Dillinger announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday, Nov. 22, while sharing the cover art for the group’s self-titled debut album Warning. The illustrated artwork features the West Coast quartet in blue prison uniforms as the surrounding inmates cause a ruckus in the prison.
Warning is set to arrive sometime in 2023 and will offer up to 14 new tracks for fans to enjoy. The album will also be released by the supergroup’s own label, NMatez Records.
“NEW NMATEZ ALBUM ALERT COMING SOON 2023 14 NEW SONGS @theladyofrage_ @narrator_rbx @official_kurupt @dazdillinger PRD BY @DAZDILLINGER EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY N-MATEZ on NMATEZ RECORDS artwork,” @Dabaiz captioned his artwork by posthazbrotz.
There are no other tidbits about what’s to come from the project. However, it has been a long time coming for fans of Kurupt, Daz, The Lady of Rage and RBX.
First introduced as a subsidiary of Death Row Records in the early 90s, N Matez appeared on Dr. Dresblockbuster solo debut The Chronicamong other publications. The foursome have often toured together over the years and finally cemented themselves a group in 2011 while on the road with Snoop Dogg.
The collective released their first song with the title “Tragic” same year, with production chops from Daz. The track was accompanied by an official music video directed by Dah Dah that was shot in London, England.
There were plans to release a full-length N Matez album with the title Stay of executionbut nothing came up till now.
The supergroup’s new album announcement comes months after Daz Dillinger revealed that he is retiring from Hip Hop. It’s unclear when he changed his mind, but the Tha Dogg Pound member explained in an Instagram PSA that rapping is no longer fun for him.
“This legend is officially retired since 2022. Not my problem anymore,” he wrote in his post, before continuing in the caption: “IM DONE RAPPIN CUZ ITS OVER FOR ME IT WAS NICE WHEN IT WAS [FIRE] BUT LEARNING IS NOT FUN. SO I CALL IT. THIS IS MY LAST POST.”
Days later, Daz returned to Instagram to announce that he had opened a new studio called Dogg Pound Sound Studios, where the new group may have been recording their upcoming album.
“I [LOVE} THE RETIREMENT LIFE,” Daz wrote in his post. “CUZ WHEN U SELF MADE YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. SHOUT TO MY BIGG CUZZN @biggg_jeff THE COLONEL STAY TUNE MORE TO COME FROM.”
Revisit Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound and The Lady of Rage’s “Puffin’ on Blunts & Drankin’ Tanqueray” below.