According to Kurupt, Tha Dogg Pound’s “New York, New York” Was Not a Diss Song

blame it on Shake November 21, 2013
tha dogg pound 1995

Despite being regarded as a diss track by the majority of hip hop fans, Kurupt has revealed that Tha Dogg Pound’s “New York, New York” was actually a tribute to the Big Apple… at first.

During a feature with XXL where he broke down eight of his best verses, the Philly-born West Coast legend says that the ’95 record started off as a dedication to the birthplace of hip hop but the overall idea changed once him, Daz and Snoop were shot at during the video shoot.

It wasn’t even going after New York. It wasn’t a diss record. It really wasn’t. “New York, New York” was a record that we made in dedication to New York. We really felt that New York created hip-hop. New York created battle rap and the whole ball of wax so what I did was a battle rap on this beat DJ Pooh did. That beat originally, DJ Pooh made it for Biggie Smalls for a St. Ides commercial.

It really got blown out of proportion through the media. It also got blew out of proportion by a lot of people from New York because we wasn’t dissing New York. Before we were knocking down buildings, Do you remember the beginning part of the video when we were in New York in the snow and having fun? That’s the original video. We wanted Nas and everybody from New York to be in the video. It was a dedication to New York but then, we got shot at it while we were shooting it.

New York felt we were disrespecting them. [Laughs] The New Yorkers wasn’t going for it. They was like “Oh, no! You ain’t gonna shoot this shit out here dissing us.” They shot at us the next day so I mean, after they shot at us. We went back home and Snoop was like, “Man, fuck that!” Then we shot the other part of the video where we started kicking everything the fuck over. That’s why we started kicking things over because we got shot at it. [Laughs]

  • rolldatbud420

    kurupt shutup you madd Queens dissed ya on ”La La” and then Mobb deep went to cali and did they show with no problem and performed ”Drop A Gem On Dem” (2pac diss)

    • deeznuuts

      shut up you have no idea clue dumbass

    • Matt Redpath

      yah if we were talking about a battle rap kurupt in his prime would eat all of these nigga’s for breakfast, mobb deep ate off one song they’re whole career , and for nas he is the champion one the best song writers in the history of rap 2nd to pac, so you shut the fuck up and don’t forget biggie let everyone know kurupt was the best west coast mc ever, that’s why in 95 he battle 1000 east coast rappers and won each one , get your facts straight cause the way you sound, you seem happy they got shot at.

    • Spirit Equality

      You’re telling fairy tales and were clearly not around at the time. Mobb Deep got bum-rushed for trying to perform “LA, LA” in L.A. Besides that, Prodigy was so shook, he had his verse removed from the official release of the song (LOL). Prodigy also never responded to Pac while he was alive and even on “Drop A Gem”, he was too shook to refer to Pac by name. Prodigy never said anything in an interview about Snoop and them knocking over the buildings until the late 90s and instead of dissing Snoop, he dissed Jay-Z for saying “New York ain’t been the same since Snoop knocked over the buildings”. WTF, dissing the NY rapper responding instead of the LA (Long Beach) rapper who knocked the buildings over? LMAO!!!

  • jizzle

    Lol…’Red’ from “Friday” made the beat…cray.

    • kp

      do your background hes got shitloads of hits.