Kurupt :: G-TV
Video: Fortress DVD
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Kurupt's release "G-TV" is the latest in a series of hip-hop docu-drama
films released by the up and coming Fortress Entertainment Group.
Previous releases on DVD have included Tha Alkaholiks
"X.O. the Movie Experience" and the
superb Xzibit DVD "Restless Xposed."
It's a welcome sign both for hip-hop in general and fans of the West coast in
particular to see one company so specialized and focused in bringing out
artist films that show a side you DON'T see just from music videos
or read in magazine interviews.
"G-TV" is no exception to the rule in this regard, and continues the
Fortress Entertainment standard of excellence of bringing you the behind
the scenes look at the lives of hip-hop's most popular MC's. These are
"Behind the Music" movies without the interruptions of the narrator -
Kurupt tells his story in his own words. Fifteen minutes into the film
you've already seen a live performance, heard him tell a story about
the first time he smoked weed, and listened to him rap about spots he
grew up being around in L.A.: Compton, Long Beach, and Inglewood among others.
It's worth noting that the description "Unrated * Uncensored" on the
front of the box is NOT a joke or a promotional device. The 'G'
in "G-TV" does not mean "general audiences" like a Hollywood movie, it
means "gangsta audiences" like the ages eighteen and up. None of the
language or behavior involved will affont a mature aged hip-hop audience
well familiar with cursing, smoking, and sexual lasciviousness, but an
unknowing parent might be less than happy if her twelve-year-old son
rented or somehow managed to PURCHASE this DVD. Parental
discretion in this case is MANDATED.
There are plenty of highlights throughout this release. Kurupt's homey
Roscoe gets into a live freestyle battle halfway through which nearly
dissolves into a brawl when both rappers start freestyling at the same
time. It's also either comedic or embarassing to see middle class white
suburbanites throwing up gang signs and claiming DPG's in chapters of the
video simply called "Missouri" and "Fanz in Missouri." Homemade videos like
"That's Gangsta Shit" and "Represent" featuring Snoop Dogg appear throughout.
Clips shown with the song "C-Walkin Cha Cha Cha" would serve as an
instructional video in doing the dance if you didn't already know it - just
watch who you do it in front of potnah!
Unlike the previous Fortress Entertainment video for Xzibit though, there
are no actual music videos by the featured artist seen on BET or MTV
included within the compilation. Hold up though! Before you trip on
that, you should realize this DVD is a DOUBLE DISC release. If
you purchase the DVD, you get a bonus disc of all new Kurupt music
including the song "Now Wut" by Kurupt and Roscoe featured in the movie,
as well as snippets by several new artists like Vapirz and Skyz Da Limit.
The music is the typical G-Funk bounce you're probably already familiar
with as a Kurupt fan, so this extra disc is a very nice inclusion.
On the whole, this disc is a superlative collection of materials by
and about Kurupt, a pioneering West coast MC who along with his Dogg
Pound affiliates Daz Dillinger and Snoop Dogg reinvented the entire
sound of L.A. rap in the 90's. If you were already a fan of the DPG's
this movie/video would be a must-have. If you're not but you still
like West coast hip-hop, it would not be a mistake to rent and watch
this album - but you won't get the disc of bonus music that's yours
to keep if you do. Even if you're only looking for a DVD about
hip-hop music and artists in general from a fresh uncensored and raw
look at the life of a gangsta, "G-TV" should be on your wishlist.
Content: 8 of 10
Fun Factor: 8 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 8 of 10
Originally posted: February 26, 2002