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Tha Dogg Pound
Cali Iz Active

DoggPound.jpgWhen Kurupt re-signed with Tha Row in 2002, most thought the prospects of a Dogg Pound reunion were highly unlikely. In fact, Daz Dillinger and his former partner in rhyme quickly got embroiled in a tense war of words that seemed to solidify the end of the group. Fortunately, the West Coast vets managed to bury the hatchet and get it crackin’ again with their third official disc, Cali Iz Active.

Although the reincarnated DPG is supposed to include Snoop Dogg as an official member, the OG only makes his presence felt on a scant number of songs. On the organ-laced title track, Snoop assures fans that Daz and Kurupt can and will hold their own, “Don’t worry about a muthafuckin’ thing/But worry about my homies, ’cause my homies’ gonna bang.” The East Coast–tailored single “Sittin on 23’z” supports that claim, as Dillinger and Young Gotti volley verses back and forth like a tennis ball over Swizz Beatz’s sinister organs. “It’s All Hood” reveals a similar rekindled chemistry, as Daz and Kurupt ride out to Battlecat’s crisp hand claps and nimble piano work.

Problems arise when the duo adds a few incongruous guests to the G-funked mix. David Banner’s schizophrenic appearance on “Get That Money” doesn’t exactly match the L.A. reppers’ gangsta vibe. The same can be said for Busta Rhymes, who phones in a throwaway chorus for “What Tha Fuck.” Despite the odd pairing, Kurupt manages to salvage the rumblin’ track with lyrically dense lines like, “My optics is telescopic/You shootin’ bullets, we poppin’ minirockets.”

While misogynistic tracks like “Drop Your Drawers” and “She Like Dat” adhere to the duo’s doggy style, they lack the infectious flavor of previous DPG collabos like “Bitches Ain’t Shit” and “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None.” Aside from the failed reaches for broader acceptance, Daz and Kurupt still manage to corral enough gangsta shit to keep the Cali movement active.—DAMIEN SCOTT

  • Phat Matt 187

    first

  • DPGC

    Dogg Pound is underrated.

  • TATE

    my niggas keep it criping baby,blue flag all day.

  • http://www.ananzi.co.za PHONY YAYO

    U KNW IM GONNA BUY DIZ..RITE..HEARD DA SWIZZ BEATZ TRACK..SOUNDED 2 FUCKEN DOPE..
    GGGGGGGGG-UNOT

  • http://aol Tru Blu

    I 6een down with Tha Dogg Pound $ince day one $o u know I’ma cop the alu6m. C-51

  • http://myspace.com/keepeace16 JP

    they suppose to be hot….an L is all you all gave it……yous niggas is trippin…….im gonna buy dat shit…

  • RICE

    I DONT LIKE DA FIRST SINGLE

  • http://www.d-p-g-c.com pete

    an L??? did you listen to the album? DPG fans give it a XXL… in other words classic… go cop that sh*t!

  • baldyz

    of course you’re gonna give it an “L” the only way you’ll give it an “XXL” like they really deserve is if they sign with gay unit since tou guys are all on their nuts

  • Big L is the best

    they Gunit albim will be their best DPGGGGGGGGGGGGGGg-Unit

  • The best

    baldyz Says:

    June 5th, 2006 at 8:22 pm
    of course you’re gonna give it an “L” the only way you’ll give it an “XXL” like they really deserve is if they sign with gay unit since tou guys are all on their nuts

    ^^^^^^ you fag get off Game dick out yo mouth and you would be able to see that G-Unit is the Best and daz already said the might sighn wit Gunit yo hatin son of a bitch dont hate when the niggas sighn to G-Unit and make taht paper its DPG-unit G-unit west is gonna be unstoppable and you can quote me on that shit and im from L.A nigga and yeah Game was a stripper the nigga dont deny the shit at least 50 say he not a snitch which the nigga aint. GAME OVER LET SOME REAL NIGGAS BRING THE WEST BACK LIKE CUBE, GORILLA BLACK, YUKMOUTH, DPG, SNOOP, SPIDER LOC. L.A STAND UP

  • baldyz

    first off let’s get somrthing straight. I don’t give a fuck about what happened between game and gay unit. Second, there’s no way you can bring the west back by signing to an east coast crew. i’m from the west too. Only only I’m a southsider so you best relax Best or whoever the fuck you are

  • http://www.betarecords.com/chillz Chillz

    Welcome back DPG, but Fuck bringin da west back cuz they already here on top fellaz. Am Jamaican & yah’ll gotta love da West coast funk cuz em guys gangbangin like we do playa. G -Unit’s alright but yah’ll need to stop fuckin with Game cuz he nice too. Check out my website at http://www.betarecords.com/chillz. Jamaica’s finest………so A&R’s yahll gotta holla at me.

  • http://MINDSTATELA.COM ARSANIC

    HOW THE HELL YOU GOIN TO GIVE SHAWNNA AN XL AND THE POUND A LARGE THAT SHAWNNA ALBUM IS STR8 ASS CHEEKS WHAT PART OF SHAWNNAS ALBUM WAS SLAMIN WHAT THE BEATS THE GUEST SPOTS IM SICK OF THE DIRECTION HIP HOP IS GOIN THE ONLY PEOPLE IT SEEMS THAT LIKE THAT WACK SHIT NOW IS WHITE PEOPLE TRYIN TO BE BLACK THATS IT BOTTOM LINE EVEN BLACK PEOPLE IZ SIC OF THIS WEEK SHIT IT LOOKS LIKE WE GOIN HAVE TO START OUR OWN CATAGORY OF MUSIC AND SAY FUCK HIP HOP , HIP HOP IZ DEAD

  • H-Man

    I think its about time to get da Westcoast bouncin again. Big ups to Snoop. Ride and Shine Hard fellas

  • KhalBone

    thats it a “L” these niggaz pave the way for most of these rappers out right now. If critics aint notice by now The West iz Back…. When Dpg comes out go cop it “U Sqaurez”

  • V-Man

    y r dpg so underrated, niggaz from da west doin it, dont be hatin, this joint deserves at least xl.
    ”BEST” u r a straight up faggot

  • 263th mafia crip Legion Nycbx

    Im seeing alot of 6ullshit on tha net! first and foremost! DPG keeps it C^raC^king! This summer going to be st8 6lue heat! everything else C^uzz will drip!! This banger got what it takes to bring tha drama! st8 g musiC^…..and will knock tha slo6 industry on there 6ack… lets not get fool……C^-51 C^-41 C^uzz
    Let it rain let it ….. u know tha rest!
    C^^^^^^^^^ya later!
    97 hoover duce and 263 mafia C^rip holding it down C^uzz
    for tha rec im buying two C^opys ha ha

  • Terror Squad

    DPGC 6RINGIN 6AK THE WEST GOTTA SHOW THEM MORE LOVE THEN A FUCKIN L COME ON MIN STEP YA’LL GAME UP

  • Damu

    I fucks wit the DPG3,but whats lackin is the Dre-esque,sonic sound.Without it,they will go no where sales wise(ask Woop Dogg).Although my nigga Daz can cook up some bangers,Kurupts’a killa lyricist,and as well as the King of R&Gs pimp swagger,the first joint is on some Tracy D,LBC shit on the production side.Lets Bang..Lets Bang!!!

  • ROOZ

    CALI GON TAKE OVER, BISHOP LAMONT, GAME, YA BOY, G-MALONE GON PUT CALI ON TOP OF ITS GAME

  • ROOZ

    CANT SAY DA SAME FO LIL E & SPIDER LOC, SNITCH NIGGAZ AINT REPPIN DA WES. LIL E IZ A DISCRACE TO HIS POPS

  • H-Man

    Stop tea baggin haterzz. Cali izz active yall. Get out and cop dis Cd. Move

  • UzeShit

    Didnt yukmouth get his pussy stretched by Loc? Some chain-nappin shit go on

  • http://www.capitalloot.com JacKal

    DPGC cud b takin over the game you lot need watch out for these guys. Dey makin tunes wiv diddy, so hu’s nxt. Ders no limit to how big der gonna get ryt now. I’m happy dat snoop finally takin care of business so now he try to take his rightfull place ahead of jigga and 50 which killa cam is now takin.

  • duvalrepresenta

    yall gang bangin boys trip me out wit all those 6′s

  • http://www.soundclick.com/nodrecordz Telekinesiz

    Where the fuck is that banger produced by Alchemist? Why in this earth they removed from the final version??!!!? The album is 6.5/7 out of 10, the cuts with David Banner, Paul Wall, Diddy and Jazee Pha are just horrible! West west yo!

  • xxs

    um dpg a L what da fuk, and tony yayo got xl, oh man this is bulshit like dem otha peeps said complete bulshit, that album review should be in the n##Ga please section

  • http://www.soundclick.com/nodrecordz Telekinesiz

    Support DPG no matter what!

  • TATE

    YOU BETTER KEEP CRIPING.

  • C

    Shits whack if a west coast group signs witta east coast label.

    DDDPPPGGG-UUUNNNIIITTT is a bad idea

  • SUNDAZE

    Man fuck kurupt he be on again off again nigaa needs to check himself stick to one side tha best side Westsiiide fo life.

  • Lo-D

    the song with jazze is good the song with banner is heat….the song with diddy is fire too….the song produced by alchemist was left off cause they couldnt get the samples cleared….this album is so consistant…i mean every track grabs you….gotta love daz’s voice…it just grabs you…9 outta 10 for me and thats only cause there is no real stand out tracks….none better than the next

  • frostedleaves87

    the album is banging period……………………….

  • STR8UPBAD

    altho i got dat shit wen it leaked few days before 27 ima go out n buy dat shiz. dpg always been bangin i was waitin for dem niggs to get back together n dis album bring sstr8 heat for yall. nobody hate on the westcoast u fags can suck ma dick especially dem gays on dat whack ass j r biter n jae pillz wateva ass shit. im glad deez niggas showin errone who really run it righ dis second and for a long time to come. west west yall all love \\//

  • OG Heff1

    DON’T SLEEP….The West is back…But this shiet is probably an X, maybe an XL. The reason….Koch released the album, so you won’t find one Dre Beat or one Daz beat…Once they get this one album off they chest (since Snoop released the album through Koch-DoggyStyle), you will see these niggz at they best…Wait to you get the Doc Back with DPG – and Daz’s sick ass production on that shiet..and it’s on biiotch….I guarantee all ya niggaz..the next album will be xxxxL, and by the way….fuck XXL, dick ridin, east coast loving, ho cakes. G-Unit is gay….Nigga 50 can’t come to LA without Police protection..as a matter of fact that nigga don’t leave the house without the police force with him…NIgga must be depressed sittin in that big ass mansion. Bunny rabbit ass nigga. West UP, hoes down –
    And stop all that fake ass crippin and bloodin in NYC, unless you from the LA…NIggaz aint gangsta

  • WESTCOAST_GIRL

    I WAS BORN AND RASIED IN INGLEWOOD,CALIFORNIA(THE HOME OF THE BLOOD GANGS)AND I WILL DIE IN L.A.And I LOVE DPG, I LOVE THEM AND I LOVE ALL THE WESTCOAST RAPPERS THAT HELPED PUT THE WEST ON THE MAP ALL THE WAY FROM THE 80′S UNTIL NOW. BACK IN THE DAYZ, THE EASTCOAST WASN’T SHOWING CALI OR THE WESTCOAST ANY LOVE,BUT WE STEPED TO THE MICS AND LET THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW THAT THE WEST IS CAPABLE OF MAKING BOMB AZZ MUSIC JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. NOW WE GOT THE EAST AND EVERYBODY ELSE KNOWING WHO WE ARE, AND WE GOT PEOPLE ACROSS THA WORLD LOVING OUR GANGSTA MUSIC CUZ THAT IS HOW WE DO!!! FOR SOME OF YALL THAT STILL DON’T LIKE THE WESTCOAST SIMPLY BECUZ BIGGIE SMALLS GOT KILLED OUT HERE, YALL CAN SUCK A FAT ONE. FUCK YALL BIGGIE SHOULDN’T HAVE RAN HIS FAT MOUTH, HE WAS TALKING A LOT OF MESS AND HE JUST GOT GOT JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE. SO YOU SHOULD NOT GET MAD AT THE WESTCOAST, YOU SHOULD BE MAD AT THE PEOPLE WHO HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT!!! I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY HOMIES FROM INGLEWOOD FAMILY GANGSTA BLOOD GANG…AND ALL THE BLOODS AND CRIPS IN CALI AND IN OTHER PARTS IN THE WORLD.

  • TN

    I’m from Harlem and alwayz dig west coast musik. Cats in my hood hate. No West love on tha radio ’round here. Years ago I was one of the few dudes who wore Chucks down 2-5th (125th street) Then a year later everybody had Chucks. East needs to stop being so arrogant when it comes to tha West, but niggaz listen to the South up here. Can’t understand that. DPG is da shit, alwayz was. When I put on DPG shit, niggaz be like “That shit iz wack.” They just don’t understand or don’t want to. East needs to know there more out there than just the 5 boroughs. DPG Keep doin’ it big.

  • http://www.xnxx.com JEFF

    yup… anyone who talks shit on this page could eat shit and die, u motherfucers always talk shit, dont be jealous, just cause u live in a fucing trailer

  • Maxxx

    Which album did you review? Several of the tracks you’re referring to don’t exist on this album. Please, explain. Here’s the complete track list:

    01 . Cali Iz Active
    02 . Kushn N’ Pushn
    03 . Sittin on 23z
    04 . Stop Lyin
    05 . It’s Craccin All Night
    06 . Slow Your Roll
    07 . Heavyweights
    08 . Keepin It Gangsta
    09 . Hard on a Hoe
    10 . It’s All Hood
    11 . Faknass Hoes
    12 . Don’t Sweat It
    13 . Make Dat P**** Pop
    14 . Thrown Up Da C
    15 . Face 2 Face
    16 . She Likes Dat

  • IL Duce

    imma tell yall right now…i predict that la is gonna go after the bay…ok check this out…on e-40′s ghetto report card..there is a track called muscle cars, i belive that is was truf talk who does the 3rd verse that says “reppin the bay, we dont rep california” and then la comes out with a song called cali is active. hmmmmmm…..think about it.
    oh yea and usually im not the one to compare ratings, but it shwanna got an XL and the pound got an L then there is something really wrong. man that song hard on a hoe is XL by it’s self!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    fuck the bay e-40 is wack as hell

  • Facemobb

    so xxl cant have their opinion before these fans throwing up the dub. im grown up on dpg, i got all their albums, groups, solos and affiliated shit, but to be honest, this album was wack, i cant think of one song thats good. the only thing that can bring west coast back is a new breed of hungry talented mcs. snoops always gon be here and make great music, but he aint gone change shit.. motherfuckers go and buy bun b’s new album, pimp c’s new shit and get a dose of that southern gangsta shit..

  • http://www.notpopular.com/board rowdy

    fuck niggers. all you guys are fucking stupid. go hang from a tree nigger.fucken blacks. WHITE POWER.

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