March 7, 2016

Dogg Pound - Dogg Food (1995)

There are few albums that I have a harder time in finding a flaw than Dogg Pound's buried classic. Its consistency is on the level of All Eyez On Me and its cohesiveness might even edge out what's on Doggystyle. Kurupt and Daz are incredibly skilled rappers, and although they aren't as immediately recognizable as Snoop, but they make up for it with impeccable flows and appropriate word-choice and voice command to bring out the strength in their influential rhythms. A lot of producers tend to be weak rappers as they approach lyricism with the writing process through the same methods of their beatmaking process, but the underrated Daz Dillinger is far from falling into this trap--he brings plenty of skill and originality to this album as a rapper. Kurupt grew up in the East and honed some of the most recognizable lyricism to the West coast as a result; nobody quite had that East/West fusion he had in his lyrics and his rhythm; dude is simply the greatest spitter of all time. The album maintains one hell of a West coast G-funk mood and is basically GTA: San Andreas in album form. Daz employs Dr. Dre and his armada of engineers and mixers behind him to make this water tight and as smooth as possible (I actually think Dre is a more talented at mastering tracks then he is at producing them). Those same 808's Daz used on Doggystyle come back on Dogg Food and if you you liked the chilled-out feel of songs like Ain't No Fun, then you're in luck because this is basically an album full of that. Dogg Food might have some classic tracks like New York, New York and Let's Play House, but there is no track that really rises above the rest, yet gets as close to a perfect album as possible on how nicely this thing flows alone. Not sure why this album didn't generate the same kind of attention as the other classic Death Row records, maybe it's because Daz and Kurupt weren't universal celebrities, but this is right there with All Eyez, Doggystyle, and The Chronic.


Dogg Food