During the late 80's the West Coast emerged from under the shadow of New York with a slew of hot new artists, led by the trailblazing rap group N.W.A. (which featured future hip hop superstars Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E). In 1988 they exploded onto the scene with their seminal 'Straight Outta Compton' which placed a spotlight on the raw ghetto gang life happening in Compton, a poor, black, working class district in South Central Los Angeles. In one fail swoop, after New York had been the rap world's crowning glory, now LA and California was fast becoming Hip Hop Central.
Cue Tim Dog. While everyone was showing Compton and it's inhabitants major love, Tim decided to go the complete opposite route and recorded a song simply called 'Fuck Compton'. With it's hard relentless pumping beat and lyrics leaving everyone in no doubt that this dude thought the West Coast movement was corny and wack, the record's impact was immediate. In New York the song was played from the rooftops, and Tim Dogg's 'diss' was heard around the world! Added to this was a video which showed the West Coast gangsters as a joke. Suddenly everybody was talking about Tim Dog.
Tim Blair (Dog's real name) never really achieved this level of success again, even though he released several albums. His early music career had him working with The Ultrmagnetic MC's. In recent times he had a brush with the law, pleading guilty to grand larceny in September 2011 for cheating a woman out of thousands of dollars. After meeting her online, he convinced her that he needed finance for a comeback album which never materialized. So Tim Dog has now left the building, but he has left us a piece of hip hop history.
Tim Dog 'Fuck Compton' video: