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Album Review

The 2005 release of Kurupt's Against tha Grain was surrounded by drama. It was promised in early 2004 and then delayed, and it's the reunion of the snarling rapper and Suge Knight's Death Row, a label suffering a decade-long dry spell after dominating the early '90s. The album itself is strong — well rounded and slick but with sharp teeth and a hard ghetto punch. When the album addresses the Death Row drama — utilizing some old rhymes by the late 2Pac for "My Homeboys (Back to Back)," overusing up-and-comer, label signee Eastwood — things slow down a bit. Front loading all your highlights isn't the greatest idea either, but they're slamming highlights and lead to the album's darker and still satisfying second half. "Throw Back Muzic '86" is the kind of ghetto-sentimental "back in the day" club banger that gets you on the radio and restores all your street-cred in one swoop. Less contrived are the venomous and completely aware "Speak on It," the bitter and tense "Anarchy '87," and the claustrophobic stomper "Deep Dishes," but "Stalkin'" takes the cake. On the track, West Coast producer Sir Jinx proves that he just isn't heralded enough by layering jump rope chanting teen girls over a loop by cult Krautrockers Can. It's a very non-Suge Knight moment, but the scrappy Kurupt might be showing him the way with this album. Against tha Grain recalls when gutter creativity and phat West Coast beats were the label's bread and butter and all the driven music steamrolled over the competition with little concern for what people — or the boss for that matter — were sayin'. Taking the label from here is up to Suge since there's plenty of evidence Kurupt is hungry enough to dominate with or without him and by any boot-to-the-head means necessary.

Customer Reviews

good but not great

this is a pretty good album but not the best. I just want to ask itunes why the "Streets Iz A Mutha" album is not on here come on itunes step your game up! that is the best album by far!

good 10 track cd

as kurupt is winding down his career he busts back at the critics with this album AGAINST THE GRAIN...kurupt has always been notorious for calling people out for their idiotic characters (dmx)..and he continues to do the same here with tracks like "speak on it", and hard hittas like "calico" and "throw back muzik '86" Kurupt and the west coast have been changing their styles since the mid-to late 90's.. kurupt shows his versatility here. although some tracks lack integrity. like "stalkin" which I would’ve like to seen the tempo slowed a lil bit. but overall Kurupt is an original....if you are a true west coast fan and listen to the lyrics and buy most of the album...if not stay in new york and listen to your own musik

space boogie: smoke oddysey

this is a pretty good Cd, although nothing beats the rap that he brought with the album space boogie: smoke oddysey. "its over now" was probably one of the best songs kurupt has ever made. this album does have some really good tracks on it. "calico" is the best song on the whole cd. he adds the hardcore rapping of "The Dayton Family" to make this track even better.


Born: November 23, 1972 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Kurupt began his winding career with Death Row Records and rose to momentary fame alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, but struggled to establish himself as a successful solo artist. Born Ricardo Brown in Philadelphia on November 23, 1972, he moved to Hawthorne, CA, where he befriended Snoop and joined the roster of Death Row. He debuted on Dr. Dre's The Chronic (1992) and continued to contribute guest appearances to successive Death Row releases, most notably Snoop's Doggystyle (1993). He ultimately...
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