Ricardo Emmanuel Brown (born November 23, 1972) is an Americanrapper and actor, better known by his stage name Kurupt. His career began in the early 1990s when he was signed to Death Row Records and shortly after formed the duo Tha Dogg Pound with Daz Dillinger. After leaving Death Row in 1996, he signed with A&M and released his debut studio album, Kuruption! in 1998. He is also a member of the hip-hop supergroups The HRSMN and Diirty OGz. Rappers Eminem and Kendrick Lamar have cited him as an influence and as one of the most lyrically skilled rappers of all time.