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A member of tha Dogg Pound, rapper Kurupt (a.k.a. Tha Kingpin, Kalhoon and Young Gotti) was born Ricardo Brown in Philadelphia in 1972; as a teen he was sent to live with his father in Hawthorne, CA, later befriending Snoop Doggy Dogg and signing to Death Row Records. Appearances on Dr. Dre's 1992 classic The Chronic and Snoop's 1993 debut Doggy Style followed before {Kurupt} teamed with Daz Dillinger to form tha Dogg Pound, debuting in 1995 with Dogg Food; upon co-founding the ANTRA label, he made his solo debut in 1998 with Kuruption. Just prior to the release of his 1999 sophomore effort Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, Kurupt made headlines when his bodyguard was shot to death in front of the Los Angeles studio where the rapper was recording. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
 
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