He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Ricardo Brown.
His debut was on Dr. Dre's The Chronic in 1992, as a part of the two person group The Dogg Pound with Daz. Soon after that Kurupt signed to Death Row Records. He released an album with Daz called Dogg Food in 1995 on Death Row Records. Kurupt became friends with the late rapper Tupac Shakur when Tupac signed with Death Row in 1996 and it was Tupac who gave him the nickname Young Gotti.
In 1997 Kurupt left Death Row records for a position at Artimus Records as an A and R, but still remained friends with Death Row and appeared on many albums published by Death Row. In 1998 under Artimus records he released a double album called Kuruption which went platinum (sold one million records). Shortly after that he released The Streetz is a Mutha which also went platinum. In 2001 The Dogg Pound released 2002 under Death Row and Gotti & Dillinger under DPG and Artimus Records. That year Kurupt also released his third solo LP Space Boogie.
In 2002 Kurupt met back up with Death Row CEO Suge Knight shortly after he got out of jail and signed with Death Row records (now renamed Tha Row). By signing with Tha Row, Kurupt started a feud with Daz, Snoop and all of the DPG: his old friends. Kurupt is now working for Tha Row and will be coming out with an album called Against The Grain.
Since 2000, Kurupt has been in a relationship with the female rapper Natina Reed (born 1979) of the group Blaque. They were going to get married in August, 2001, but delayed the marriage for career reasons.