Kurupt: 100 Miles & Runnin’

He might have been born in Philly, but Ricardo “Kurupt” Brown has been one of the most influential voices on the California rap scene since debuting in 1993 on Dr. Dre’s classic The Chronic. After all the homies got some on Snoop Dogg’s debut Doggystyle, Kurupt and his Dogg Pound partner Daz stood on their own four with 1995′s Dogg Food, their critically heralded Death Row jump-off. As Suge’s empire collapsed, Kurupt launched his own label, Antra Records, in 1998 to release his first solo album Kuruption, which paid homage to both his East and West Coast roots. He followed with 1999’s Streetz Iz A Mutha (where he barked at DMX on the controversial “Calling Out Names”) and 2001’s Space Boogie: Smoke Odyssey.

The next year, Kurupt shook up the DPG ranks when he took an executive position at his former label Death Row. As a result, a split occurred with his partners Daz and Snoop Dogg, who felt betrayed by Kurupt’s return to Suge’s camp. Diss songs were launched back and forth from both sides, and just when things seemed to be at it’s darkest, Kurupt left Death Row again in 2005 and reunited with his Dogg Pound brethren. After releasing their comeback album Cali Iz Active in 2006 and Dog Chit in 2007, an announcement appeared on their website this past summer claiming that the group had signed a new deal with Cash Money Records. Then, in December, another post on the website claimed that Baby and Slim couldn’t come up with the right amount of cash to do the deal. With rumors flying around about the future of the Pound, Kurupt Young Gotti caught up with XXLMAG.com to discuss the CMR deal, his two new solo records and why he’s doing a reality show with the lead singer from Skid Row. Really doe!

What happened with the Cash Money deal? Is it really dead?
Oh, it’s still in float. We’re still talking to Baby and Slim about the project. It’s definitely still there. So many options came to the table and we’ve actually got a real big meeting coming up where we are going to sit down with Baby and Slim.

So why was there an announcement that Cash Money couldn’t come up with the money to do the deal?
Daz moves fast [laughs]. I think he was just letting it known that we are still available and that we are not signed to anybody yet.

So the album is no longer called West Coast Aftershock? 100 Wayz is the new name?
It’s 100 Wayz. It represents so many ways to get paid. Don’t let life frustrate you. Find 100 ways to get it accomplished. There are so many ways to reach your goals, whatever they are. You will see a more mature Dogg Pound album on this one. We concentrate more on the musical aspects. We reached out to a lot of our people like Krayzie Bone. Pimp C was just about to knock out his verse for our album. He actually did one for Snoop’s album that’s so stupid. DJ Quik gave us a slapper. Tyrese’s producers gave us a slapper too. We got one with me, Snoop, Daz, Tyrese, Tank and Ginuwine that’s real big.

Do you guys have a time frame goal to get this out?
No. Right now we’re just looking for a home, as far as a company is concerned, to put out this music. Our objective is to give them the type of record that they need to market and sell. Right now we’re paying for everything. We’re paying for the mixing and everything. This is the first time that I have really got Daz active like this. Daz has also got me active as far as making this album right. Soopafly has also given us so much heat it’s stupid. This is the closest to Dogg Food that we have done.

Were you satisfied with the previous releases that the group has dropped since you all got back together?
Definitely satisfied. Everybody loves to critique and compare those albums to Dogg Food, but the albums that we put out before, we didn’t make to hit like Dogg Food. Those are more like underground records, like street albums and mixtapes. We threw those out there just to give them some Dogg Pound gangsta shit. This is our real album. I consider this the second real release of the Dogg Pound, the first being Dogg Food. Everything in between has been like mixtapes that we threw out there just to give the people something to smoke on.

Even the Cali Iz Active album?
Cali Iz Active had no Daz production on it. No Soopafly production. We more or less let everybody else produce on it. Cali Iz Active was a Dogg Pound album, but 100 Wayz is what I call a true one because we have Daz and Soopafly overseeing all of the production.

Daz unfortunately isn’t here right now, but earlier he was talking about pushing you guys more towards digital releases, as opposed to going through major labels.
Not with 100 Wayz. The digital plan is for other records. We have so many records that we have made over time that we are going to use to put together as albums. Those will go straight to iTunes and other digital outlets. Our digital albums will be more underground than the records that we will release through the majors.

You’ve been in the game since 1994. There’s this impression that once you hit your 30s, you can’t make hip-hop music anymore. Do you feel like it’s a young man’s game?
It is a young man’s game. Hip-hop is about the youth. It’s about being the voice of the streets and the ghettos. However, hip-hop has expanded to now where it’s the voice of the middle class, lower class and upper class. That’s the thing with me and Daz on this new album. We still keep it gangsta, but we’re talking to the people as older Gs. It’s about touching all of those areas, the streets, the youth, and the other classes. If you’ve got nothing to say and you’re just rapping, then you’re irrelevant. On 100 Wayz, we’re teaching the youth as well as them still having a ball with us.

On MTV, you were recently a part of the Celebrity Rap Superstar show. What was it like working on the show with Sebastian Bach?
That was bomb right there. He’s turned out to be a friend for the long run. Our friendship started from the MTV situation and it’s going to end with us seeing our kids get old. Out of that situation, me and Sebastian have our own show that we’re working on with MTV.

Is the show going to be about you guys recording in the studio together or what?
It’s bigger than that. It’s about our families. The rock & roll family and the hip-hop family. [It’s] also about me and Sebastian going to different places—like when I go on tour with Snoop, I will be bringing him with me. In turn, I’ll be going on rock & roll tours with Sebastian. We’re also going to do an album together.

You two are doing an official album together?
We’ve got to do it! Rock-hop!

Was he hard to coach on the show?
Not at all! Sebastian is a natural for music. At first, I was out to convert him, but at the end of the day I realized that he didn’t have to be converted because he was already there. He got on the mic and was spittin’. I was actually shocked. All I had to do was point him in the right direction and he flew with it.

Do you feel that he got hosed with the voting?
I told Sebastian, “You can’t go up against the Double-D’s.” It’s the truth. Sex sells and sex has always been a big part of hip-hop. I’ve always felt that the people with the most skills get the short of the stick in the rap game. Concepts always kills skills when it comes to selling records. But also the people who he lost to, like Shar Jackson, she’s sick! Shar and my Playboy homegirl Kendra are so lovable. It’s hard to beat lovable people like that. Kendra showed the most growth out of everybody to be honest. That contest wasn’t about skills, but about growth. The people saw that growth in Shar, Kendra and Sebastian.

Is the reality show that you’re doing with Sebastian Bach written in stone already?
Yes, we’ve already signed. We’re going to start shooting at the beginning of the year. The first thing we’re going to do is take a little trip with our families and go enjoy ourselves. With me and Sebastian, it’s so entertaining. It’s comedy because we’re so alike, but so different at the same time.

Do you have any word on a solo Kurupt album?
I do. The big thing about the album is, who is putting it out? I’m not going to say who it is at this time, but just know that it’s fuckin’ spectacular. It’s called The History Of Violence and the big surprise is going to be who’s putting it out. The person who’s putting it out is a producer, also with another producer, who will be doing the bulk of the album. This producer here, the world loves. It’s not Dr. Dre and it’s not Snoop. That’s the big twist.

Speaking of the Dr., you’ve been on every one of Dre’s solo albums. Are you on Detox?
You can best believe it. Detox ain’t going to fly without Kurupt on there. Me and Dr. Dre are going to fly together. I was with The D.O.C. the other day and he was playing me a few tracks from this incredible fire-starting album. It’s at such a different level. Snoopy’s album Ego Trippin’ is on another level. He dropped “Sensual Seduction” and people were like, “What the fuck is he thinking?” And then they started dancing to it. Shaking their asses more than the bitches [laughs].

Snoop took a risk—that’s rare in this day and age.
That’s the key word that you said right there. It’s about taking those risks. That’s what makes music history. People stay in their boxes and that wears out over time. Snoop does both. He stays in the box and steps out of it and ends up making the biggest records of his life. People talk shit about LL, saying that his music is for the bitches, yet they play his stuff when they’re with their bitches. Will Smith is one of the originators of stepping out of the box. Hip-hop never gives this guy props with any awards. He’s opened up certain channels in this game.

You and Daz had a very publicized break up a few years back before reuniting. With all of those diss songs that were made, was it hard to get over some of the words that were said?
I think it’s always hard when you go through something like that. Me, Daz and Snoopy have all been through hell and high water. Right now, we’re at a point where we’re enjoying our careers and lives. We respect each other and love each other even more. It wasn’t too hard but it was hard for us to get back in to a rhythm after all that happened. We’re past homies. We’re family.

I understand that you also have one last announcement for us?
I do. Me and DJ Quik have an album coming out in ’08 and it’s going to be off the chain. Quik is doing this album with Terrace and he’s going to fly this fuckin’ record out!

This is different from the solo album with the mystery producer that you spoke of?
Yes. You will hear our first collaboration with the record that DJ Quik made for Tha Dogg Pound on 100 Wayz. That song is Tha Dogg Pound featuring DJ Quik and Devin The Dude and it’s off the hook. Quik also did a record for Snoop’s album that’s crazy. It’s a new era in the West. You’ve got the Snoop album, The Dogg Pound album, the Kurupt solo album, the Kurupt and DJ Quik album and then you’ve got Ice Cube’s album that’s going to be ferocious on these bitches! Then we’ve got the new generation and the fire they are bringing. Glasses Malone is on fire right now! I sat down and spoke to Dr. Dre about Bishop Lamont. What Dr. Dre is doing with this guy right now is on a whole different level. Then the icing on the cake is Detox. The West Coast has learned our lessons from the past, but most importantly, we’re here to put out this good music.

  • http://www.cocaineblunts.com/ noz

    “Me and DJ Quik have an album coming out in ’08 and it’s going to be off the chain.”

    Wow.

    • greatness to glory entertainment

      snoop, daz and kurupt is the shit. i grow up on that west coast shit. the song C-walk homie, that shit bang. keep on standing on the of the world. Losing is not a option my distination is on top of the world! Gangsta movin!!! get this money$$$$

  • EFFeX

    Dope interview, much props for this! Looks like Kurupt got a lot of things poppin’ for ’08, looking forward to all the new music and the show with Sebastian, that’s a real good look. I’m tellin’ ya’ll, people like to count Kurupt out these days, but he’s still got that fire. It’s nice to hear him and Daz gonna get real serious on this new Dogg Pound album too… ’08 gon’ be about the DPG!

  • Styles

    First!!

    Can I do that on my own article?

  • madscientist

    Dope interview Styles. Props for doing this. Keep ‘em comin’. Eagerly anticipating lot of the albums he mentioned :)

  • fireforreal

    I love good interviews where the artist’s says something worth while. I can’t waite for Tha dogg pound and Kurupt albums I know it’s goona be straight fire. Kurupt will always hold it down not just for the west coast but for hip hop as a whole.

  • WESTCOAST

    I GUARANTEE HALF THESE ALBUMS BE GARBAGE. AND WHEN SUGE KNIGHT GET A HOLD OF THEM NIGGA ITS OVER. WORD OUT HERE ON THE WEST COAST IS THAT SUGE WILL WIN HIS APPEAL AND BE BACK RUNNING DEATHROW IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS.
    ONLY DRE AND CUBE ARE GOING TO SELL. EVERYBODY FUCKS WITH THEM DUDES. IM FEELING GLASSES MALONE SHIT TOO. BUT ITS STIL EARLY!!!!

    • nah

      nah half of them albums won’t even drop…period

    • TRILLMATIC KD

      LOL @ Dude thinkin’ Suge gonna do shit. Suge’s beyond done. He BEEN done. Kurupt’s got a lot on his plate but I think some of it might be straight. I don’t really know how I feel about his new boyfriend in the metal band though… lol.

    • SHYLOW_08_TOWN

      SHUT THE FUCK UP AND QUIT HATIN NIGGA…. THESE ARE FUCKIN LEGENDS…. THEY REPPIN THE WEST TO THE FULLEST SO GIVE EM PROPS…. AND FUCK THAT NIGGA SUGE KNIGHT…. HE JUST A BIG ASS BROKE BITCH ….

  • WISE G-REIGN

    GOOD SHIT GOOD INTERVIEW…GLAD TO SEE THE WEST IS RISING TO THE TOP OF THE GAME AGAIN..I HOPE ALL PLANS TAKE OFF AS HOPED FOR! GOOD INTERVIEW STYLES…AND THAT QUICK INTERVIEW WAS THE SHIT ALSO.

  • Trickdd

    YEA THE DOGG POUND KEEP IT REAL The New Album Gunna Have Some Tight Shit On It . If You Heard there song with wayne and baby you allready no 239 stay high and dont fuck with fake niggas PEACE

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    A-B-C-DPGC bayby bayby,that Crip shit.kurupt still that dude,but if he could still do that thechronic/doggfood/doggystyle flow and give it to these niggas,it’ll be like 9trey alll over again!!

    Harlem Trey-O Crip Cuz

  • http://www.theclassiks.blogspot.com H. IMPERIAL

    KURUPT HAS MAD LYRICS….Y’ALL NEED 2 HEAR HIM ON A UNRELEASED TRACK FROM TRACEY LEE CALLED 3000 WITH BUCKSHOT & NATURE..KURUPT KILLED IT..

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  • CiTyStArS

    kurupt is dat nigga period

  • westdogg

    what about crooked i? crooked i is a monster

    listen some tracks :::

    http://www.westcoastdynasty.com

  • KLETEWOOD

    THE INTERVIEW’S have started….The “Watcher” will be ridin’ in 08 and the west coast will follow.

  • Compton’s Princess

    Kurupt is cool but his shit with that nigga from compton “PROBLEM” is off the chain!!! What ya’ll need to watch out for is PROBLEMS album…….

  • GM RECORDZ

    Big Props to Kurupt & Styles!

  • SOUTHERNBREED

    kurupt is my nigga and i can’t wait for all this to come out.
    kurupt always been one of my favorites and he is another underrated artist.
    the dude got mad skills,why you think pac gave
    him the name,”Young Gotti”.
    keep doing ya thing kurupt.
    west west stand up in 08.

    p.s.
    everybody hating on snoop’s “sexual eruption”,
    but i hear them requesting it on the radio here in columbus,georgia all the time.
    he changing it up and i like it.

  • http://none nasir

    kurup is nice.word up.im not fan of daz but i got a lot of respect for kuruption.hes lyrical and real.support him.

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  • Dj Quik

    kurupt sounds like he’s 21 years old again on his new stuff.
    i enjoy working with him when he’s inspired. believe me, its about making records that matter. simple as that.

    • gat

      Is this really DJ QUIK ????????

  • OZ DA VILLLAIN

    Kurupt is a west coast legend. 2008 is shaping up to be a good year.

  • http://wcn.altervista.org Davizz

    Kurupt & DJ Quik.. that’s that shit!!!!

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    Kurupt’s been my nig, ever since dat new york new york song, he’s been koo, esp. wit my other nig Quik, hopefully, they put some shine back to our west coast…

  • http://XXLMAG DUNFIYA

    I DONT BELIEVE YOU KURUPT

  • http://www.picturemedia.co.za I RUN THIS…

    Kurupt ddnt evin say shit bout THE GAME..Honestli, itz bein ova 4da WEST 4 a wile now…All diz catz nid2 thank God 4 THE DOCUMENTARY othawise nobodi waz gonna giv a shit rats bout dem..neway lukin 4ward 2hearin dowz albums, hope der sound has evolvd..bydaway wateva hapend 2da 4 HORSE MEN?..CAN-I-BUS ne1?

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  • Freddy(Vega$)

    WEST COAST COMIN BACK BITCHES!!! shit what am i sayin we aint never left, Big ups to the WHOLE DPG krew and the Whole west coast!!

  • j

    detox is gonna album of the year,its gonna be good to get some tight shit out instead of all these garbage albums form these new rappers in the south with dance tracks

  • j

    detox is gonna be the album of the year.its good to have some tight rap coming out instead if all these trash albums from these new rappers from the south with their dance songs.

  • mr.Wang

    Shout out to the West Coast. Kurupt doin’ his thang.

  • TheRefriedMexican

    Kurupt talks about all these albums coming out in the west but I wont believe it, till I see it. Wasn’t the Detox album supposed to come out 3 years ago? Whatever happened to Quik’s “The Fixxers” album?

    • Styles

      The Fixxers project is over with. That album was also bootlegged and sold online by a former business partner according to Quik. Quiksta is now working on Snoop Dogg’s Ego Trippin’ Album.

  • latino heat

    as much as i’d love to hear a dj quik/ kurupt album, i’m not getting my hopes up. these “dream collabo” albums rarely ever see the light of day. hey kurupt what happened to that “vampirz” album? that was supposed to be tha alkoholiks and dpg together. it was supposed to drop around ’01 or ’02. and dpg has been on a cold streak since who knows when. that was a lame ass excuse claiming all those wack ass albums they dropped the last few years “weren’t real albums”. mothafucka i paid my real money on them mothafuckas so i expect a real album. dillinger and young gotti II was dope. cali iz active was ass. that last solo album he dropped was ass, that death row album he dropped was ass. and that realith show sounds like 2 falling stars in desperate need of a pay check. oh yeah, and he’s crazy if he thinks any label is gonna break the bank for a group that can’t push units anymore.

    • Yo

      lol. change the name to Latino Hate.

    • mailman

      I think alot of those DPG albums were wack because of the production. But if Quik does the production it should be off the chain. We’ll have to wait and see if the album will really be released. I was waiting for the Fixxers album and was left disappointed.

  • DJ UTI

    ALL THOOSE PROJECTZ KURUPT IS TALKIN ABOUT SOUND TIGHT.HIM AND QUIK SHOULD BRING THAT HEAT, CAN’T WAIT WEST COAST 4 LIFE!!!!

  • http://aol 4eva

    once upon a time kurupt mattered..no more!he’s like buckshot lyrically still in the same place as 94 daz could never rap so fuck talkin bout him he can make beats…fa west coast niggaz strictly!dj quik? what the fuk iz wrong with u people?incredible! whats next a daz rbx and lady of rage album?u people r out of your blood n crippin mindz!

  • http://aol 4eva

    what the fuk iz wrong with u people?dogg pound?r u fukin serious?cash money?ooooh u mean lilwayne music group..these people r out of thier crippin mindz!dj quik?whats next a rbx daz and lady of rage album spare me the bullshit only release that nonesense on the west coast….

  • prakash

    i would like to see the west take over the game. mind u, i am east coast. but it could not be worse that whats going on now. please be mindful that NY ALWAYS runs the game lyrically.

  • siknotez

    THIS SHOULD BE GOOOOD

  • d

    feel sooo good listening to that dpgc muzic, kurupt daz dillinger soopafly warren g nate dogg bad azz tray dee snoop dogg rage… i listen to them gangsta shit almost every single day since years! they always kills it!!westcoast g shit!!

  • THA PAPERCHASEAZ

    thaz wzup nigga keep doin’ ya thing
    DPG SHIT!

  • http://www.myspace.com/deandresurrellthegreat deandre surrell

    i dont give a fuck if daz & kurupt dont get no bigga because they certified.if u think about it the dogg pound had da early and late 90′s on lock…..i guess da 90′s was crip muzic.

    its blood on dis doe

  • http://benjurr.wordpress.com/ benjurr

    Boom! Excitement. That Kurupt/Quik album is going to be absolutely delicious. Who could the mystery producer be?

  • Nate

    If you aren’t feeling a DJ Quick/Kurupt collabo, or more DPG music that means you haven’t been listening or you don’t really like the quality West Coast (L.A.) music. I can understand if you are from the Bay and prefer that or from another coast, but otherwise if you are from LA and don’t feel the possible artists Kurupt mentions that means your taste is lame. (Probably thinking people like Hot Dollar is nice)
    There are nice new artists but DPG and other vets still got that good game

  • G

    Shyt Album should be da bomb bitches’

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    MAN DJ QUICK GO RAW

    http://www.midstate-sport.com

  • Carolina West

    that brought a smile to my face, “but most importantly, we’re here to put out this good music.”

    myspace.com/carolinawestmusic

  • Carolina West

    that brought a smile to my face, “but most importantly, we’re here to put out this good music.”

    myspace.com/carolinawestmusic

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