Former Death Row Records artist and legendary member of The Dogg Pound duo has been through it all. Throughout the course of his 20-year music career, the Philadelphia born emcee has seen two of his famous peers from Death Row Records pass away. In the mid-90s, Kurupt was on Death Row Records when the world saw the tragic ending of his fellow label mate Tupac Shakur. In 2011, Nate Dogg passed away due to complications from multiple strokes. Nate was a frequent DPG collaborator and a good friend of Kurupt’s. More recently, Natina Reed (of R&B group Blaque) lost her life to a tragic traffic accident. The 32-year-old singer was Kurupt’s former fiance and mother of his son, Tren. Kurupt performed an honorable duty by paying for the funeral arrangements of Natina Reed. In a recent interview with AllHipHop.com, the 40-year-old rap legend spoke on his current career plans. He also expressed his feelings about the passing of his former fiance and long time friend Nate Dogg. Below is an excerpt from the exclusive interview Kurupt did with AllHipHop.com:
AllHipHop.com: This March marks the two-year anniversary of Nate Dogg’s passing. How do you see the music industry remembering his legacy and continuing to carry along his music into the future?
Kurupt: It’s crazy. Even when you’re not here, you’re still here. I know I can speak for a lot of people – Nate Dogg is still here. He’s here through his music; he’s here through our hearts and souls. Nate’s gonna be here forever, Nate and ‘Pac. But it does hurt each year that goes by. One thing about Nate, as time goes by, we miss him even more. He was a brother; he was more than a friend.
AllHipHop.com: Do you have any thoughts or comments on the passing of Natina Reed?
Kurupt: She was somebody that you fell in love with immediately. She loved everything. She loved everybody. You just didn’t want to get her mad [laughter]. I was privileged enough to have her in my life as my fiancee. Natina brought the best out of me. We was privileged to have us a beautiful baby boy, Tren. Some people you expect to see until you pass away. Nate was one; Natina was another.
To read Kurupts’s entire interview, click on the following link: http://allhiphop.com/2012/11/23/veterans-way-kurupt-on-old-friends-new-music-and-life-after-death/