Dogg Food is the first studio album by the American hip hop group Tha Dogg Pound. Its controversial lyrics were the subject of shareholder protest. (The album was supposed to be released in July 1995. As a result of the controversy from Time Warner, the release was delayed for three months.) Two singles were released from the album, "Let's Play House" and "New York, New York", featuring Nate Dogg and Snoop Doggy Dogg, respectively.
It reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 277,500. Though it eventually sold over 2 million records (2× Platinum), Dogg Food did not equal the success of preceding Death Row Records releases (The Chronic and Doggystyle). It is one of the last high-selling and critically acclaimed releases from the label, preceding only Tha Doggfather and 2Pac's albums as an anticipated album, and is the last album to be "officially" produced under the G-Funk (subgenre) era of hip-hop. Though Dr. Dre was Death Row's top producer, the album was mostly produced by Dat Nigga Daz. Dr. Dre mixed the album. Dogg Food led the way for Daz to become the top in-house producer for Death Row until his departure in the late 1990s.
In the months leading up to the album's release, Kurupt appeared on BETRapCity and announced that "Reality" (a song that features Tray Dee) would be the lead single for the album. However, this song was never released as a single.
The video for the second single, "New York, New York", caused some controversy when Snoop appeared in it kicking down buildings throughout New York. This led to a response record by Capone-N-Noreaga, Mobb Deep and Tragedy Khadafi called "L.A., L.A.", with a music video in which impersonated Dogg Pound members were thrown from the Queensboro Bridge. The trailer of the Dogg Pound was also shot at during the process of making the "New York, New York" video. The song is one of three tracks on the album not produced by Daz, as DJ Pooh provided the beat.
The opening track contains a line of disrespect towards the rival rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, as Kurupt raps, "Ain't got no love for no hoes in harmony," picking up from the earlier row between the Dogg Pound mentor Dr. Dre and Bone's mentor Eazy-E. This is consistent with most of the Death Row releases up to this point, as the Chronic contains the Eazy E insults on tracks 1 and 2, Snoop's Doggystyle contains them in a conversation (skit) with Daz, and the Murder Was The Case album contains a Ruthless slight in the track "What Would You Do?".
The track "I Don't Like To Dream About Gettin' Paid" is a remake of an original track recorded by 213 (Snoop, Nate, Warren G) before they were famous, and Nate Dogg appears in the chorus of the track. 213 had two underground songs ("I Don't Like To Dream About Gettin' Paid" and "Long Beach is A Mutherfucka") that are still rare and unreleased.
In the original tracklist, "U Can't Cee Me" featuring George Clinton and produced by Dr Dre, was the 8th track of the album. This song was deleted. This first tracklist come from on a promo paper titled "Dogg Food : Ingredients" in 1995 where the song is listed "Can't Cee Me" (Self-Explanatory, featuring George Clinton). The song was later given to 2Pac who recorded his album All Eyez On Me when Tha Dogg Pound album was going to be released.