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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Tim Dog was in a league of his own. After his debut on Ultramagnetic MC’s “A Chorus Line” (the b-side of their “Travelling At The Speed of Thought” single), it would be another two years until he dropped the hilarious “Fuck Compton” on Ruffhouse Records in 1991, a record which spoke on the frustrations that many New York rappers felt in light of West Coast chart dominance in the wake of the rise of NWA, MC Eiht, DJ Quik and the like. His Penicillin On Wax LP had a major impact on hardcore rap fans in part because it saw the return Ultramagnetic to the game after an extended hiatus.
With Ced Gee, DJ Moe Love and TR Love on the beats and Kool Keith providing a couple of verses, this was a welcome return from the crew who hadn’t been heard from since they left Next Plateau. Tim Dog himself was also a larger-than-life character, proudly declaring himself to be a “Bronx Nigga” that was ready to take back his borough’s birth-right, by any means necessary. The “One Seven O” remix of the aforementioned track made reference to Bronx River, Zulu Nation, Soundview Projects and various other local landmarks. The numerous beat changes of “Goin’ Wild In The Penile”, the unstoppable “Step To Me”, the ridiculously rabid “Dog’s Gonna Getchta” and the Hustler Letter‘s style “Secret Fantasies” were just some of the highlights of his debut.
The impact of his first single was significant enough to elicit responses from the majority of his targets in LA, with CMW’s “Who’s Fuccin’ Who”, DJ Quik’s “The Last Word” and “Way 2 Fonky” and Dr. Dre with “Fuck Wit Dre Day” and “Puffin’ Blunts And Drankin’ Tanquery”. Tim notoriously failed to show-up at the 1st Annual Rapper’s Boxing Championships, resulting in Freddie Foxxx having to fight in his place (and calling out the Dog in the process). HE dropped a solid second album titled Do Or Die in ’93, which featured slightly more conceptual material such as “If I Was A Cop” and featured a show-stopping cameo from KRS-One of “I Get Wrecked”.
That’s not to say that the Dog was through with his campaign against the West, as he dedicated “Bitch With A Perm” to Snoop Dogg, accusing him of biting Slick Rick and Smooth B. 1997 saw him reunite with Kool Keith for the Ultra Big Time album, while the 00’s saw him release two independent albums, and he was also rumored to have flown to Australia to perform at a fan’s 18th birthday party for something in the range of $10,000, and later became embroiled in a beef with an Australian rapper over $500 which resulted in Tim making a track boasting that “I had sex with your employee with the lights on!”. Most recently, Tim Dog was featured on Dateline after it was revealed that he had conned women all over the world out of $30,000 for “a piece” of his 5-CD Greatest Hits box set. He passed away due to complications from diabetes on 14 February, 2013, at the age of 46.
Bronx resident $amhill recalls the impact of Tim Dog on his block:
“He affected my block and my neighborhood wit Penicillin On Wax, which is an ignorant classic. I was the lil’ nigga always observing. These dudes are older than me, so when “Fuck Compton” came out, I didn’t know who he was, or that he was from Webster. The projects on Webster are broken into two parts – Webster projects from 168th st to 169th st. And Butler projects from 169th st to 171st Claremont park, in Claremont village in Morrisainia of the south Bronx. The impact was crazy cos he was talkin hood shit. Talkin about how his brother got robbed by a dude everybody knew. “Fuck Compton” was so disrespectful that we all loved it. I seen him a few times wit Ced Gee cuz some of Ultramag lived in the other projects on Washington. Sho was the first rapper I seen on TV then in the street. But I been seen these dudes before TV I just didn’t know their strength. I was confused as a child cuz I love NWA. But the whole hood loved “Fuck Compton”. The album was dope to me. Aggressive and ignorant just like some niggas from the hood. Weird he died on Valentines day after connin’ all those women. Typical Webster nigga!”
Salutes to Tim Dog, a true hardcore soldier who repped the Bronx to the fullest, both on and off record. Rap is poorer for his loss.
Ultramagnetic MC’s – “A Chorus Line”
Tim Dog – “Fuck Compton”
Tim Dog – “Bronx Nigga” (One Seven O Mix)
Tim Dog – “Step To Me”
Tim Dog feat. KRS-One – “I Get Wrecked”
Tim Dog – “Bitch With A Perm”
See also: J-Zone – The Legacy of Tim Dog.
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