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Please help improve this articleby adding citations to reliable sources. Unverifiablematerial may be challenged and removed. Kurupt Birth name Ricardo Emmanuel Brown Born November 23, 1972(1972-11-23) (age 35)[citation needed]
Darby Township, Delaware County, PennsylvaniaOrigin Hawthorne, California
Los Angeles, CaliforniaGenre(s)Hip hopYears active 1992 - present Label(s)Death Row
(1992 - 1998)
(2002 - 2005)
(1998 - present)
(1992 - 1995)
(2005 - present)
Gangsta Advisory
(2005 - present)
(2006 - present) Associated acts Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Dr. Dre, The Lady of Rage, RBX, The HRSMN, Xzibit, 2PacWebsite

Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown on November 23, 1972[citation needed] in Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) 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.

Also known as Young Gotti and The Kingpin, he is one half of the rap duo Tha Dogg Pound along with Daz Dillinger. He is also a member of underground supergroup The HRSMN along with: Canibus, Ras Kass, Killah Priest.



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Early life & Death Row Records

Kurupt was born in Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania and later moved to Hawthorne, California to live with his father. As a result, he has associated himself somewhat with Philadelphia and its rap scene, including Philly rappers such as Beanie Sigel. He currently resides in Hawthorne on his own.

After a rap battle with Snoop Dogg at a club one night, the two felt camaraderie, and agreed that if one of the two got a record deal they would put the other on. When Snoop was discovered by Dr. Dre and signed to Death Row Records, Kurupt was also signed to the label.

Snoop's cousin, Daz Dillinger, was also signed, and the three formed a group called Tha Dogg Pound. The pair had well-received appearances on the first two major Death Row releases, The Chronic and Doggystyle, and due to the successes of the albums, their debut Dogg Food was widely anticipated and did well, both critically and on the charts.

After the signing of Tupac Shakur to Death Row in September 1995, a rivalry was sparked between Death Row and Bad Boy Records. Kurupt and Daz became embroiled in it through the single "New York, New York" from Dogg Food. Queensbridge, New York duo's Capone-n-Noreaga and Mobb Deep would later respond with "L.A., L.A." along with Tragedy Khadafi.

Life after Death Row

When Tupac Shakur was later murdered, Kurupt was one of the first artists to leave Death Row. He signed with A&M Records, which in turn he started his own label Antra Records and released his debut album, entitled Kuruption! in 1998. It was a double-disc album, one drawing on the West Coast and the other on the East Coast. His second album, Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, was released on Antra in 1999.

In 2001, Kurupt released his third solo album, Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey. The album did relatively well, promoted by the single "It's Over." In the same year, Kurupt and Daz released the album Dillinger & Young Gotti under the D.P.G. moniker.

Back on Death Row

In 2002, Kurupt signed back on with Death Row Records as Vice President. Snoop Dogg and Daz, who have an ugly past with Death Row CEO Suge Knight, were shocked by the move and felt betrayed. This didn't sit well with them and a feud ignited between Kurupt and the Dogg Pound associates. Kurupt faded into the background on Death Row, working on the album that would be pushed back numerous times, fans heard from him only on guest appearances or disses to his former groupmates.

During his second stint on Death Row, Kurupt formed two separate groups, The Riflemen consisting of Kurupt, Mobb Deep, Jayo Felony, 40 Glocc, and The Alchemist.

When the album, Against Tha Grain, was finally released in 2005 to poor reviews and sales, Kurupt had already left the label a second time. The feud lasted about 3 years, until early 2005 when Daz acknowledged him and Kurupt were speaking again and had decided to put the past behind them and work together. Not too long after, Snoop Dogg put together a meeting called the "West Coast Conference", which rounded up a large amount of rappers from the West Coast. The press conference was for artists to squash any problems, so they could all work together and make money in the future.

Recent Years

Kurupt released "Same Day, Different Shit" in 2006. The CD was entirely produced by Daz. and was an independent release. Kurupt has a collaboration album with J. Wells, a West Coast artist, called Digital Smoke released on June 5, 2007 under Bonzi Records. Kurupt recently signed a 2 album deal with Babygrande Records in a joint venture with Gangsta Advisory. Kurupt also recently revealed that a DJ Quik collaboration album is in the works, as well as projects with Pete Rock and DJ Premier.


Main article: Kurupt discography



  • 1995 Murder Was the Case: The Movie
  • 1998 Straight from the Streets (Video)
  • 1999 Charlie Hustle: Blueprint of Self-Made Millionaire (Video)
  • 1999 3 the Hard Way (Video)
  • 2000 The Up In Smoke Tour (Video)
  • 2001 Keepin' It Real (as Raw-D)
  • 2001 The Wash (as Maniac)
  • 2002 Kurupt: G-TV (Video)
  • 2002 Half Past Dead (as Twitch)
  • 2002 Dark Blue (as Darryl Orchard)
  • 2003 Fastlane (TV episode called "Dosed" (as Fallon)
  • 2003 Hollywood Homicide (as K-Ro)
  • 2003 "Hardware: Uncensored Music Videos - Hip Hop Volume 1"(Video) (segment "The Next Episode")
  • 2003 Tupac: Resurrection
  • 2003 "Vegas Vamps"
  • 2004 "I Accidentally Domed Your Son" (as Krego)
  • 2004 Johnson Family Vacation (as himself)
  • 2005 "A Talent for Trouble" (as himself)
  • 2005 Brothers in Arms (as Kansas)
  • 2006 "Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops"
  • 2006 Stand By Your Man (as Joker)
  • 2007 Half Past Dead 2 (as Twitch)
  • 2007 Vice (currently filming) (as TJ Greene)

Grammy Award nominations

Kurupt has been nominated for one Grammy Award but has not yet won an award as of 2006.

Category Genre Song Year Result Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group (with Daz) Soundtrack "What Would You Do" 1996 Nominated


External links

v • d • eTha Dogg PoundKurupt · Daz DillingerAlbums Dogg Food · Dillinger & Young Gotti · 2002 · The Last of Tha Pound · Dillinger & Young Gotti II: Tha Saga Continuez... · Cali Iz Active · Dogg Chit · 100 WayzSingles "New York, New York" · "Let's Play House" · "Coastin'" · "Push Bacc" · "Cali Iz Active" · "Sittin on 23z" · "Vibe" · "They Don't Want It" Related articles Kurupt discography · Daz Dillinger discography · D.P.G. Recordz · v • d • eKurupt Albums Kuruption! · Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha · Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey · Originals · Against tha Grain · Same Day, Different Shit · Against Tha Grain Tha E.P.Singles "We Can Freak It" · "Ask Yourself a Question" · "C-Walk" · "Girls All Pause" · "Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha" · "Who Ride Wit Us" · "Trylogy" Filmography The Wash · Half Past Dead · Dark BlueRelated articles Discography · Tha Dogg Pound Categories: 1972 births | American rappers | Death Row Records artists | Living people | African American rappers | Musicians from Philadelphia | American vegans | Philadelphia rappers | West Coast rappersHidden categories: Articles lacking sources from May 2007 | All articles lacking sources | All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements since May 2008 | Articles needing additional references from June 2008