features Los on the hook and he adds a unique sound to the album. The instrumental is 100% perfect for the radio and makes for a good single, the hook is good from Los as well. Kurupt kicks it off about the ladies trying to play you for your money followed by Daz speaking on the same type of girl. This also has a video for the song on the net so you may want to check that out.
15.CHEAT-the original first single or should I say street single that has been out for a while, this one also has a great video for it. The production for this song from Daz, I.V., and Tekneek is excellent and adds to the atmosphere of the song. Daz kicks it off with a great verse followed Kurupt who kills this one with a great flow. The two split the final verse about what they want the ladies with someone to do. If you want to check out a video I recommend this one. Nice bouncy precision production.
16.WESTSIDE RYDIN-Fredwreck finally stops by to drop this excellent beat for Tha Pound and it was well worth the wait. The beat has that hardcore Death Row sound to it with some eerie effects and keys. Kurupt smashes this track to bits with lethal lyrics and a killer flow. Daz as well sounds great over this track and drops a great verse.
17.YALL KNOW WHAT IM DOIN-another single from the album that has a video for it on the net, this one features that bay area sound. Speaking of bay area Turk Talk stops by to drop a verse and hook for the Pound on this one. Daz and I.V. return to produce a hyphy style bay track for all to get stupid on. Kurupt is first and gets cockier with the flow and verse which is perfect for the beat. Next up is Turf Talk who fits the style of the production to a t followed by Daz who does his thing over it. Overall another nice track on the album.
18.GET MY DRINK ON & MY SMOKE ON-Daz and I.V. once again bless the album with another classic because this could be my favorite production from them, the beat is epic sounding to me. I love the way this track sounds and the flows of both are so on point for this one. I am sure you can tell what the track is about and Daz starts it out with one of his best verses. Kurupt fits this beat so well I can't wait to hear him on more tracks that sound like this. The final verse is split by the two and they end it so well as it is one of my favorites on the album.
19.HOW THA WEST WAS WON-the final track fits the title so well because it kinda has a western kinda feel to it so it fits the west very well. I really like the sound of this track and the instruments that were used for it. Daz kicks it off with a nice verse followed by Kurupt who sounds right at home on this track. Both do a great job on the closing Daz produced track with Daz and Kurupt trading the verses. Kurupt ends the song and the album with a nice verse.
This was a great album from Tha Dogg Pound that was originally supposed to be the 100 Wayz album I think. But they did release an album later called “100 Wayz” that I consider one of their best.
This is a great album from Kurupt and Daz, knoewn together as the Dogg Pound. Th eproduction on this album is great and every one comes correct on the mic. Each has their own style and they mesh well together.
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