Greatness Hip-Hop In Appreciation of

In Appreciation of: Kurupt

What would happen if the lyricism of Rakim was combined with the vivid street tales of Kool G. Rap and the style of a young Snoop Doggy Dogg?

The outcome would be one Ricardo Brown, better known to the world as Kurupt.

Hip-Hop Music Rap

We’re So Spoiled by the Availability of Music That We Don’t Appreciate It

I have a confession to make: I didn’t love Enter the Wu-Tang [36 Chambers] the first time I heard it. Actually, I kinda sorta didn’t even like it. I know that’s like the Pope saying he didn’t dig the Bible the first time he read it, but it’s true.

Hip-Hop Rap

Classic Non-Album Cuts: Nate Dogg (Guest Appearances)


He was the soul of G-Funk.

Greatness Hip-Hop Rap

Compton to Long Beach: The Ultimate Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg Mixtape


Technically speaking, Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg have never made an album together.


Classic Non-Album Cuts: Tha Dogg Pound


Tha Dogg Pound are hip-hop legends.

The Musical Outcast

Does the Album Still Have a Place in Music?


Back in 2009, I wrote a blog post for XXL in which I wondered if mixtapes were becoming better – and more important – than albums. My contention was that there are certain artists – Jadakiss, for example – that are better suited for the mixtape circuit, so they should really be judged on their work therein as much as for their retail releases.

Hip-Hop Rap

Requiem for the Hip-Hop Soundtrack


Let us all bow our heads and take a moment to remember the hip-hop soundtrack.

Flashback Friday Flop

Flashback Friday Flop: “Tha Doggfather”


This is the first entry of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I will examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time. I’ve done this sort of thing before – regarding The Firm album back in 2012 as well as a book defending a few artists and projects that I feel were overlooked, but these projects will all be new territory for me.

This week: Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Tha Doggfather (1996)

It’s clear that Dr. Dre saw what was coming. He left Death Row Records, the label he co-founded, with no equipment, no masters, no artists, nothing. That was the price he paid to be allowed to leave his own company. And he did it willingly.

Among the people he left behind was his star protégé, Snoop Doggy Dogg, who had just been acquitted of murder and was prepping his long-awaited and highly-anticipated second album.