Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

by Kurupt
     
 

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With a cocksure, salacious flow that could make Dolemite blush, Kurupt delivers rapid-fire gangsta rhymes that aren't for the faint of heart. The Philly-native/ LA-transplant first made waves in the early-'90s as one half of the Snoop Dogg-formulated duo, Tha Dogg Pound. Since then, Kurupt has built his

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With a cocksure, salacious flow that could make Dolemite blush, Kurupt delivers rapid-fire gangsta rhymes that aren't for the faint of heart. The Philly-native/ LA-transplant first made waves in the early-'90s as one half of the Snoop Dogg-formulated duo, Tha Dogg Pound. Since then, Kurupt has built his reputation on raw, unadulterated G-funk rap with an East Coast penchant for marvelous metaphors. His third solo album, Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey, reprises the familiar themes of biggin' up his West Coast homies (Snoop, Nate Dogg, and his Dogg Pound partner Daz appear on the disc), flipping a middle-finger to unsavory females, and throwing a mercilessly unending slew of chest-thumping brag rhymes at his competitors, both real and imagined. Like Dr. Dre on his misogynistic album 2001, Kurupt makes even the most disrespectful barrages sound funky -- with the help of seamless production. On "The Hardest...," he holds his own with seasoned battle rhymers MC Ren and Xzibit over guitar-licks and flutes. On that smoothed-out groove, which features Nate Dogg's velvety vocals, Kurupt shocks eardrums with jarring lyrics such as: "Stick something fat up in each single bitch." Hardcore ethos notwithstanding, Kurupt also knows how to chill, which he shows on the mellow, summertime jam "Sunshine," featuring the warm R&B croon of Jon B. Though many of Kurupt's lyrics lack depth, Space Boogie's crunk beats are a sure sign that the Mothership of quintessential West Coast kick-back beats has landed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Following his career-establishing debut on Dr. Dre's The Chronic in 1992, Kurupt quickly proved that he wasn't your standard West Coast gangsta rapper. No, Kurupt is much more than that -- he has brash charisma and more than enough attitude. He doesn't shy away from drama and isn't afraid to speak his mind. Yet character only goes so far -- even in rap. On Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey, Kurupt finally brings some substantial creativity to that sense of character. This was what prevented Streetz Is a Mutha from being a great album -- he had rhymes and beats but couldn't bring it all together into a satisfying album. He does that here, to an extent. Yes, Kurupt finally manages to bring a sense of songcraft to his rhymes on Space Boogie. Every song here seems to capture a different motif: Some take a feel-good Cali-sunshine approach, others capture a theatrical gangsta approach. In addition, Kurupt employs a number of talented West Coast guests (Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg), which brings a sense of variety, and employs primarily one top West Coast producer (Fredwreck), which brings a sense of cohesion. So when you break the album down to its elements, Space Boogie has all the makings of a perfect rap album. But it ultimately falls a bit short. More than anything, Kurupt's songcraft goes a little too far as he seems willing to try everything from hardcore rap ("The Hardest...") to pop-rap ("It's Over"). And by sadly inviting along Fred Durst and DJ Lethal from Limp Bizkit, in addition to Everlast, Kurupt's ill-fated crossover ambitions seem a little too overt. Still, even if Space Boogie doesn't quite realize its ambitions by overreaching, it shows that Kurupt's on a steady path to superstardom.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
Label:
Artemis Records
UPC:
0699675108328
catalogNumber:
51083

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurupt   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jon Bon Jovi   Musician
Everlast   Guitar
MC Ren   Track Performer
Stephanie Black   Violin
Stevie Blacke   Violin
Tim Kobza   Guitar
Xzibit   Track Performer
Nate Dogg   Track Performer
Fred Durst   Track Performer
Fredwreck Nassar   Guitar,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Daz   Track Performer
Dominic Gonzales   Vocals
Christian Olde Wolbers   Bass
Sean Cruse   Bass,Guitar
Goldie Loc   Track Performer
Jason Schweitzer   Flute

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Programming
Dave Aron   Engineer
DJ Quik   Producer,Engineer
DJ Lethal   Producer
Mike Dean   Producer,Engineer
Richard Huredia   Engineer
Michael Schlesinger   Engineer
Tim Nitz   Engineer
Juanice Charmaine   Programming,Engineer
Fredwreck Nassar   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Lance Harris   Assistant Photographer
Soopafly   Producer
Daz Dillinger   Producer,Engineer
Damizza   Producer
Fingazz   Contributor

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