Our writers highlight a handful of notable records scheduled to hit the shelves this Tuesday. Plus, check the full list of this week's releases:
Tha Dogg Pound
For anyone catching feelings and sighing "Finally" over Three Six Mafia's 2006 Oscar win, consider it's been ten years since Tha Dogg Pound received a Grammy nod. Which is worth noting as an illustration of the industry's bizarrely dysfunctional hip-hop G-spot. However, as infrequent the action may be, the lapse occasionally works in the art's favor. Daz and Kurupt, the principle members of D.P.G., followed up star turns on two of the most important albums of the '90s, Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle, and a multi-platinum debut album with a decade of inter-label and interpersonal squabbling. Five albums later, the original two reunited and produced Cali Iz Active, their most consistent effort since their debut. Perhaps feeling the spirits, Daz and Kurupt return with another full-length less than a year later. The cheeky pun in the title, Dogg Chit, is but one nod to the group's roots; the cover resembles a where-are-thy-now-style take on the debut's cover, and West Coast mainstays such as Snoop, Too Short, RBX, Bad Azz, and Jayo Felony fill the guest roster. But Dogg Chit also appears to be a farewell to the past; Daz has described the album as "the last of that type . . . that really has a self-hatred mind frame." Does this mean a Dogg Day Afternoon or My Life as a Dogg is around the corner? May be time for NARAS to prepare its O-face once again. ~Dan Nishimoto
After his album from last year, Nineteeneighties, found him covering giants of that decade including R.E.M., the Pixies, and the Cure, Strangelet includes new material from long-time singing/songwriting troubadour Grant-Lee Phillips. Riffing on its title, Phillips calls his new work "a strange album for strange times," which seems to be an ever-increasing subgenre in today's music world. No covers here; just twelve tracks of Phillips ruminating about ageing, love and the magic of human experience. ~John Zeiss
Red Gone Wild
Let's be real, kids: All we really expect from Redman is "raised-middle finger, Jersey-baked funk." Since debuting on EPMD's "Hardcore" seventeen (!) years ago, Funk Doc has maintained a buoyant party vibe through five solo albums, two collaborative records, and numerous single appearances. So, in spite of the lapse between albums (it has been six years since Malpractice) and anticipation for this hip-hop hero's return, we can reasonably expect a certain reliability from Mr. Reggie Noble's nom de rap. Red has pushed the addition of his Gilla House crew as the main difference on Red Gone Wild, but the truly notable features are the fresh collaborations with familiar faces: Biz Markie, Pete Rock, Snoop and Nate Dogg. Get sum Red or get the bozack. ~Dan Nishimoto
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