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Tim Dog

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Bronx, New York NY, United States (1967 – 2013)

Tim Dog (real name Timothy Blair, January 1, 1967 – February 14, 2013?) was an American rapper from the Bronx, New York who rose to prominence during the early ’90s with his debut LP Penicillin on Wax and the celebrated diss record “Fuck Compton”. “Fuck Compton” appeared in XXL Magazine’s “Top 25 Diss Tracks of All Time” and earned Tim Dog critical acclaim from producer Blockhead who said that Tim Dog’s “Dog’s Gonna Getcha” (off Penicillin on Wax) is “quite possibly the hardest song ever made. Nas shouts out Tim Dog on his track “Where Are They Now?” from his 2006 Album Hip Hop Is Dead and despite Tim Dog’s beef with Dr. Dre, Eminem name-checked him on the track ‘Ricky Ticky Toc’.

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During the early 1990s, seminal rap group N.W.A and several other West Coast rap artists were becoming popular within the hip hop community and magazines such as Rap Masters, Word Up and The Source provided significant coverage to artists from Los Angeles. The success of N.W.A and their focus on the South Central L.A. suburb of Compton via their platinum album Straight Outta Compton had spawned a number of imitators and other groups who also claimed to represent the suburb. The success of artists such as Compton’s Most Wanted and DJ Quik led to a period in hip hop where so-called “gangsta rap” and its trademark dress of black Los Angeles Raiders and Los Angeles Kings gear were de rigueur.

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