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Tha Dogg Pound
"Dogg Food"

© Death Row/Interscope Rec Year of Release: 1995

track listing
  • Intro
  • Dogg Pound Gangstaz
  • Respect
  • New York New York
  • Smooth
  • Cyco-Lic-No
  • Ridin' Slipin' And
  • Big Pimpin 2
  • Let's Play House
  • I Don't Like To Dream
    About Getting Paid
  • Do What I Feel
  • If We All ---
  • Some Bomb Azz ----
  • A Doggz Day Afternoon
  • Reality
  • One By One
  • Sooo Much Style

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    "Dogg Food"

    November 18, 1995 -- The #1 Album on the Hot 200 chart from Billboard Magazine was Death Row Records' Tha Dogg Pound and Dogg Pound. Once again, Rap ruled the top of the album charts for the late 1990s and beyond.

    Tha Dogg Pound may not be a popular name to some, but popular Rap Death Row CEO Records' Suge Knight and Dr. Dre co-produced this album for the duo of Delmar "Dat Nigga Daz" Arnaud and Ricardo "Kurupt the Kingpin" Brown. Actually, both Delmar and Ricardo had worked previously on albums by Dr. Dre (The Chronic) and Snoop Doggy Dogg (Doggy Style). On their own, as popular became the albums by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dogg Pound reached #1.

    At the time of release, many politicians were arguing on how rap music was "violent and sexually degrading." And this album would be added to that list, earning the "Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics" label. True as it may sound, hearing the common swear words and hardcore sex and violence references throughout Dogg Pound, it does grab your attention. As time changes, so does music.

    Standout sounds are featured in songs such as "Respect," where featured beats are referred (but not actually sampled) from Parliament's "Flashlight"; The influence of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" can be heard in "New York, New York."

    Radio DJ chatter is heard at the end of the first five songs, as radio station WBALLS plays the hits and more. It's funny to hear a Barry White imitator at the end of "Smooth," and how he wants to work for WBALLS.

    "Ridin', Slipin' and Slidin'" is a standout, it's a-groovin' as another Death Row artist, Snoop Doggy Dogg. (Dat Nigga Daz is Snoop's cousin.)

    The "playa's" are referenced for the ladies on "Big Pimpin 2;" the music on "Let's Play House" (as well as other tunes) can be compared to another Death Row artist, the late 2Pac Shakur.

    The music alone stands out on tunes such as "Let's Play House" and "I Don't Like To Dream About Getting Paid." Having a soul-meets-rap style, and of course, the hardcore rap lyrics takes over.

    Tha Dogg Food Dogg Food does have lyrics of the very adult kind. Also, if you enjoy the likes of 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G. and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dogg Food does have those comparisons. The music itself on some songs brings back the soul/funk of the 1970s, with a more up-to-date hip-hop sound.

    As prosecuting politicians Bob Dole, William Bennett and C. DeLores Tucker were making their opinions known how degrading hardcore rap is. A similar event happened in 1985, when defendants such as Frank Zappa, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and John Denver were on the opposing sides (led by Tipper Gore and the Parents' Resource Center) in supporting the latest turnaround in music's lyrics. The world of music would never be the same, yet Hardcore Rap has been accepted in a sense; there has been many #1 albums in this style, and whether accepted or not, it is still part of music history.

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