– Dillinger & Young Gotti (DPG Records 2001)
Oh yeah, this is
the same group as Tha Dogg Pound, but Death Row Records
has not allowed Daz and Kurupt to take that name with
em when they left the Row. See, they will still release
Dogg Pound albums of old songs, talk about acting
greedy. Death Row could be a really good label if
they started working with their new inmates like Mac
Shawn, Lil C Style and Jayo Felony instead of releasing
old stuff from Snoop, Pac and Dogg Pound all the time.
They can do better then that. But anyway, this new
album from DPG is just off the chain, it´s crazy!
It has a true West Coast sound and pretty much continues
where Dogg Food left of.
First song here
called “Dip Wit Me” is done like should be done! I
think Daz made the beat. RBX is featured on here,
however only in the end where were he´s talking
some, I would luv to hear him rap instead! Next up
is “We Livin Gangsta Like” with Xzibit. X´s
style really fit the styles of Daz, Kurupt, Dre and
the others in his new found DPG family. I love this
song. It´s up to date but it´s still has
that classic feeling that surrounded the Row before
Dre left, like 94-95 when it was all good out in Cali!
a pretty fast beat, with pretty fast raps, not tongue
twisting. But DPG does there thing here – another
song to add to your favorites list! They rap about
how it feels good to be a Dogg Pound Gangsta. We have
been waiting for this feeling, nobody can bring it
like the duo of Daz and Kurupt! Something for the
strip joints is “Work Dat Pussy" – this beat is mad,
out of control and all that. I´m sure you will
feel this junt. The chorus is simple but really tight!
“Party At My House” is a real typical party DPG sound,
up-tempo, easy to listen to.
One of my favorite
songs on this new album is the song “You´re
Jus A B.I.T.C.H.”. Talk about keeping it true to the
West Coast sound! It´s pretty obvious what the
topic of this song is. A hood rat could never break
up the crew etc, they even talk about how Beyoncé
is Daz “destiny”!
”Best Run” features
Beanie Sigel & Rosco from Jay-Z´s label
Roc-A-Fella. Sigel comes pretty tight, even though
this is 100% West Coast beats. One of the best tracks
that I´ve heard in a very long time is “My Heart
Don´t Pump No Fear” which features Slip Capone
who has bees around the DPG click for a long time
now. Charlie Wilson who handled the chorus on Snoops
old hit “Snoops Upside Ya Head” take cares of the
back up vocals on this song. Almost every album has
at least one song with a lot of pain in it, so does
this one. The track “There´s Someway Out” is
about growing old and staying strong. Hold your head
up like that!
Both Daz and Kurupt
have one solo junt each on here. Daz song “Here We
Are/Go Kill Em” is a lil bit stronger then Kurupt´s
song “I´ma Gangster”. But both songs are good,
however none of them are among the top 3 songs on
the album. What you want when you buy this album is
to hear Daz and Kurupt together, you´re not
looking for solo cuts cause that´s what you
have heard since `95.
Last song on here
is “D.P.G.” which features a sample from “N.Y., N.Y.”
of their 95 release “Dogg Food”. It´s a good
song which you are sure to recognize at once cause
of the sample. That leads into the outro, which is
nothing special, just a good well-done outro! So when
I summed up 2001 I said this is one of the best albums
I have heard this year, among the 10 best this year.
Why you ask? Well, me among with many others have
been waiting for this album since we heard “Dogg Food”
in 1995. You get a special formula when you put together
Daz and Kurupt. If you want gangsta shit to the fullest
on an album you must have this. It´s easy to
be disappointed on an album that you have waited for
since 1995, every year that past made the expectations
grow and when it´s now released I must say that
they did the perfect thing. They did what they do
best – gangsta music! No Cash Money bounce influences,
no Timbaland influences. They made an album for the
gangstas out there, something for you to bang and
ride to! DPG ain´t joking!
Rating: 4 of 5