In the Fall of 1991 I first heard Tim Dog and his seminal track "Fuck Compton." The Ced Gee produced track instantly got my approval, while the lyrics weren't going to confuse Tim Dog with Rakim, it was a defintie head nodder. I had always been a NWA and gangsta rap fan, with a collection of LA Kings and even a few Raiders (which was another interesting conumdrum for a Bronco fan) hats and gear to show my musical connection with the West Coast faction. So while "Fuck Compton" may have irritated many, it was just another chapter in the timeline of a young Hip Hop fan like myself. The 90s were a wonderful Hip Hop melting pot and Tim Fog surely mixed it up.
I've always thought that Naughty's intitial release may have "saved" East Coast Hip Hop, but Tim Dog's Penicillin On Wax made both coasts take notice...the East wasn't going anywhere. While in the annals of Hip Hop, Tim Dog may be seen as a one trick pony (although his "I Get Wrecked" with KRS in the Summer of 93 was another of the decade's underrated joints) his brief perch on top can't be ignored, then or even now.
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