Tha Dogg Pound
That Was Then This Is Now


2.0
poor

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
February 1st, 2010 | 7 replies | 4,490 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I prefer "then" to "now."

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The demise of Death Row Records – one of the greatest rap empires of all time – synced up with not only the ending of west coast’s vicegrip on hip-hop, but the crumbling of many artists’ careers. Obviously, the main rappers were Dr. Dre, who didn’t put out an album until seven years after his first and quietly transitioned from the mic to the boards; Snoop Dogg, who moved to No Limit Records and is, well, what he is today; and Tupac died. And while they don’t come to mind instantly, Tha Dogg Pound belongs in that category. The duo composed of the two less successful cousins of Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger and Kurupt, are honored for their contributions on The Chronic, Doggystyle and for their multiplatinum debut album Dogg Food. But, after we pass over those three items on their résumé, they are all too easily labeled as irrelevant. Surprisingly enough, the weak technicalities are actually overcome by the musical aspect provided by Kurupt and Daz Dillinger…that is, when the musical aspect is on point.

Other than the occasional nice line, Daz and Kurupt only succeed at creating lyrics that generate shameful head shakes and mocking chuckles (“I’m gangsta, like Eazy,” “It’s on like Donkey Kong.”) This is bad news, because Tha Dogg Pound doesn’t have the kind of offensive vulgarity N.W.A. had when they deliver their brand of L.A. hood nigga rap, which is a weaker, less effective adaption of its originating version. Rather than ruthlessly detailing their violent actions, Tha Kingpin and Dillinger commonly just make note of doing such, and move on to talk about money, liquor, weed, and sex.

But there’s no need to worry, as the musical aspect counters out the technicalities…sometimes. Daz’s deep voice and smooth delivery provides great contrast to Kurupt’s punchy, upper range voice and kick of a delivery. The beats on the album have the common theme of being hip-pop/g-funk hybrids. Half club synths and heavy bass, half whiny synths, deep bass, rattling percussion, and 70’s funk elements. But the best instrumentals on the album aren’t produced by Daz. It’s rather the converse, as the weaker ones are produced by Dillinger. The maracas, sludgy bass, twinkles, sudden strings, and uptempo flow of Deepeegee produced by Soopafly make for the best instrumental on the album. But the pop-ish, slow dance synths, claps, and screechy bleeps of Money Fold”N, which was one of the album’s lesser instrumentals, was produced by Dillinger. Daz gets pretty lazy and uncreative at the back end of the album, sampling Biggie and Pharrell for poor hooks for two songs (On & On, Cheat [respectively,]) and tends to favor the pop elements over the g-funk elements. Beats like Get My Drink On & My Smoke On with bass, slowly-elevataing, rapidly-descending synths, claps, and tons of percussion are more common than beats like Y’all Know What I’m Doin’ with buzzing horn synths, techno bloops, and symbals.

And thusly, seeing as the majority of the album was produced by Daz, this album is inconsistently shifting between being pretty good to below average. When Swizz Beats has one of the best beats on your album, you know your production aspect is somewhat flawed, as all his beats are just so predictable.

In short, this album is nothing to be excited about. It’s just evidence that many careers that thrived under the reign of Death Row Records were muffled after the company’s downfall. I resent Dre for postponing Detox so many times, I mock Snoop Dogg incessantly, I say ‘R.I.P. Tupac’ and I completely and totally ***ing ignore Tha Dogg Pound.



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hydeyomoney
February 1st 2010



934 Comments


odd choice for numbero 50, but nice review nonetheless.

Bulldog
February 1st 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yea I know, but yay 50. And I did it by February 1st. Yay! Thanks to erasedcitizen for proofing this for me. Thanks d00d.

But, I ran the numbers. I produce on average one review every two days (approximately 0.52 per day.) And, if I keep my current rate up I'll have 192 reviews by my 365th date on the site.

MassiveAttack
February 1st 2010



2688 Comments


You'll eventually slow down it happens to us all good man.

Bulldog
February 1st 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Are you kidding me d00d? I love this. This is like my only hobby. Plus, during the summer? AWWW YEA.

Foxhound
February 2nd 2010



4570 Comments


what? yous used your 50th on an album you gave a 2??? ahh well good review.

Bulldog
February 2nd 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol, yea, bad decision in hindsight. Thanks though.

Bulldog
February 2nd 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Deepeegee is such a good song though.



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