I couldn't tell you the first time I heard Kurupt. I truly can't remember, I do remember it was a long time ago though. I've listened to most of his guest appearances (I own a lot of them), got the Dogg Pound LP, and 'Kuruption.' So, you could say I'm a fan.
However, with quite a lot of Kurupts recent efforts, I haven't been too pleased. However, enough of that, this is a review of his new LP.
Before I get into this, I should inform you that the LP I'm reviewing features 'Callin' Out Names,' however, it will supposedly be removed from the actual release, to kill the beef he has with the Ruff Ryders click. I also think they'll probably remove an interlude on here, which made me chuckle, it has Kurupt scanning through radio stations looking for W Balls (that classic Death Row started imaginary station), when he comes across a station with a man sounding just like DMX, it basically mocks him, saying how when, ah, I won't spoil it, I'm sure if you'll hear it, you'll laugh.
The first cut I heard from this LP, was 'Callin' Out Names,' initially I wasn't impressed with this diss track, I ignored it and generally didn't pay attention to it, but I came back to it, and it grew on me a lot, pretty impressive. I soon after picked up the 'Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha' 12", liked Daz' production, but wasn't too impressed with Kurupts rhymes. However, that too grew on me. In fact, it's safe to say that at least four of the tracks on this LP won't be too impressive on first listen, but will grow on you after hearing them a few more times.
'Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha' is basically another DPG style LP. Fans of Daz & Kurupt, Snoop and Nate Dogg will know what I mean. It's filled with bumping beats and 'gangsta rap' type lyrics. There isn't really a lot of emotional depth on these types of LPs, however, they're still enjoyable.
The general gist of the LP consists of Kurupt thinking women are whores, and men are motherfuckers. Not too profound, but it isn't meant to be listened to with intellectual regards. The production throughout the LP is consistently high, a lot of enjoyable, relaxing beats. Probably the most outstanding production is on 'Trylogy,' a well created orchestrally enhanced beat compliments Kurupts rhymes immensely, sadly though, this track is the shortest on the LP.
There are quite a few guests on the LP. Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Daz, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Roscoe, KRS One and Xzibit, amongst others. And, the appearances are really impressive. The two tracks which stand out the most (posse-cut wise) are 'Never Gonna Give Up' and 'Step Up.' Both tracks feature a selection of talented guests and really impressive. Xzibit puts down a dope verse on 'Step Up' and Nate Dogg presents a dope hook on 'Never Gonna Give Up,' there is a lot, which can be said about both tracks. But those are some enjoyable highlights.
Basically, this LP is a collection of tracks talking about sex and violence in a playful manner. Though some stupid, less well adjusted people may listen to this LP and actually do some of the things mentioned here, the LP is impressive, and well worth purchasing if you don't take everything seriously.