THA DOGG POUND BIOGRAPHY:
Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), are a group made up of Kurupt, Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger. They were all signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key reasons in the labels huge success.
An extended family, referred to as D.P.G.C. (Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips), has over time been made up of Daz, Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Soopafly, RBX, Warren G, Tray Deee, Bad Azz, Lil' 1/2 Dead, Big C-Style, Lil' C-Style, Lady of Rage, E-White, Goldie Loc, Roscoe, and Twinz.
Tha Dogg Pound first consisted of Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt, and later Snoop. The group instantly took the westcoast music industry by storm, but when Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle was released in 1993 it looked like Tha Dogg Pound was shortened to just Daz and Kurupt.
Tha Dogg Pound made their rap debut on Dr. Dre's The Chronic released in 1992, on various songs. They also appeared on Snoop's classic album Doggystyle, and the Death Row soundtracks Murder Was The Case and Above The Rim. The groups solo album, Dogg Food, was released in 1995. It was another successfull release from the Death Row Records roster. The album debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell over 3 million copies. Unfortunately though, Dogg Food didn't match the success of preceding Death Row releases; it spawned two minor hits -- "Let's Play House" featuring Nate Dogg and "New York, New York," featuring Snoop Dogg, yet for the most part, the album was considered a slight disappointment.
In 1996, they were featured on 2Pac's (Tupac Shakur) legendary and widely acclaimed Death Row Records debut album All Eyez on Me. Kurupt also produced a number of tracks for 2Pac's All Eyez on Me and Snoop Dogg's Tha Doggfather album, also released in 1996 on Death Row Records.
Following their debut album Dogg Food, Daz and Kurupt both went on to work on solo albums. Daz released 'Retaliation, Revenge & Get Back' in 1998, and Kurupt dropped his solo effort 'Kuruption!' in the same year also. But unfortuantely both albums were even less successful than thier joint preceeding album 'Dogg Food' in terms of record sales.
Dogg Pound's fellow Death Row artist and friend 2pac (Tupac Shakur, aka Makaveli) was shot in a drive-by style shooting in Las Vegas on September 13th, 1996, dying from his injuries in hospital 7 days later. He was without a doubt the labels most talented artist, aswell as the most controversial, in fact many people believe today that without him, Death Row would not have been anywere near as successfull as it was.
By 1998, Death Row's reign over hip-hop had long ended, especially now without its 'main man' 2pac. The Dogg Pound duo were also been criticized for being second-rate relative to the other Death Row artists, which was perhaps an unfair comparison, but these events eventually led to Kurupt deciding it was best for him to leave Death Row Records, although he stayed a member of Tha Dogg Pouund. Kurupt started Antra Records, and released the album 'Kuruption!', and then in 1999 he followed that album up with 'Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha'. Both albums recieved modest success, and had Daz and the rest of DPG featuring on them.
Daz also tried to release an album he recorded with the now deceased 2pac, or 'Makaveli' as he was called on Death Row. The album was entitled 'Makaveli & Dillenger' but was blocked from been released by 2pac's mum, Afaeni Shakur who by this time owned the rights to her son's unreleased music he recorded on Death Row Records. Daz retaliated to Afeni's move on the album by leaking it to fans on the internet, probalby to stop her profiting from the album herself, and also for some well needed publicity for Daz and DPG.
However, in 1998 Daz was making noise of his own, still over at Death Row, by making his own label called Mobstyle Muzik, which was 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. In 1999 he started up DPG Recordz along with Christopher "Big C-Style" Bowden through Death Row Records. Daz eventually parted ways with Death Row and 'fell off the radar' before released his first independent album 'R.A.W.' in 2000.
Yet with Dre's return in 2000 and the steady West Coast rap renaissance that began as a result, Death Row dug through their vaults again, as they had done before for Snoop Dogg and 2Pac releases. They assembled what would eventually surface as 'Tha Dogg Pound 2002'. The album was released on July 31, 2001, and featured appearances by the likes of 2Pac, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, a remix of Jay-Z's "Change the Game" featuring the Roc-A-Fella clique, and a Dr. Dre produced lead single, "Just Doggin." The album was a solid release and seemed to re-comfirm that D.P.G. had great talent and were a big part of westcoast rap. Kurupt and Daz released their own album 'Dillinger & Young Gotti', that same year, but the album had very low sales.
In late 2002, Kurupt went back to his roots and returned to Suge Knight's Death Row Records. Daz, Snoop and the rest of DPG took many shots and dissed Kurupt for making the move back to the controversial label. Kurupt did the same and declared war between both camps once again. It remained the same between them until early 2005 when Kurupt and Daz made a truce. They started rapping again and even made a new album together. After The Western Conference in 2005 the two of them agreed to revitalize the group with Snoop and Nate Dogg joining too, with Snoop taking over the producing and distributing tasks.
The Dogg Pound have recently released a joint venture reunion comeback project called 'Cali Iz Active' under the aegis of Doggystyle Records.
Their next album, entitled "Dogg Chit", is scheduled to be released early 2007.
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