Kenya Ware Shares Behind-The-Scenes Throwback Video Of Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Lil’ Half Dead & The Dogg Pound During “21 Jumpstreet” Session

In the mid-1990s, the world witnessed the rise of gangsta rap, a genre that revolutionized the music industry and introduced a new wave of artists. Among them were Snoop Dogg, a charismatic rapper with a unique flow and undeniable talent, Nate Dogg, Kurupt & Daz Dillinger of the Dogg Pound, The LBC Crew, Lil’ Half Dead, and others.

Kenya Ware, a producer/costumer/stylist who got her start during the early days of Death Row Records, captured exclusive behind-the-scenes moments with Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound in 1994. In The video clip, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Lil C-Style, Big C-Style, Shawn Dogg, June Dogg, Tray Deee, Ty Cuzz, and Joe Cool can all be seen reciting the lyrics to the song “21 Jumpstreet”, with Daz and Kurupt just out of camera view.

Released in 1994 as part of the iconic Murder Was The Case soundtrack, the song “21 Jumpstreet” stands as a testament to the raw talent and undeniable charisma of Snoop Dogg, as well as the innovative spirit that defined the West Coast hip-hop scene of the ’90s. This Daz Dillinger-produced track not only encapsulates the themes explored in the film but also serves as a homage to the iconic television series that inspired it.

“21 Jumpstreet” takes us on a sonic journey back to the streets of South Central Los Angeles, an environment plagued by crime, violence, and social inequality. Snoop Dogg’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of the challenges faced by young African-Americans growing up in these rough neighborhoods. Through his distinctive storytelling, he brings to light the harsh realities of life on the streets, providing a voice to those who are often overlooked or misunderstood.

The song’s title pays tribute to the immensely popular television series 21 Jump Street, which aired from 1987 to 1991. The show tackled serious social issues, using undercover young police officers to infiltrate high schools and investigate crimes. Snoop Dogg’s track embraces the rebellious spirit of the series, blending the worlds of music and film to deliver a powerful message about the ongoing struggle for justice in marginalized communities.

“21 Jumpstreet” also stands as a memorable collaboration between Snoop Dogg and fellow West Coast rapper Tray Deee. Their combined talent and chemistry on this track make it a standout moment on the Murder Was The Case soundtrack. Together, they deliver hard-hitting verses that resonate with authenticity, providing a refreshing perspective on the reality of life in their respective neighborhoods.

The DPGC was a prominent collective within the West Coast rap scene. Formed in Long Beach, California, the group consisted of various talented artists who played an instrumental role in shaping the sound of gangsta rap, and Kenya Ware’s behind-the-scenes coverage provided a small glimpse during the creation and celebration of “21 Jumpstreet,” capturing the crew’s charisma, creativity, and dedication to their craft.