THA DOGG POUND (March
2008) | Interview By:
Dubcnn connected with Daz Dillinger & Kurupt Young Gotti,
known together as Tha Dogg Pound, to talk about their current projects. We
speak on the forthcoming DPG album "100 Wayz" and its first single "Cheat"
with Pharrell, Daz' solo "Only On The Left Side", and Kurupt's solo "History
Of Violence" to name a few. Kurupt tells us about
working on "Ego Trippin", and we also get some words on Kurupt's
collaboration album with DJ Quik, a Pete Rock & Dogg Pound album, upcoming
digital albums they're droppng, Roscoe's album, Y.A., Gail Gotti, Tangled
Thoughts, Pentagon and much more.
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Interview was done in March 2008.
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Cheat (ft. Pharrell)
Dubcnn: We're right here with Daz and Kurupt. What's going on with ya'll?
Daz: Ah man, working on this "100 Wayz" album. We're done with it, we're
just getting it mixed right now.
Kurupt: And we just got off the road with Snoop Dogg, pushing that "Ego
Dubcnn: Kurupt, that "Press Play" track on the Snoop album, tell us about
that song, how did it get put together?
Kurupt: Well you know, me, DJ Quik and Terrace Martin was in the studio,
they was working on [Snoop's] album, mixing down records. He pulled that one
up and when I heard it, they was like "Kurupt, lay that chorus!" Me and
Terrace went through a couple of ideas, and then I laid it out, ya dig?
After listening to all the records on there, we were just feeling like we
needed to have something for Snoopy on there kind of like "Next Episode",
just banging like that! I didn't expect it to be as big as it became, but we
were really just searching for that "Next Episode" vibe, where Snoop can
really just stretch his wings out on there. Snoop loved it, and the rest is
history, ya dig?
Dubcnn: Tell us about this "100 Wayz" album, what can we expect from that?
Daz: We got features on there like Krayzie Bone, new song called "Money
Foldin", we got A Dubb on there, we got Snoop Dogg on there, Cassidy, the
remix to "I'm From The Hood" off my solo album, but we did a remix to it and
threw Cassidy on it for the Dogg Pound album.
Kurupt: Yes sir, yes sir! With Swizz Beatz on the beat! Swizz Beatz laced us
with such a fire rocket, and Pete Rock gave us a couple of classics for the
album. We're also working on a new album with Pete Rock, Pete Rock & the
Dogg Pound, him and Daz are producing the whole album, ya heard me! For "100
Wayz", we didn't really mix it up with too many features, we just really
wanted to hit them across the head with me and Daz. We put a lot of time and
effort into this album, this wasn't just no fast album that we put together,
we really sat and concentrated on concepts and things about this album to
make it different.
Denaun Porter gave us a winner too, Denaun and Soopafly. The whole thing is
self explanatory, it's 100 Wayz to do whatever you wanna do, and that's the
whole basics for this album. We're just basically saying "Get out there, get
on your hustle, it's 100 Wayz to get that cheese, it's 100 Wayz to do what
you gotta do to get that money. You ain't always gotta go kill a nigga to
get it. Get into these stocks and bonds man, get into this real estate."
Daz, he's running his real estate hustle so swell out there in Atlanta! His
money don't just come from making music, he also got his real estate hustle
cracking. My wife Gail, she's jumping into the real estate market too, we're
flipping houses out here in California. It's so many different ways to get
this cheese, you gotta wear many hats, and that's what this album is about.
Dubcnn: Is this coming out independently?
Kurupt: This is gonna be coming out through me and Daz, we're looking at
different places where we wanna go with it, it's so many different people
that's interested in doing business with us. We ain't really concentrated on
where we're going with it yet, we're just mixing down the album right now,
and we're gonna wait until it's all the way done first before we even think
of where we're gonna go with it.
Dubcnn: What happened to the whole Cash Money situation?
Kurupt: That's not all the way out either. I saw Baby and them in New York
when we was out there, I had a talk with Baby. It ain't really all the way
out, everything is still on the table, everything is still looking
beautiful. So that's why me and Daz decided to just make this album, finish
it, rather than wait. So we're throwing this single out there, the first
thing we're pushing from the album, it's called "Cheat", with Pharrell on
it, me, Daz and Pharrell, it's stupid! It goes to everybody, it don't stick
to one gender, just cheat! That's all these niggas do, go to these ladies,
they be out there, everybody out there fuckin!
Dubcnn: Ya'll gonna be ruining relationships!
Kurupt: I gotta do one of those commercials, "Be out there fucking, cheat on
your man, cheat on your girl, but make sure you stay STRAPPED!" *laughs* Put
a condom on! Hahaa.
Dubcnn: I heard ya'll did a Yahoo! Live Set of Snoop's album with the
Snoopadelics, Teeddy Riley, Quik and everybody there?
Kurupt: It was super big man, we had the whole team out there working! Daz
was on his way out so he just missed it, but we had the whole team together,
Teddy Riley there, Uncle Charlie Wilson came through, Raphael Saadiq, DJ
Quik, and we had all the Snoopadelics in the building, I was there, it was a
big event! Everybody was real lovely, Yahoo! really hooked it up, we got
real draped up for this Yahoo! thing, Snoop talked to the crowd and answered
questions from the crowd, it was lovely.
Dubcnn: What's the situation with that album that you said you were doing
with DJ Quik?
Kurupt: The main thing me and Quik wanted to do first is finish up with the
"Ego Trippin" album, and get that all the way right and have that album take
off the way it is. Right now we're just supporting Snoopy, travelling,
knocking out these shows and doing all the promotion that was needed to get
this album started. Once it takes its own flight and we get our own little
time off, then me and Quik are gonna go in there and really concentrate on
the album. We already made one record for it, so we're just waiting to
finishin this Snoop album...
Daz: And we got Quik on the [100 Wayz] album too!
Kurupt: Oh yeah we got Quik on there too, doing it real big!
Dubcnn: Aight! What about you Daz, what's up with your solo album, "Only On
The Left Side"?
Daz: I'm droping that in May. But I got another album too that I keep in the
can. But I've been really working on this movie, "Make It Rain", it's
looking real good!
Dubcnn: Everytime I talk to you, it's 100 projects that you got going on,
one here, one there. How do you keep track of all these projects?
Daz: I keep it all on the wall! I got a big ol' wall with all the covers and
shit on it, but now everything is going digital, so that's what we've been
really tackling on the digital side. I can drop twenty albums digitally!
iTunes and Amazon...
Dubcnn: Let's get back to the Dogg Pound album though. You producing on it
Daz: Oh yeah, I produced it all!
Dubcnn: You said Pete Rock, Denaun, Soopafly, Swizz Beatz...
Daz: And the rest is by yours truly!
Kurupt: We gotta do it!
Dubcnn: How would you compare this record to the last one, "Dogg Chit"?
Daz: We was rushing the Dogg Chit, but this album right here is more of a
Kurupt: This is more like that Dogg Food shit, we didn't just make records
on this one. We sat down and said "What do we want to talk about on this
record? Where are gonna take people right now?" It's 100 different subjects,
let's just pick a few of these things and not just make gangsta rap records.
Gangsta Rap ain't just about jacking and killing, it's about teaching, it's
about the community, it's about standing on your own two feet, all that is
embodied in gangsta rap. So this album ain't just a bunch of raps, it's a
lot of records that we put our head into. It's a lot of teaching on there,
like the title track "100 Wayz", me and Daz is spitting some real facts to
them about this game, about how to get your cheese, it's so many different
ways to go get this cheese, besides just murdering, jacking and killing!
Dubcnn: Can you name some of the highlights off the album?
Kurupt: "100 Wayz" is definitely one of the highlights on there. Daz really
put his foot in that beat right there. I think they're really gonna grow
fond of that record right there. "Money Foldin" is another one, that's one
of my favorites right there. We got one called "Gotta Let U Know" that's
just off the hook, it's about the relationship with a girl, you love her to
death, but she's just tripping all the time, complaining and all the rest of
that shit, and it's like "Just because I love you don't mean that I won't
let your ass go!" *laughs* We got a couple on there... The one with Pharrell,
"Cheat", that's a classic one right there! We got one called "I Don't Care",
me and Daz is just flying on there.
Daz: Just drums and beats, old school.
Kurupt: Pete Rock gave us one called "Fire" that me and Daz on, that one's
Daz: Yeah cause you know I was in the South, so I had to get my mind back
into Hip-Hop! That's why I just started making straight Hip-Hop beats and
just taking my mindframe out of the ATL and took my mind to New York and
West Coast, putting it together.
Kurupt: Me and Daz actually have been working on "100 Wayz" ever since we
dropped "Dogg Chit". When we dropped "Dogg Chit", we was actually stacking
up music and thinking of what our next album can be. At first we was flying
with "West Coast Aftershock", and then I think me and Daz just got together
one time, and were like "we're making records 100 wayz", and it just totally
shifted the whole album. We've been working on this for quite some time.
Daz: We got another album that's gonna be hitting you through iTunes called
"Let's Ride Tonight", it's a digital album of unreleased tracks that we did
that never came out.
Kurupt: Me and Daz got a couple digital albums dropping, we got one that's
dropping that's going straight to iTunes called "Pentagon Vol. 1", that's
just all classic Pentagon shit, Y.A., Gail Gotti, we got some RedBones on
there with Virginia Slim, a lot of Kurupt and a lot of Roscoe, just the
entire squad on these things. I'm gonna be dropping these things annually,
like every 2 months I'm gonna drop a new iTunes Pentagon record. I got the
boys in the studio working on their Y.A. album, and i just did me a deal
with Fontana for all the stuff that will be coming out from my Pentagon Ent
label. You can look for a lot of things getting ready to drop! I'm also
ready to work on my solo album, "History Of Violence", as soon as we finish
up this Dogg Pound album and me and Daz hit the road a little bit to push
this shit. We got a lot of things pushing man!
Dubcnn: I was just about to ask you about Roscoe, what's up with Scoe, when
does he have something coming?
Kurupt: Roscoe is chilling right now, he's just working on his solo album,
we're getting it ready. He's also got a West Coast Customs album that I'ma
be dropping pretty soon, it's off the hook with Bad Azz on there just
smoking them on the mic! Bad Azz ain't playing no games! We got a lot of
things pushing man. Scoedie also just worked on a film project, and I just
did me a movie called "Days Of Wrath" that's gonna be coming out soon with
Laurence Fishburne, Rick Ross, it's real big!
Dubcnn: What about the Tangled Thoughts, I know ya'll just put out that
Young De street album.
Kurupt: Yeah! Right now Tangled Thoughts are doing something with Damizza as
we speak. I'm letting them fly right now, they're doing it pretty big with
Damizza, and De is over there with B-Real doing it big, B-Real swooped him
up, and Tek is doing all the music for my record label, he's working on his
album as well as a couple other projects that Tek is flying on. Everybody is
keeping busy, making it happen!
Dubcnn: I heard Gail was just out in Europe?
Kurupt: Yes, yes! She was out in Pragues doing it big, she's gonna be
releasing her album overseas, and they're talking about bringing it to
America as we speak.
Dubcnn: So let's get back to "100 Wayz", when are ya'll trying to put this
Kurupt: We're looking at the summer.
Daz: Yeah, summer, we're trying to get this single hot, it's already hot in
the strip clubs.
Kurupt: All these muthafuckas out here cheating man, you gotta watch it!
They be out there at these strip clubs dropping that money and then going
home to their wifey! *laughs* The girl be in the strip club doing what they
doing going to eat a little bit of dick, get some money and then go home to
their husband! *laughs*
Daz: And then everybody can buy the instrumental and acapella and all that
off iTunes. But on a serious note, "Cheat" is not just about that, with
"Cheat" we're just having us a ball, we had a lot of fun making it, a lot of
fun putting it together. This "100 Wayz" ain't an album that we just slapped
together, we've been working on this for a year, we hope people like it!
Dubcnn: What's up with this Sensual Seduction DPG-Mix we just heard?
Daz: It's off the chain man!
Kurupt: I love "Sensual Seduction". When Snoop first played it for me I told
him "Man cuzz, that's it right there! That's totally different than
everything but it's so up your alley! You don't follow the line, and this
record is gonna be super big for you." He was like "You really like that
Kingpin?" I was like "Man that muthafucka BANGING cuzz!" So when Daz came we
were like we're gonna do the remix, let's make the DPG-Mix! When he brought
me the beat we just knocked that out in 15-20 minutes! Everytime we perform
that we get the greatest response. I think Snoop is having the time of his
life when he performs that song. It's off the hook! But the G-Mix is stupid
man, we took it old school with them and we just hit them with some new
Dubcnn: Before we go, is there anything else that you'd like to let
Daz: Ya'll just be checking out for that new solo album I'm dropping, I got
some videos I'ma be dropping with that. Kurupt got another solo album
Kurupt: "History Of Violence", ya dig? Look out for me and Belly too, me and
Belly we're about 10 songs in for our album that we're doing, me and my
nigga Belly from Canada, Ottawa, what up Bel? Look out for that one. Gail's
album as well, it's called "Worth The Wait", that will be dropping
July 29th. Then the Dogg Pound album "100 Wayz", that's gonna be coming out
at the end of the summer. The first single is out right now "Cheat" with
Pharrell, and also that Ego Trippin' album, March 11th, coming at your ass!
Make sure to go get that album if you ain't got it, "Ego Trippin", Big
muthafuckin' Snoop Dogg, Dogg Pound, we're doing major shit. Soopafly is
also finishing up that Westurn Union album, they got a mixtape they're doing
with Crazy Toones! Look out for that, and look out for Daz' movie "Make It
Rain", I'm telling you it's better than a lot of people are expecting it to
be. He put a lot effort into this and the whole staff that he was working
with out there, everybody put their all into it, "Make It Rain - The Movie".
Daz: And be looking out for my new album, "Dubcnn"! *laughs*
Dubcnn: Let's make it happen! *laughs* I'm with it!
Daz: We're running these muthafucka over like a train track you heard me?!
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