With the release of his ”Streetz Iz a Mutha” album on Nov. 2, rapper Kurupt, formerly of the West L.A.-based Tha Dogg Pound, may start a dogfight of his own. On a hidden track, ”Callin’ Out,” the MC accuses — without naming — ex-fiancée Foxy Brown of two-timing him with rapper DMX, and verbally assaults such East Coast rappers as Ja Rule, the Firm, and DMX’s posse Ruff Ryders.
This sort of coastal conflict is hardly new: It’s thought to have been a factor in the unsolved murders of West Coaster Tupac Shakur and East Coaster Biggie Smalls. On 1996’s ”Hit ’em Up,” Shakur boasted he’d slept with Smalls’ wife, Faith Evans (which she denies). But it seemed an uneasy peace had been reached — until now. ”It amazes me that no lessons were learned from the deaths of two legendary rappers,” says Brown’s publicist Marvet Britto.
Kurupt claims lyrics like ”If it wasn’t for the West/those rap niggas/wouldn’t need a vest/around their chest” are personal, not geographical. ”It ain’t got nothing to do with the East Coast,” he says. ”It’s got to do with niggas and bitches, pistols and punks, money and ho’s.”
Both Brown and DMX declined to comment. But DMX spokesman Angelo A. Ellerbee says, ”We’re not feeding into the negative,” and adds that his client and Brown were never an item.