|Kurupt Quick Info
|5 ft 9 in
|Date of Birth
|November 23, 1972
Kurupt is an American rapper and actor. He was born and raised in Philidelphia and relocated to California, where he met Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger. He started his rap career in California with the duo Tha Dogg Pound in the 1990s. Kurupt has appeared on west-coast legendary works such as All Eyes on Me, Doggystyle, and The Chronic, all released by Deathrow Records. Then he moved to Anta Records, based out of his hometown, Philidelphia. He released 3 albums with that record, which outsold each other as released. He went back to Deathrow Records in 2006, as the Executive Vice President of the company (now Tha Records). Kurupt is active on Instagram with more than 350k followers.
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown
Kurupt, young Gotti, Kurupt Tha Kingpin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
At the age of 16, he moved to Hawthorne, California, United States.
Then at the age of 18, he moved to Crenshaw District, Los Angeles, California, United States.
- Father – Jomax Collins
- Mother – Sharon Hill Brown
- Siblings – Roscoe (Younger Brother), Angela McCoy (Younger Sister)
Kurupt is represented by Uneek Management.
Hip-hop, Gangsta Rap, G- Funk
- Death Row Records
- Gangsta Advisory
- Babygrande Records
- Doggystyle Records
- Bogish Brand Entertainment
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Kurupt has dated –
- Foxy Brown (1996-2000) – Inga Fung Marchand, better known Foxy Brown is an American rapper, model and actress who started dating Foxy in 1996. They got engaged in 1999. But later that year, their relationship started turning sour as Foxy allegedly had an affair with the rapper DMX. This occurred during the pair’s recording of Dog & a Fox in the album Chyna Doll (1999). Although both DMX and Foxy denied the allegations, Kurupt released a diss track titled, Callin’ Out Names targetting the couple. Eventually, after the murder of Dwayne “Draws” Dupree, Foxy and Kurupt’s relationship went down the drain after a shooting outside Kurupt’s studio at Los Angeles. DMX was a suspect in this. Foxy and Kurupt then officially announced their break up in 2000.
- Natina Reed (2001-2003) – Natina was an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and actress who in the early 2000s got engaged with Kurupt but never got married. They planned to get married in 2001 spring, but due to their work schedule conflicts, it was pushed to 2002 or 2003. Foxy, Kurupt’s ex dissed Natina on the track 730 from her 2001 album Broken Silence, to which Reed said that she had no interest in having feuds with people. Natina and Kurupt had a child named Tren Brown (b. 2002) during the recording of Blaque Out. Shortly after that, Kurupt and Natina split in 2003. On October 26, 2012, Natina Reed died in a traffic collision.
- Gail Gotti (2007-2017) – Gail is an American rapper whose relationship with Kurupt was rather private when they got married in 2007. They got divorced in 2017. Gail alleged that Kurupt left her because she had developed cancer. Kurupt denied these accusations and claimed that it just wasn’t working out.
Note – Kurupt has 2 daughters named Mary Brown and Morgan Brown. The name of their mother has been kept private.
Race / Ethnicity
Kurupt is of African-American descent.
Usually maintains cropped, buzz-cut hairstyle
He has endorsed Caviar Gold, a popular Los Angeles-based cannabis company which makes joints out of cannabis oil and keef. Kurupt made an entire commercial/official music video for Caviar Gold with Dr. Zodiak and Redman.
Best Known For
- Being a part of the duo Tha Dogg Pound with Daz Dillinger
- Being a member of the hip-hop supergroups The HRSMN and Diirty OGz
- Working with Snoop Dogg on his first album Doggystyle
- Releasing popular albums such as All Eyez On Me with Tupac and Dogg Food with Daz Dillinger
As a member of the duo Tha Dogg Pound, he released his debut album titled Dogg Food in October 1995.
As a solo artist, Kurupt released his debut album titled Kurruption! in October 1998. It was released by Antra Records, soon after he left Deathrow records.
He made his theatrical film debut as Maniac in The Wash in 2001.
First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance as ‘Himself’ on Soul Train in 1998.
- C-Walk dance, a crip gang ritual is mastered by Kurupt.
- He’s a close friend of Deathrow Records’ CEO, Marion ‘Suge’ Knight.
- He once wrote and produced a song called Streets on Fire with Porno The Pyros for the movie Dark Blue (2002) but it was never released.
- He left his first record label Death Row in 1996, after Tupac’s death.
- Kurupt and Daz joined the feud of Deathrow Records against Bad Boy Entertainment after Tupac joined Deathrow in 1996. He joined hands in the song New York, New York featuring Snoop Dogg which was considered as part of an album full of diss tracks.
- Kurupt developed a very strong friendship with Tupac and the Outlawz in the mid-1990s.
- Kurupt left Antra Records in 1999.
- He was associated with the group The HRSMN but they never released an album.
- Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha was an album released by his friend Daz, in which Kurupt disses DMX, who had an affair with his ex-fiancee, Foxy Brown.
- Kendrick Lamar, the rap legend has cited Kurupt to be one of his top rap influences.
- Eminem in his song Till I Collapse suggested that he considers Kurupt as one of the best hip-hop artists of all times.
- Grand Theft Auto V, a video game starred Kurupt as a part of the general crowd in 2013.
- Kurupt and Daz were nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group” for the soundtrack What Would You Do in 1996.
- Follow Kurupt on Instagram and Twitter.
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