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Kurupt and Daz Dillinger back together for Dogg Pound Reunion Tour at Garf’s



Who: Kurupt & Daz Dillinger

Where: Garfinkel’s

When: Sunday, Nov. 6

Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

The past is exactly where it should be – in the past, says rapper Kurupt, who resolved differences with fellow Dogg Pound gangster Daz Dillinger, for a Dogg Pound Reunion Tour, coming to Whistler Sunday, Nov. 6 at Garfinkel’s nightclub.

"It is really exciting for all of us to be back together," Kurupt said. "Me and Daz, we set this up (the tour). We gonna give them a taste of what we are bringing to them. People want to have a good time. They are going to have a ball. We are making it move, you dig?"

The duo parted ways, after releasing their solo album, Dogg Food, in 1995, selling more than three million records: the two headed out in search of solo careers. Time apart and a new album in front of them, the two are back in the doghouse and excited to be there.

"Nobody was thinking about what we went through in the past, the negativity," Kurupt said of the recording process. "We just got straight to making records and enjoying that. It’s a proven fact that chemistry never dies. We just got stronger."

Stronger together than apart: the rappers found neutral ground in the recording studio with their new, highly-anticipated West Coast album, Dillinger and Young Gotti (otherwise known as Kurupt).

"Where he is low, I am high and when I'm low, he high," Kurupt said. "(We complement each other) in all forms: mental, creatively. He’s the king of music. I’m the king of lyrics. Whatever the other doesn’t have, the other does. It’s been like that since we were kids."

Kurupt said the new album carries on with the classic Dog Town gangster sound.

"It’s not just West Coast. It’s got East Coast and Mid West. The sound is spectacular," he said.

"I wanted to create something that the streets identifies with without making it like packaged cheap Spam," said Daz Dillinger in a written release. "So I created the music, and it’s basically a story and an epic like R Kelly’s RB Opera. This is only the beginning."

Dillinger, both a rapper and producer for 10 years, has worked alongside some of the West Coast’s best rappers, including Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg. As a team, Dillinger and Kurupt aided in the success of both Dr. Dre’s The Chronic (1992) and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle (1993) before recording Dogg Food in 1995. With the fall of the Death Row label, so too came the demise of Dogg Pound in the late 1990s.

Hip Hop is alive and well, and the duo is ready to team up again. Kurupt acknowledged the impact of hip hop on society today. Maybe that is why the new dad already foresees a new album ahead, one with less cursing, letting Dogg Pound fans share the music with their kids.

"The older you get, the more responsibility you have," he said. "You have to be responsible as an artist."

However, fans can expect the signature, fully-cocked-and-loaded sound of Dog Town gangsters for the Whistler show.

"Expect the greatest experience in hip hop creation," he said. "Dogg Pound is back together. We are gonna hit some old and new and give a taste of Downtown gangster you’ve always loved and that hasn’t been around for a while. People will get their groove on, relax their mind and get down with the sound of Dog Town… Kurupt and Daz are back in the game and on the right track."

Advanced $15 tickets are available at Electric Daisy or $20 tickets at the door. Only 100 tickets available at the door. Doors open 9 p.m. Checkmate and Concise will warm up the crowds at 11 p.m. then hdub at 11:30 p.m. followed by Dogg Pound at 12:10 a.m. Sunday curfew set at 1 a.m.