Talks with Kurupt about new release
The Frank & Jesse Story
Tha Dogg Pound
So tell me about the new joint. Who all did you work with this
Kurupt: It's called the Frank and Jess Story, me and my
lil brother Roscoe. It's our first album together, it's already
in stores and we're about to shoot the first video this week.
It's gonna' be large and I know everyone will feel the beats and
lyrics when they hear it.
JH: Who influenced you growing up in CALI?
I had a couple of people influence
me, Rakim was the main one who influenced me. Another big one
was Tupac, I used to love the shit out of Tupac, and I grabbed
him when I was thirteen. But Rakim was the one who inspired me.
U know what
I'm goanna tell you the real, as I got older
it was Snoopy he was a great inspiration back in the 90's when
we were workin' together. His game was just so slick, he was just
so tight in all his pieces of the game and as for his talent ton
the mic. Snoop knew how to handle his business, which gained him
stardom in music, film and producing.
How do you feel when hip-hop is referred to as disrespectful to
women or bad for children?
Well you know hip-hop is music and you just take it for what it
is because there are many forms. You have hip-hop for kids and
then there are the real raw versions produced for stripers and
strip clubs. There is hip-hop for regular clubs and also gospel
hip-hop. There are just so many different forms that you can't
even look at hip-hop as just one it really depends on what suits
you. So I don't think it's bad for anyone who really enjoy music
and I believe that if you are looking for the hits released for
the PG age group it can be found and it's all good. If you're
lookin' for grown folk hip-hop, you got grown folks hip-hop. If
you're lookin for conscious hip-hop, then you have conscious hip-hop.
That's what's so big about the musical form we call hip-hop. It's
so many forms that there is something for everybody, it just depends
on what you want.
You have been in the game for a while now, what has changed about
your music from 10 years ago?
Kurupt: You know, I think it has changed dramatically,
I think it has actually gotten broader, actually it's more wide
spread, I mean Snoop Dogg did a country western record. Which
means that people are opening up their minds to so many different
other places, when it comes to their music and what they're putting
out. You gotta' spread your wings for hip-hop to be so big that
it speaks for music in general. I think that the transformation
and changes are positive
I love it!
JH: Do you think that your personal success helped influence
any other West Coast rappers?
Kurupt: My personal success has definitely helped West
Coast rappers because I create a whole new breed of West Coast
rappers. If you listen, a lot of West Coast rappers sound like
they're from the East Coast and I don't understand how the true
West Coast flavor and legacy can be down played now days. To me
they weren't really rappin' like that. I created a whole different
West Coast scene. A whole different way to rap, a whole different
way to sound.
Would you rather be an artist or a mogul? Would you rather be
on stage or in the office?
Kurupt: I have been doing both for awhile now and it isn't
easy, as for being a artist I have gotta' be gone with my tracks
and with me working with so many parts of puttin' it down I must
be able the to move around a lot plus still be the other guy that
is the executive. The game requires stability and a sense of content
in working both ends with determination to produce music that
capture a wide range of audience.
What's your label status right now? Do you have your own label?
Yes! I do Pentagon Entertainment and we are more than just a record
label we're a film company as well as all other things. My wife
Gail Gotti run the whole gig properly when it comes to business
side. We got our deal through Luke Montana and Universal which
gave us the opportunity to do what we love the most and we want
to send a big shot out to them for believing in us. This has given
us the chance to be the artist and also be one of the main players
in the decision making on the executive side of the table. It's
a good thing though, Pentagon Records, yea we in here. Church!!!
What's your status with the Dog Pound as of 2008?
Kurupt: I am going to put it like this, there's no me without
the DPG and me and my homies have been through hell and high water.
We've been through the ups and the downs and we are still here.
We're stronger than ever, ya understand me
and like I said
there's no me without the DPG. Daz, Snoopy, Soopafly, Nate Dog,
Warren G, and me we are all pushin' real strong now. Everyone's
real supportive of what everybody is pushin'. We got a Dogg Pound
album coming real soon actually. Daz produced the whole album,
its proper, it's so proper. So I guess we'll be talking to each
other in the near future to go over the DPG gig, ya dig?
JH: With all of the new technology and new ways to get
music these days, how do you think this has changed the game?
Kurupt: I'm not mad at it, you know, I'm not mad at all.
You gotta' change the game up and I think they're making people
change their game and I'm not mad at it, because we had bootleggers
and now we have computerleggers. Technology is very important
to the growth of the game, so I'm not mad at all, I'm gonna' step
my game up with them, fuck it!
JH: What do you think about the future of West Coast Rap?
Kurupt: I think it's growing drastically, um I can see them growing
drastically. The new faces you will see, all of them will have
a certain caliber when it comes to rapping. Their skills will
be unprecedented and I think you're gonna' find a better West
Coast rapper and with the new MCs that are coming out, I think
it's gonna' be a big thing. I see us going to the moon, to the
JH: What's next on your plate?
Kurupt: Street Life will be droppin in the summer and it's
my first real official solo album under my new label. Pentagon
Records, doing it super big. I'm already in the future, Ya dig,
The Frank & Jesse Story