On this day, Oct. 31, in hip-hop history...


1995: On this day, Oct. 31, in hip-hop history, Tha Dogg Pound dropped their debut album Dogg Food. As the fifth album released under Death Row Records, Dogg Food gave Tha Dogg Pound members a spotlight and a chance to step out of the shadow of their leader, Snoop Dogg. Daz Dillinger and Kurupt stepped up to the plate and offered up 17 raw West Coast tracks dripping in G-funk and soul. The album was shunned by many for its explicit language and it was actually pushed back from its original release date because of opposition to the LP. Many thought the lyrical content was too crude for mass sales.

Daz produced many of the cuts on the album and features on the debut include Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Lady of Rage and Michel'le. The album was mixed by Dr. Dre but produced almost entirely by Daz with some beats by DJ Pooh as well. The album was propelled by two breakaway singles, "Let's Play House" and "New York, New York." The latter of the two was recently revamped by 2016 XXL Freshman Dave East with a new freesyle. To date, the album is certified two times platinum by the RIAA.

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