Filed under: Not Your Average,Promos & Exclusives
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
One of rap’s greatest trash talkin’ tough guys is back with some new music… the one and only Tim Dog. While he cermented his place in hip-hop history with “Fuck Compton” (and the less aggressive although still effective radio version known as “Forget Compton”), his second album had some great tracks on it as well. When Penicillin On Wax was released in ’91, I couldn’t get my hands on a copy quick enough, although that was largely due to the fact that I’d been starved of any new Ultramagnetic material for over two years. The Dog proved to be an entertaining character, and tracks like the anti-Happy Rap “I Ain’t Takin’ No Shorts” with Kool Keith, “Secret Fantasies”, “Bronx Nigga” and the “DJ Quik Beatdown” skit sealed the deal.
The last time I heard from Tim was on the Ultra Big Time album he did with Keith, but that was at the height of “Keith Mania” when Poppa Large was releasing a new album every month under a different alias and as such it proved to be pretty disposable, save for the hilarious back cover. Thankfully, Tim Dog soon tired of this foolishness and broke north.
The new single, “The Original Dog”, seems to be aimed at DMX, although I remember Tim getting heated about that A&R kid calling himself “Buttnaked” Tim Dawg a few years back, so maybe it’s about him as well. The “Twist” mix sounds like somethingSwizz Beats might have done a few years back, but the “BX” version is a lot better with different lyrics and it’s use of the trusty “Naulilus” break and some “Pussyfooter” drums. “You’ve got the audacity to run with this whole dog shit and not call and do a track with me? That’s blasphemy!” barks the Dog, who sounds pretty much the same as he 14 years ago, which is a good thing in my book.
Tim Dog - The Original Dog (BX Mix) [Big City Entertainment, 2005]
Review copy supplied courtesy of Shogun Distribution.
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