Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey With its tangled allegiances, the hip-hop world often seems like a soap opera. The melodrama really lathers up this month, with three releases from the… Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey With its tangled allegiances, the hip-hop world often seems like a soap opera. The melodrama really lathers up this month, with three releases from the… Kurupt
Music Review

Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz: Duces 'N Trayz: The Old-Fashioned Way Fashioned Way (2014)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Kurupt

With its tangled allegiances, the hip-hop world often seems like a soap opera. The melodrama really lathers up this month, with three releases from the extended Dogg Pound family. Doggfather Snoop presents his latest proteges, Tha Eastsidaz, on a well-produced, surprisingly delicate and diverse ode to the Long Beach Crips that invites along rivals and outsidaz like Hi-Tek, the Alchemist, Mobb Deep, Swizz Beatz, and Lil' Mo. On his second solo album, former Snoop student Kurupt heals wounds he helped create, shouting out to former nemesis Jay-Z and offering street cred to guests Everlast and Fred Durst. On 2002, Death Row CEO Suge Knight confuses alliances with a set of never-released tracks spanning his label's history: Snoop raps on some cuts but is called a snitch on another. 2Pac brags about being a ''Bad Boy killer'' and rehashes the ugliness that Snoop and Kurupt seem intent on moving beyond. ''Eastsidaz'' Grade: B+; ''Kurupt'' Grade: B; ''Tha Dogg Pound'' Grade: C-

Originally posted Aug 03, 2001 Published in issue #607 Aug 03, 2001 Order article reprints
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