Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger) recently stopped by TMZ’s Raq Rants and gave a really interesting interview. Among other things, they said that if Tupac were alive, he’d probably call today’s rappers corny.
In all honesty, that doesn’t seem too far fetched. Even before his untimely death in 1996, Pac was never one to hold his tongue and thought a lot of rappers were lame, even back then. Kurupt went on to share how much Pac influenced him.
“He changed our work ethic,” Kurupt said in the interview, before Daz listed off the songs he produced for Pac. “I know that much. ‘Cause we used to make like one record a day. ‘Pac was like, ‘Man, y’all bullshittin.’ This is that and that’s this, told us the value of studio time. Me and Daz started cranking out four records, five records a day.”
Rap is definitely in an interesting place right now, as the divide between the older and newer generations has been the source of headlines for a while now. Kurupt says Pac’s response to rappers today would likely be pretty aggressive.
“I think he’d be speaking on it,” he said, “and I think he’d be very aggressive about it and I think people would get beat up.”
Kurupt also said that he likes Young Thug and his music, even though he’s not into him wearing dresses, like the one he sported on his latest project No, My Name is Jeffery.
“When I got the music on, I ain’t really lookin’ at it,” Daz said when pressed about whether Thugger’s dress-wearing is cool with him.
“Look, you can wear a dress, you can do whatever you want, just don’t come around me with it,” Kurupt offered. “Other than that, we’re good. I like Young Thug. I’ll do music with him, Ima ride with him 100 percent. It’s just like Frank Ocean, I’m not gonna dislike Frank Ocean for any of his choices in life. The guy makes great music and he’s never done nothing to me.”
But they did say that being a gay rapper would probably never be accepted in hip-hop.
“Never,” Kurupt said. “It doesn’t matter about the success. It’s not crackin’ man.”
At the end of the day, Kurupt said he has no problems with the gay community.
“I don’t got no problem with the gay community. Just to talk about it separates them like a religion when really they’re just human, just living their life.”
Beyond that, the two say they have a movie coming out called Ain’t No Fun and have new music coming out.
Watch the full interview above.