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This Is the Shack
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
The Dove Shack display much more than the requisite vocal skills on their debut, This Is the Shack. They fly nimbly along a freestyle course that cuts through lyrical rap and R&B crooning on the title cut (which appeared o... more »
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The Dove Shack display much more than the requisite vocal skills on their debut, This Is the Shack. They fly nimbly along a freestyle course that cuts through lyrical rap and R&B crooning on the title cut (which appeared originally on Warren G's Regulate ... G-Funk Era album) and the single "Summertime in the LBC," both instant West coast classics. Unfortunately, the trio never lives up to its promise, opting instead to fill most of the debut with unimaginative raps, misogyny, and racism. --Roni Sarig
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Classic G-Funk; more great summertime music.
Mister Hip-Hop | The Land Where Hip-Hop And Jazz Live. | 04/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Dove Shack is a group of three talented rappers who made their debut on Warren G's "This Is The Shack" from his classic Regulate: The G-Funk Era. All three members have their own personalities making them a special part of the group. Bo-Roc is my favorite, he can rap and sing very nicely as well, with a breezy, flowing style. C-Knight has a cool, yet hardcore style and laid-back rhymes. And Two Scoops flows in a rapid, mind-bending battle style. All of them are unique in their own ways. The Dove Shack's debut album, called This Is The Shack, was released on Warren G's G-Funk Records. While Warren only produced one track on the album, it's obvious he influenced the production and creation of this album greatly. All of the tracks have the laid-back summertime feel of keyboards and guitars. There are some skits in the album which some may find offensive, but are really pretty funny. Highlights on this album start out with "Smoke Out", a laid-back G-Funk looped song featuring R&B singer Montell Jordan singing on the chorus. The track has stunning raps by all three members and also has a soulful beat. "This Is The Shack" shows up on here, but this version is slightly different from the one on Warren G's album, and has Bo-Roc singing a new outro at the end. It's easily (still) a classic song. "Summertime In The LBC" is the first single, and has the nice, laid-back summer feel, a completely unforgettable song with great guitars and singing from Bo-Roc and guest Arnita Porter. A true G-Funk gem. "Bomb Drop" is a hardcore type track, with all three emcees making their presence felt, using a darker effect. "Your Mouth" is more of a playa's type of song. It has a soulful beat and Bo-Roc, C-Knight and Two Scoops let all disloyal women have it. There is a "Freestyle" track with The Dove Shack rapping straight off the tops of their heads. They do an excellent job, over a hard gangsta-style beat proving how they got their record deals! Bo-Roc even coughs in the middle and raps, "Excuse me, I had to cough" and then goes straight on, amazing. "Ghetto Life" is more of a slower style track, talking about the lifestyle of the ghetto. The three emcees take on subjects of having to survive from day-to-day, the pressure of being black in today's society, and other problems. A classic song again. "Eastside Party" is a fast-paced party song, where they go nuts and tear the track to shreds over a nice beat. "Rollin' With A Gang" is a nice semi-dark, late-night sounding track, C-Knight says my favorite line of the song, "The Kniggy Knight ain't no biter/Funky styles that I write-ah", it's comical and tight. "We Funk (The G-Funk)" is also a single, and is an obvious classic with each rapper giving his definition of G-Funk, the greatest kind of rap ever made. "There'll Come A Day" is a gangsta blues type track about people who be-friended them after they became famous with a nice guitar riff. There also is a remix of "Summertime In The LBC", with Two Scoops and C-Knight rapping on it along with Bo-Roc singing. My favorite quotes: "Why do we do what we do when we do what we do/Hangin' out late with no curfew" said by Two Scoops and C-Knight says, "We got the Coke and Hen/We got the Five Footaz and The Twinz/We got Warren G and the D-o-g" using Five Footaz, The Twinz, Warren and Snoop's names for Long Beach shoutouts. Overall, this is a great album. It's a shame these guys never got the credit they deserved. If I could've made the choice, they would've gone platinum easily. Great work, if you like Warren G, or Dogg Pound, or The Twinz, you'll love this."
The Doveshack Is Back
JazZ Styles | East Side LOng BeAcH | 05/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm From Long Beach And i personally know the doveshack. i lived next to them when this album was released and i have to say that these guys are real talented. out of bo roc, two scoops, and C-Knight i have to choose C-Knight now this guy could really flow and touch you with his tight ... lyrics. much of you don't know that c-knight has done a solo project and is out now but the name of the album is Knight Time. bo roc is still incarcerated he should be out soon. so if you loved this album please look around for The DoveShack. Also look out for Bad Azz, Hobo, Lil Goldie Loc. East Side Up ESRTCG20"
Enjoyable, long-forgotten G-Funk album
ctrx | 'bout to show you how the EAST COAST rocks... | 11/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Dove Shack were introduced to the world on Warren G's classic album "Regulate...G-Funk Era", and following that album they released their own debut. "This Is the Shack" is an entertaining and quite enjoyable album. The trio of BoRoc, Two Scoop, and C-Knight are talented, they have good voices that they sometimes use to sing, and they are pretty good rappers too. BoRoc especially stands out as a great vocal talent, singing most of the hooks. While Warren G doesn't exactly have a presence here, the beats are also good, kind of a grittier g-funk than Warren's soulful stylings, but there's some really good grooves to be found here. There's a lot of great songs on "This Is the Shack" to play for a ride in the car and a fair share of smokin' songs too, and while there are a few cuts worth skipping every time, the good ones make this album worth the purchase. Come summertime, this is my most rotated album, and the music has a beautiful sunny vibe that makes it so enjoyable. I recommend "This Is the Shack" to fans of mid-90s G-Funk like Tha Dogg Pound or Twinz, even though The Dove Shack is a pretty unique group and doesn't really sound like anyone else.
The first full song is "Smoke Out", a happy, bass-heavy weed song, it has a great vibe to it and there are some cool instrumentals like horns and a heavy drum. The chorus is nice and it's a great song. The next song, "This Is the Shack" is an extended version of the classic featured on Warren G's debut album. It has a longer intro and has an extra singing verse at the end, I love this song and think it's one of the best g-funk songs from the 90s. "Summertime in the LBC" is the second classic on this album, an upbeat R&B duet with BoRoc and a female singer. It's laidback, funky, and happy, I think it's a great song to roll to or chill to. The rest of the tracklist is not quite as strong as the opening, the placement of songs isn't great because the best three songs are at the beginning. "Bomb Drop" is totally forgettable, with no visible hook and a boring beat. "F*ck Ya Mouth" has a pretty good beat and hook, it's a decent song. "Freestyle" shows the trio's talent in freestyling but isn't really worth listening to more than once. "Ghetto Life" is an awesome song though, it might be the best on the disc. I love the beat, it has these vibes and heavy bass and it doesn't really sound like any other song I've heard before. They rap about their negative philosophies of growing up in the ghetto, it's their best song lyrically and it has a good hook. "East Side Party" is an upbeat party song, and "Rollin' With a Gang" is a slowed down, funkier track. "We Funk" is really good, soulful and joyful sounding, and "There'll Come a Day" is in the same vein. The remix to "Summertime in the LBC" at the end adds verses from the other two members of The Dove Shack, it's a little better than the original in my opinion thanks to their presence. The skits scattered throughout are your basic gangsta fare, as you could guess from the titles of them, and the album does run a little long, but overall the tracklist is strong.
"This Is the Shack" is inconsistent, but I recommend it based on the strength of the first four songs and "Ghetto Life", which are certified classics. While neither the production nor lyricism are really great, the album maintains a pretty solid feel and I like the group's chemistry and outlook. Fans of 90s West coast G-funk should purchase this album while they can, I'm sure it will be enjoyed by many and I would suggest it to most rap fans."