My favorite part of G-Funk is that, to me, it sounds like cool feels. You know, when you put on your favorite outfit, have a drink and say to yourself: “Damn, I look good!” That’s the feeling I get every time I listen to G-Funk.
Doggy Bag is a collection of songs from the vault of West Coast gangsta rap’s finest. Debuting on Dr. Dre’s classic The Chronic, Tha Dogg Pound (made up of Daz Dillinger and Korrupt) were an essential part of early and mid-nineties West Coast rap scene. This collection of songs has that classic feel and includes cameo’s by giants like Snoop Dogg, Warren G, The Lady of Rage, and Nate Dogg. The tracks feature classic G-Funk beats and production, lyrics about weed, women and wanna-be’s, and the extraordinary bragging of Capital G’s.
The opening track ‘Like Dis’ has an amazing G-Funk beat, one truly for the Hip-Hop textbooks. With the opening lyrics “See we do it like this/it’s just another day to get high/the first thing on my mind when I open my eyes/is my plays on layaway and today’s payday/and I’ma get paid today” this smooth track helps set the tone for the entire album. It pays respect to L.A and its beaches and streets where the rappers grew up, and treats women and weed as their reward for their musical success.
‘U Ain’t Tha Homie No More’ is an aggressive track that challenges the hood authenticity of a wanna-be rival (The first distinguishable word is ‘Fuck’). It builds up the credit and accomplishments of Korrupt and Daz and the featured artist, Crooked I, with lines like “Rough and rugged and raw smashing niggas jaw/cash money make me move something/fives, tens and hundreds make a nigga kill something/I call my niggas on the mobile rollin in my photo classic//stepping out on these niggas prepared and blasted.”
Overall, Doggy Bag is a thoroughly enjoyable return to the mid-nineties. A worthy endeavor from Tha Dogg Pound, it does at times feel repetitive and slightly antiquated. Much of the style, approach, and feel of the album was done better on other Death Row albums (Doggystyle, Dogg Food and All Eyez on Me). This is an album best enjoyed with a glass of gin and juice when you need a trip down memory lane.