Two Decades Later, Dr. Dre & Kurupt Are Still Xxplosive Rhyme Partners (Audio)
Although Dr. Dre executive produced Tha Dogg Pound’s multi-platinum debut Dogg Food in 1995, the N.W.A. alum was not as hands-on as he’d been with Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle. Kurupt was one of the star lyricists in the Death Row Records movement, and part of that famed off-shoot group. As Kurupt and Dre both ventured beyond the label, they have worked together a few times, and recaptured the magic heard in those early ’90s studio sessions like “Puffin On Blunts & Drankin’ Tanqueray” or “Stranded On Death Row.”
That attitude and love of the art is very much alive in a newly-heard freestyle session from the two former Death Row “inmates.” Joined by Pete Rock in the studio, D-R-E and Young Gotti go back-and-forth, kickin’ rhymes about their Hip-Hop passion. Kurupt still reaches another plateau, while Dr. Dre admits he’s not even an MC, while spitting on a selection of head-nodding beats. This is edited, but dubbed from the doctor’s Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy. Consider this prescription filled.
Although Dre has made no secret about using verse writers in the past, how many artists at his level are still down to freestyle? Then again, how many artists are at Dre’s level…