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  • Real name : Ricardo Emmanuel Brown
  • Place of birth : Philadelphia
  • Date of birth : 23/11/1972

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Kurupt (1972)

Ricardo Emmanuel Brown

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Ricardo Emmanuel Brown , better known by his stage name Kurupt, also known as Kurupt Tha Kingpin, Kurupt Young Gotti or Young Gotstra is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. He is a member of the rap group Tha Dogg Pound, and is mostly known for his work with Death Row Records. He is also a member of the hip-hop supergroup The HRSMN.

  Biography  

 early life
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he lived for a while. He also lived in Sharon Hill, PA with his mother, sister and younger brother. A suburb of Philadelphia, Sharon Hill is where he sharpened his emcee skills. He later moved to Hawthorne, California to live with his father Jomax Collins (Ah-Fook).

 career
  First Term on Death Row
As a result, he has associated himself somewhat with Philadelphia and its rap scene, including Philly rappers such as Beanie Sigel; his first album, Kuruption!, was a double-disc that featured both east and west coast CDs. He is the cousin of rapper Redrum781, known from the Bloods & Crips Bangin' on Wax albums, and Damu Ridas. He was a member of the Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips.

Kurupt was signed to Death Row Records in the early '90's, making up a core roster that consisted of himself, Daz Dillinger, Lady of Rage, Snoop Dogg and RBX, led musically by Dr. Dre. These artists gained maximum exposure by appearing on Dre's breakthrough album, The Chronic, during which Kurupt and Daz developed a close working relationship. After forming two-man crew Tha Dogg Pound, they were heavily featured on Snoop's debut Doggystyle, even given their own song alongside Rage, "For All My Niggaz & Bitchez."

After the signing of Tupac Shakur to Death Row in September 1995, a rivalry was sparked between Death Row and the east coast's Bad Boy Entertainment. Death Row became a divided label, with Suge Knight and 2Pac demanding every rapper on the label diss an assortment of east coast artists hailing from or affiliated with Bad Boy. Having already thrown in on the Ruthless Records/Death Row conflict, Kurupt and Daz joined in the feud with their single "New York, New York," featuring Snoop Dogg; the song was interpreted as a diss against NYC and although it did not diss anyone specifically, it incited the response "L.A., L.A." The duo's album, Dogg Food, became highly successful, despite being the first Death Row release not produced by Dr. Dre.

The time after Dogg Food's release was a hectic one for Death Row. Artists discouraged by the rising conflict included RBX, who left the label; Lady of Rage, whose project was continually postponed; and Dr. Dre himself, who began to resent Suge's controversial strong-arm tactics and thirst for the spotlight. When Andre jumped ship for Aftermath Entertainment, Daz became the main producer for Death Row, handling much of 2Pac's All Eyez on Me and Snoop Dogg's Tha Doggfather, on which Kurupt was featured relatively sparingly, in contrast to his former high profile on label projects.

 Life After Death Row
2Pac's 1996 murder began a mass exodus of artists from Death Row Records. Kurupt was one of the first to leave, preceded only by Nate Dogg; he initially signed with A&M, on which he founded an imprint, Antra Records. It was through this deal Brown released his debut solo album Kuruption! in 1998, with appearances by Dr. Dre, Buckshot, and former foe N.O.R.E. The video for the single, "Ask Yourself a Question" was directed by writer-journalist-filmmaker Barry Michael Cooper (who wrote the screenplays for "New Jack City", "Sugar Hill", and "Above The Rim"); it featured Dr. Dre, producer of the song. The was filmed in Philadelphia, Pa., in November, 1998.

Though the double-disc effort featured only a bit of Daz production, he and his former groupmate were still on good terms; when Dillinger followed in his tracks and left Death Row in 1999, he produced several tracks for his groupmate's second album Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, marking the end of Kurupt's tenure at Antra. The record featured a widespread diss track called "Calling Out Names," on which Kurupt called out various rappers, including DMX, accusing the east coaster of stealing his contract deal with Ja Rule. During this time, he linked up with fellow Californian Ras Kass, Wu-Tang Clan-affiliate Killah Priest and former Universal Records wonder Canibus to form a group called The HRSMN; despite repeated promises of an album, the group's only release has been an unfinished white label.

While Suge owned rights to Tha Dogg Pound name, Kurupt and Daz formed the core of an extended family called DPG /DPGC , the latter of which also prominently featured Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, and others intermittently. Daz and Kurupt went on to release Dillinger & Young Gotti under the name DPG, which garnered lukewarm reviews. Kurupt's following solo album for Artemis Records, Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey, fared better, with production from Daz and up-and-coming producer Fredwreck; his then-fiancee, Natina Reed, provided the hook for the single "It's Over."

 Second Term on Death Row
After an unofficial remix/compilation Dogg Pound album called 2002 in early 2002, questions began to arise as to the status of Tha Dogg Pound vs. Death Row. While the duo officially said they weren't sure, Kurupt signed back to Death Row in exchange for the role of Vice President . This apparently shocked his groupmates, especially Daz, who'd had a much more volatile falling-out with Knight; a verbal war erupted wherein Kurupt and Daz repeatedly dissed each other viciously, on records and in interviews. While this was going on, Kurupt was mentoring a new roster of Death Row artists, including Spider Loc, Crooked I, and Eastwood; he also began work on his next album, Against tha Grain, and formed a new group: The Riflemen, consisting of Kurupt, Mobb Deep, Jayo Felony, 40 Glocc, and The Alchemist, though the possibility of a record from this ensemble has seemingly faded over time.

More hurt by the conflict than he let on, Kurupt continued to work disses into his solo album; a bootleg version of the project, Originals, was released in 2004 after repeated delays of its official release, as well as those of Crooked I and other Death Row artists. In 2005, Snoop Dogg began acting as a diplomat between the two parties, and Tha Dogg Pound reunited under its original moniker in April of that year at a west coast unity event hosted by Snoop. Against tha Grain was released, but by that time Kurupt had already left the label a second time, and publicly denounced the disses inherent in the record; an EP called Against tha Grain E.P. has also surfaced, containing said disses to his cohorts. Since their reunion, Kurupt has claimed both members got over their previous problems with no issue.

 Dogg Pound reunited
Kurupt and Daz released Dillinger & Young Gotti II: The Saga Continuez in 2005, Cali iz Active in 2006, and Dogg Chit in 2007; while he originally touted Dogg Chit as the heir to Dogg Foods legacy, he has since stated that none of the group's intermittent releases are to be considered actual albums—more like mixtapes, and that the upcoming 100 Wayz is to be considered the second actual Dogg Pound release. '06 also saw the release of Snoop Dogg's album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, on which Kurupt appeared. After putting out Digital Smoke with J. Wells, Brown also released an album with his younger brother Roscoe entitled The Frank and Jess Story. Kurupt appeared on Snoop Dogg's 2008 album Ego Trippin.

Before 100 Wayz, Tha Dogg Pound's Gangsta Grillz mixtape was released, hosted by DJ Drama;, followed by an album called BlaQKout with DJ Quik due out on April 28, 2009--the single for which, "Fuck Y'all," is a diss to former Quik partners AMG, Hi-C and 2nd II None.

Kurupt has been featured on many tracks with other independent artists over the last few years and released his first solo album in four years, Streetlights, on April 20, 2010. Kurupt is currently recording with MC Eiht, King T, Jayo Felony, Tha Chill, and Sir Jinx for a hip hop group project called "1st Generation". Kurupt also plans to release the long anticipated HRSMN album in 2012 as well as a compilation album with collaborations between various artists titled 'The Academy' on Penagon Records.

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Name Duration Released
In Gotti We Trust 02:48 2010
Streetlights 05:29 2010
Questions 03:04 2010
I'm The Man 04:07 2010
I'm Burnt 03:17 2010
Riot in the Club 04:22 2010
Scrape 03:03 2010
I'm Drunk 03:03 2010
All That I Want 03:52 2010
Yessir 04:27 2010
Face Down 03:02 2010
Bounce, Rock, Skate 04:21 2010
U Don't Know Who U Fuckin' Wit 00:00 2007
All We Smoke 00:00 2007
Weed Types 00:00 2007
Soldiers 00:00 2007
Against Tha Grain 00:00 2007
Smokestra 00:00 2007
History 00:00 2007
Power Moves 00:00 2007
Intro 00:00 2007
Outro 00:00 2007
Smokin' 00:00 2007
Let 'Em Know 00:00 2007
Just U & Me 00:00 2007
Digital Experience 00:00 2007
Likwit Smokestra 00:00 2007
Holocaust 3000 00:00 2007
Summertime 00:00 2007
I Came In the Door 00:00 2007
One Thangs Fo Sho' 00:00 2007
I'm Too Gangsta 00:00 2007
It'z Nothin' 00:00 2007
No Vaseline 00:00 2007
Get It 00:00 2007
Got Me Going 00:00 2007
No Vaseline Intro 00:00 2007
I'm Just Sayin' 00:00 2007
Los Angeles 00:00 2007
What Can I Do 00:00 2006
Ryde & Roll 00:00 2006
Gangstaz Part 2 00:00 2006
As Time Fly By 00:00 2006
Ain't That Somethin' 00:00 2006
I Get High 2 00:00 2006
I Did It 00:00 2006
Make That Ass Shake 00:00 2006
Accessories 00:00 2006
Scrape Thru Tha Hood 00:00 2006
Shoot 'Em Up 00:00 2006
Young Gotti Intro 00:00 2006
Yes I'm Quiccer 00:00 2006
Loose Cannons 00:00 16/11/1999
Ya Can't Trust Nobody 00:00 16/11/1999
Callin Out Names 00:00 16/11/1999
I Call Shots 00:00 16/11/1999
Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha 00:00 16/11/1999
Live On The Mic 00:00 16/11/1999
Neva Gonna Give It Up 00:00 16/11/1999
Step Up 00:00 16/11/1999
Trylogy 00:00 16/11/1999
I Ain't Shit Without My Homeboyz 00:00 16/11/1999
Tequilla 00:00 16/11/1999
Ho's a Housewife 00:00 16/11/1999
Welcome Home 00:00 16/11/1999
Your Gyrl Friend 00:00 16/11/1999
Represent Dat G.C. 00:00 16/11/1999
Girls All Pause 00:00 16/11/1999
Who Ride Wit Us 00:00 16/11/1999
It Ain't About You 00:00 16/11/1999
I Miss U 04:18
Bustin' 05:42
Where Ya Gonna Go 04:28
I Like Dem Girls 03:25
I Got U 04:18
All I Need 04:14
Gone From The Ghetto 03:05
Game Been Missin' 04:13
No Time To Waste 04:25
Break It Down Like 04:26
Lap Dance 03:52
Hate on Me 04:23
Smashin' 02:44

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