Tha Dogg Pound is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992, made up of West Coast rappers Daz Dillinger (formerly Dat Nigga Daz) and Kurupt. They were signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key to the label’s success. The duo made their first appearance on Dr. Dre‘s highly acclaimed debut album The Chronic (1992), appearing on several songs. They also appeared on Snoop Dogg‘s debut album Doggystyle (1993), and the Death Row soundtracks Murder Was the Case and Above the Rim. Their debut album Dogg Food was released in 1995. It was another addition to the controversy of hardcore hip hop due to the sexual and violent lyrics and went on to sell two million albums.
Kurupt and Daz went on to release solo albums starting in 1998. They both eventually left the crumbling Death Row Records in 1999. Daz left due to long-lasting internal struggles on the label after friend and labelmate Tupac Shakur‘s murder in 1996. Kurupt started Antra Records, while Daz and Soopafly started D.P.G. Recordz. In 2002 a feud arose between the two when Kurupt decided to sign back with Death Row Records, upsetting everyone involved with the group. His awaited Death Row release Against Tha Grain had been postponed several times while Kurupt was on the label, later being released in August 2005, after he was off. In January 2005, Daz made another solo album release titled Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP. Tha Dogg Pound then got back together as a group and released Dillinger & Young Gotti II in November 2005. In 2006 Snoop Dogg decided to get involved and the three released their official reunion album Cali Iz Active.
An extended family, referred to as D.P.G.C. (short for Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips), is made up of Tha Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Wayniac & Trip Loc (Tha Twinz), Big C-Style, Bad Azz, Techniec, Lil’ ½ Dead, RBX, Lil’ C-Style, Soopafly, Tha Eastsidaz, and many more. Tha Dogg Pound Gangstaz are commonly featured on each other’s albums and projects.
Kurupt and Daz leave Death Row (1999-2001)
In 1997 Kurupt left Death Row but remained in Tha Dogg Pound. Kurupt released two solo albums in 1998 (Kuruption!) and 1999 (Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha) that had Daz Dillinger and the rest of DPG on them. However, in 1998 Daz was making noise of his own over at Death Row and released his only Death Row album (Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back) which went gold. Afterwards he made his own label called Mobstyle Muzik, in which he had his first taste of the independent scene. Mobstyle’s first release Poppa Snoop Presents Mobstyle Muzik Volume 1 failed and Daz returned to Death Row. He later started up DPG Recordz along with Christopher “Big C-Style” Bowden through Death Row Records.
Daz also eventually parted ways with Death Row in late 1999 and released his first independent album R.A.W. in 2000. That was followed by the D.P.G. album from Tha Dogg Pound entitled Dillinger & Young Gotti. After Tha Dogg Pound’s full departure from Death Row, Suge Knight claimed ownership of the name “Tha Dogg Pound” and any tracks recorded prior to them leaving. To avoid a legal battle at the time Daz changed their marketing name to D.P.G. short for Dogg Pound Gangstaz. In 2001, Suge Knight released a Dogg Pound album entitled “2002” which consisted of unreleased Dogg Pound tracks. Daz has been quoted as saying this album was “bullshit”, and even claimed to have raided Death Row Records vaults during one of Suge Knight’s incarcerations and stole back as many DPG songs as he could find. Most of which were Soopafly’s songs and featured on his 2001 solo album Dat Whoopty Woop.
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