In the mid-1990s, the Dogg Pound stirred up controversy when they released their “New York, New York” music video, which was perceived as a diss toward the city. However, that wasn’t the initial intent when heading to the East Coast to film it.
During a recent interview with Vlad TV, Kurupt recalled the moment in his career, explaining that the group was upset that they were shot at during their visit… so, they kicked down buildings in the iconic video.
“It wasn’t tense until they shot at us… We was hurt,” he explained. “We thought New York would love us for that record. [It’s] a Melle Mel record. It’s ‘New York, New York.’ I put battle raps on there. And, we thought they would love it. ‘Cause it was like New York is the epicenter. It’s the Mecca of this mic, and I put that mic sh*t on there, man. We thought we did — We like ‘We in there. Oh we in.’ All we gave a f*ck about was winning over New York and them saying ‘You guys are good.’ That’s all we gave a f*ck about… I just wanted to be known as a great emcee. And they shot at us, cuz. That’s why we kicked everything the f*ck over.”
Kurupt goes on to explain that the song was recorded as an ode to New York and that they even wanted to get Nas, Big L and the Notorious B.I.G. to make cameos… but obviously, it didn’t happen.
“The whole concept of the visual video was to get all the New York rappers in with us, and have a good time,” he said. “We were in Times Square. We wanted Nas there and Biggie. And everybody that was rocking at the time, we wanted ’em right there. Big L, I think was still alive. Big L, we seen him in the mall, ‘Come on through man. This record is dedicated from the West Coast to you guys who opened up these doors for us.’ They didn’t see it like that. And, they shot at us. Well, they didn’t. But the streets did.”
“New York, New York” appeared on the Dogg Pound’s 1995 debut album, Dogg Food, which went double-platinum and featured the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Tray Deee, among others.