Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound (1995)

16Feb11

I knew I was going to buy this album the moment it came out, mostly because I thought that every track would sound like ‘Ain’t No Fun’ from Snoop’s debut record. It didn’t quite live up to those expectations (tracks 12 & 13 came close) but regardless Dogg Food turned out to be a decent rap CD for its time. Daz & Kurupt were the guys who kept showing up with smooth verses on Snoop and Dre’s tracks, and this was their time to shine. The record actually did sell really well, but overall it lacked personality without a charismatic frontman to keep the fans’ interest.

Snoop fans…the Doggfather is all over this album, so check it out if you’re looking for obscure verses. And any fan of Dre will recognize the beats and sounds at play throughout Dogg Food. The album as a whole is really consistent with what the fans wanted out of this crew, but Daz & Kurupt’s laid back personalities probably contributed to the forgettable legacy of this record. Don’t get me wrong…both guys are accomplished rappers, and this album is a great party record. But it’s not really debatable that Tha Dogg Pound as a group didn’t have much staying power like the rest of their crew. Either way, any rap fan could listen to this album start-to-finish and love it.

Dogg Food saw the return of WBALZ 187.4 to the airwaves, which means solid comedic interludes throughout! “Wake yo goat mouf ass up!” Tha Pound made a little noise on the radio with ‘New York, New York’ and ‘Let’s Play House’, but I personally find both of those tracks to be pretty weak compared to the rest of what’s here. ‘Ridin, Slippin and Slidin’ wins the award for best song with the worst name. And I liked ‘Cyco-Lic-No’ and ‘Smooth’ a lot. But the underrated cut ‘I Don’t Like to Dream About Gettin Paid’ probably should have been pushed out to MTV in my opinion. A Nate Dogg hook and a classic funk beat would have set them up perfectly for a pool party video that Carson Daly could show to 14 year-old white girls all summer! I’d have no problem with Dogg Food at a party, driving, or whatever. It’s one of those CDs you could just put in and hit Play without having to skip any tracks. But I’m not gonna act like it’s a classic. It’s a solid representative of mid-90s rap, so I’m glad it’s in my collection.

music turtle recommends: WAKE YO GOAT MOUF ASS UP!

What do you think about this album? Comment below

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One Response to “Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound (1995)”

  1. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him.

    Pretty sure he will have a goo read. Thanks for sharing!


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