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Daz Dillinger

Location:Long Beach, CA
Genre:Gangsta Rap, Funk, Instrumental Hip-Hop
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Daz Dillinger, born Delmar Arnaud on May 25, 1973 in Long Beach, California, is an American rapper and record producer who gained recognition for his work with Death Row Records during the peak of West Coast rap's popularity.

Dillinger, like many other artists, signed with Death Row after being introduced to Dr. Dre by Warren G, during the recording of Dre's album, The Chronic. Dillinger contributed to The Chronic, as well as his cousin Snoop Doggy Dogg's multi-platinum album Doggystyle, Tupac Shakur's All Eyez on Me, and various other successful releases from the label.

His first album, Dogg Food, was released as a collaboration with Kurupt under the name Tha Dogg Pound. The album went multi-platinum, further solidifying Death Row's dominance as the most successful hip-hop label at the time. After Dr. Dre's departure from the label, Daz became Death Row's primary producer and played a significant role in Snoop's sophomore album Tha Doggfather, as well as various compilations and soundtracks. Following the death of Tupac Shakur, the departures of Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and the imprisonment of label CEO Suge Knight, Daz emerged as the main artist left on Death Row and took on a major role in the label's projects.

In 1998, he released his solo album Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back under the name Daz Dillinger, which achieved gold status. However, compared to the previous successful releases from Death Row, it was considered a commercial disappointment.

Around 2000, Daz left the declining Death Row Records and established his own label, DPG Recordz. He independently released his second solo album, 2000's R.A.W., which didn't reach the same level of success as his Death Row releases but gained a devoted following in the underground West Coast rap scene.

Solo Albums (19)