Kurupt Is Celebrated In The Latest Episode Of Unsung. Watch A Sneak Preview (Video)
Kurupt has an extensive 25-year career. The Los Angeles, California-by way of-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC has released six solo albums, dating back to the ’90s. An array of major and independent releases, none of these efforts have achieved gold or platinum status, or a #1 on the charts. That career has lived in the shadows of Kurupt’s group with Daz Dillinger, Tha Dogg Pound. In late 1995, the Pound released Dogg Food, a #1, multi-platinum release for Death Row Records. Executive produced by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre, the work was a culmination of three years of feature verses for Dre, Snoop Dogg, and soundtracks. Sadly for Kurupt’s career, the MC would leave Death Row in 1997—forcing Tha Dogg Pound to wait until the 2000s to follow-up the acclaimed juggernaut debut.
That is just one of the major story-lines to the career of the man born Ricardo Brown. Kurupt would experience beef, taking on DMX, Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, and even his band-mate Daz at times. He would mourn the deaths of close associates Tupac Shakur and Nate Dogg, as well as ex-wife Natina Reed (of Blaque). Further, Kurupt would return to Death Row as an artist-executive in the early 2000s (to mentor Kxng Crooked and others), strongly alienating himself from many of his friends.
These themes will contribute to Kurupt’s upcoming episode of Unsung. On Wednesday (November 23), TV One will air the episode, which features commentary from Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and The Lady Of Rage, among others.
AllHipHop premiered the trailer to the Unsung episode. Within, Snoop Dogg recalls an early 1990s battle with Kurupt that earned the MC a spot on in the Pound. “He started battling all my homies; it was like a karate movie, ’cause he was just choppin’ all of ’em up, one at a time,” recalls Snoop—featuring footage from his 2013 GGN episode with Kurupt.
Kurupt’s last release was 2010’s Streetlights, which was co-executive produced by Terrace Martin. Next month, Kurupt and Daz will join Snoop, DJ Quik, Warren G, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on tour. This year, Kurupt has worked with Brotha Lynch Hung, Cold 187um, and Kokane, among others.