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Death Row Records – Tha Dogg Pound “Doggy Bag” Unreleased Tracks 1993-98

Sunday • July 1, 2012 • BY Lamont Reed
Death Row Records - Tha Dogg Pound

Death Row Records, unleashes Tha Dogg Pound “Doggy Bag” July 3, 2012. Death Row Records, lets the dogg’s off the leash, with “Doggy Bag”, featuring songs recorded between 1993-1998, including the classic “Like Dis” plus the original version of “Let’s Play House” featuring Warren G and Michel’le. The album from the iconic record label features many tracks straight from the Death Row Vault. “Doggy Bag” features Snoop Doggy Dogg, Lady Of rage, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Jewell and more. “Doggy Bag” is produced by Tha Dogg Pound’s Daz Dillinger. Early day Death Row inmates, Daz and Kurupt took their debut album “Dogg Food” to double platinum status. “Doggy Bag” brings fans back to G-Funk style beats and includes new tracks from the Vault for the die hard. Don’t come home without your “Doggy Bag”.

Available July 3rd.. Tha Dogg Pound “Doggy Bag”. Pre-order from Amazon or iTunes now!

Album Review: As tha Dogg Pound, West Coast MCs Kurupt and Dat N***a Daz played a supportive role to the foundation of gangsta rap, contributing verses to two of the biggest G-funk albums of the genre, Dr. Dre’s timeless party masterpiece The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s equally strong debut, Doggystyle. While the duo’s profile paled in comparison to that of their more successful counterparts, their 1995 debut, Dogg Food, quietly sold millions and the group continued its role of support for some of hip-hop’s brightest stars, working closely with 2Pac as he approached his final days. Doggy Bag collects unreleased tracks and different versions of Dogg Pound productions from the group’s early days, compiling 15 tracks recorded between 1993 and 1998. While 2Pac’s verses from tracks like “N.Y. 87” are inexplicably omitted, frequent guest spots show up from Snoop, Too Short and Nate Dogg. Even while dealing with unreleased material from the vaults, Doggy Bag is as consistent and strong as the majority of the Dogg Pound catalog. Daz and Kurupt stick mostly to tales of daily gangsta life, smoking weed, and hustling over stock G-funk beats and the occasional standout DJ Quick production. An alternate version of 1995 single “Let’s Play House” finds Warren G spitting smooth verses while Michel’le and Nate Dogg trade hooks and Big Pimpin’ rambles an extended spoken word piece that didn’t make the cut for the single version. Like many collections of unreleased material, though, Doggy Bag is best viewed as rough sketches or working models for more refined releases. The beats sound tossed-off even for their time and many of the verses will be extremely familiar, as they were reused or recycled for proper releases at one time or another. The collection stops far short of being any type of Holy Grail or great lost album material, but for fans, Doggy Bag lives up to its name as a fun, breezy extra helping of tha Dogg Pound at their best.

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Article: Death Row Records
Editor: Noiseman
Image: Daz & Kurupt