Daz Dillinger – Gangsta Crunk

Daz Dillinger - Gangsta Crunk1. Intro (Tenna Key)(Feat LiL Larry)


2. Now Dat’s Gangsta

There’s nothing “gangsta” about this track. terrible Casio-like beat here, it’s got a heavy Southern feel, but really it’s awful. Daz spouts out “NOW DAT’S GANGSTA” like it’s his new catchphrase. Wow we’re off to a bad start. Wack

3. It All Goes Down (Skit)


4. We Mean Bizniz

Eerie type beat here mixed with some Southern crunk, it’s not bad but you can tell Daz has really turned into a terrible rapper. His flow here is sloppy and consists of yelling and over exaggerating words. Eh, this is just average nonsense. Average

5. Put’n It Down (Skit)

Skit. Why the hell is there another skit after just 1 track?

6. We Goin’ Sho U

Drum heavy beat here, it’s not that good. This is the same guy that brought you Dogg Food, and he’s churning out this crap? What the hell? Man this is awful. Wack

7. I’m Lookin For Dat Gangsta *****

What a song title. This is a mixture of coasts here(beat wise). You have the Southern claps and the Westcoast bounce. It’s ok but it’s really played out. Daz adds nothing to the track flow wise. This is awful. Wack

8. Can I Bounce Dat

This started off ok with a semi soothing beat, but once it all kicked in, then that’s where it all went wrong. You don’t mix a soothing beat with a heavy Southern one, it just doesn’t work. Daz brings the cliche’s here as he just wants to “Bounce dat”. Do I care? No, no I really don’t. Crap, be gone from my ears. Train Wreck

9. Bigg O’butt

“BIG BUTT!!!! BIG BUTT!!!!” Wow this is just awful. As a matter of fact, it’s worse than awful, it’s super atrocious. Terrible Casio beat here. Daz yells some lyrics, I fall asleep. Train Wreck

10. Tow Up From Tha Flo’ Up(Feat Mz. Maya)

Who really cares about the guest? Why does he even bother to have guests on this turd of an album? Mz Maya sounds terrible here, she’s even worse than Daz. The beat is just unoriginal garbage. This will be playing on a repeated loop in hell. Train Wreck

11. Run Up & Get Dun Up(Feat Bigg Baby)

I’m already sick of this album. Daz tries to be like DJ Paul & Juicy J, but it falls flat. Those guys still have talent, Daz. Bigg Baby adds nothing to the track, then again with a name like “Bigg Baby” I knew he was going to make the track even worse. This is awful. Train Wreck

12. It’s Tyme To Ride On ’em(Feat Yo Gotti)

Decent piano beat here, probably the ebst track on the album(Which isn’t saying much). Yo Gotti is decent here. Average

13. A License To Kill

Note to Daz: You can’t sing, so stop trying to. Terrible way to end the album here, Daz has really just became a joke. Train Wreck


All in all this gets a Train Wreck rating. Wow was this awful. I’m a fan of Daz’s old work, but man has he fell off. This was a pathetic attempt at appealing to the Southern audience and really it didn’t work. This could make a good frisbee, but then again why would you pay $13.99 for a frisbee?

Tha Dogg Pound – Cali Iz Active

Tha Dogg Pound - Cali Iz ActiveThe Dogg Pound has a long history behind them. The group was introduced on Dr Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle before dropping Dogg Food in 1995. When 2pac was shot and killed, and Suge Knight put in prison, the group broke up. Kurupt left Death Row while Daz stayed. Snoop, who isn’t really a member of the group but a very close affiliate, also left the label. A few years later Daz left Death Row and Kurupt went back to Suge. Disses were exchanged before Kurupt left Death Row and Snoop brought the duo together again for this album, Cali Iz Active. I’m not sure if Snoop is an official member of the group now or not, but he’s not listed as a feature so I guess he is.

Both Kurupt and Daz used to bring energy to a song. Nowdays, Daz provides the energy while Kurupt has settled with a more laid back style than he had in his early years to many fans disappointment.

I’m not expecting Cali iz Active to be the classic Dogg Food was, but I do expect a very tight album.

1. Cali Iz Active (Produced by Battlecat)
Cali Iz Active, produced by Battlecat, is the first single. Kurupt, Daz and Snoop spit one verse each on the track and Snoop do some singing(?) at the end of the song. When Battlecat produces a song you know you’re getting a West Coast banger. This is no exception. Kurupt used to be the lyrical member of the group, but he’s outshined by Snoop AND Daz on this cut to me. Solid single. Check out the video if you’ve got the chance to.
2. Kushn N’ Pushn (Produced by L.T Moe)
Kushn N’ Pushn has a funky 70’s influenced beat. Kurupt is spitting the first verse and if you compare his flow with any song from Dogg Food you can tell his flow changed a lot. His wordplay is pretty cool sometimes but his lazy flow makes it sound more like random rhyming words. Daz comes in for the second verse and makes a solid impression as always. Snoop isn’t featured on the track. Instead, Kurupt does a third verse that leaves me with a better impression than his first. All in all it’s a solid track but nothing special. The funk-factor of the beat saves it.
3. Sittin On 23’z (Produced by Swizz Beatz)
I’m no big fan of Swizz Beatz and this song isn’t even close to making me a supporter. In other words: The beat’s wack. Daz and Kurupt tries to save it but I bet you if an underground producer would’ve produced this track it wouldn’t have made the cut. On the other hand, Kurupt and Daz makes a real good effort and Kurupt sounds like the good ole Young Gotti are got used to hearing. An other thing I like about this track is that it’s not divided into one verse per group member as if one was featured on the others track. The Doggpound is doing it like a group, with overlapping bars. No Snoop on this cut either. This is the first singles b-side. I hope an other song is selected for the second video because this one’s a sure flop.
4. Stop Lyin (Produced by Battlecat)
An other Battlecat production. That means an other tight West Coast beat and as a West Coast fan I appreciate that. I’m not sure all the East and South heads will though… Oh well too bad because this is the type of shit that made the Doggpound. One thing some people has criticised Doggpound of in the past are songs without a meaning and I tend to agree to that criticism. I think it would’ve bothered me more if I had expected it from them to begin with tho. The hook on this song is taken from an expression used by many artists: You ain’t got to lie to kick it. Solid track.
5. It’s Craccin’ All Night feat. P Diddy (Produced by J-Dubs)
P Diddy and The Doggpound? Snoop, who makes an other appearance on the album here, has done songs with P. Diddy before, but The Doggpound? Shit, I guess it’s all about being World Wide Connected, but still… Feels real weird to hear Diddy with Tha Pound. I’m sure a lot of people are going to call them sellouts after this one, but I won’t take it that far. The beat’s kind of dark with a fat bass tone and I don’t know if it’s Diddys addition or Snoop’s unusually tight verse, but this track has that lil’ extra to make it an aspiring banger.
6. Slow Your Roll (Produced by Soopafly)
I guess Soopafly isn’t an official member of The Doggpound anymore because this is his first appearance on this album and it’s on the production. After Cali Iz Active, this is probably the tightest beat this far on the album. While the other tracks have been kind of slow, this is more up-tempo and it’s making Daz and Kurupt spit some tight shit. There’s not much more to say… don’t sleep on this track.
7. Heavyweights (Produced by Ryan Leslie)
Heavyweights is an other one of those funky songs. Honestly, the funky type of beats is more suitable for Snoop than they are for The Doggpound. At first, I thought this cut had a guest on it not mentioned in the credits, but then I realized the dark raspy voice belongs to Daz. I guess he had a little too much to smoke that week… The Doggpound are, just like they are on most of the tracks on this album, repping DPG hard. I’m definately feeling this track. Mainly for the G-Funkiness of it.
8. Keepin’ It Gangsta feat. Lady Of Rage (Produced by Soopafly)
I guess The Doggpound aren’t the only old Death Row inmates reuniting on this album. According to herself, she’s “not a Dogg pound gangsta crip”, but she’s “that chick from the Dogg pound gangsta click”. To me, most female rappers are wack. The Lady Of Rage is one of a few exceptions. Daz, Kurupt and Snoop were all outshined. Kurupt are mixing solid verses with tight flow with wack verses consisting of random rhyming words. Julio G makes an appearance on the outro.
9. Hard On A Hoe feat. Nate Dogg & RBX (Produced by Rick Rock)
A West Coast classic is almost guarantied to have Nate Dogg doing the hook on atleast one song. According to the credits, Nate’s on Hard On A Hoe. Considering he kidnapped his ex girlfriend and tied her up in the basement I guess it’s a fitting song for him to feature on. Unfortunately he just does some background vocals behind Snoops hook. Other than that disappointment, the track’s real tight. RBX makes a tight appearance for the first time on the album. Rick Rock has made a simple beat for Dogg Pound to do their thing on and they do it well. Still, I’m missing a hard hitting banger from the group.
10. It’s All Good feat. Ice Cube (Produced by Battlecat)
You know how I feel about Battlecat by now (NO HOMO). This isn’t one of his best beats but it’s tight and The Dogg Pound bring it up a notch. It’s like you were in a time machine when you hear Snoop. His style on this cut is angry and much rawer than we are used to hearing him nowdays. Daz does a tight verse as he has on every song on the album, and even though Kurupt is nowhere near his Dogg Food days, he does a pretty tight verse. Ice Cube doesn’t do a verse on this track. He’s just doing a part of the hook. I was looking forward to Cube spittin’ some hot shit but oh well. It’s still a tight track.
11. Fakna** Hoes feat David Banner (Produced by David Banner)
The Dogg Pound on a David Banner beat? That’s something you don’t hear every day but it’s actually working out real well. David Banner gets crunk and we know Daz and Snoop can handle that type of shit from previous solo tracks and features, but I never heard Kurupt on a track like this before… even though his song with Bootleg on Against The Grain kind of reminds me of this cut. I’ve been going hard at Kurupt in this review, but I think it’s time to stop comparing him to the old (young?) Kurupt. Young Gotti used to be a lyricist and now he’s a solid rapper. If you compare the two it’s obvious that you’re going to be disappointed. If you take it for what it is you can still find Kurupt tight. His style is just a little more laid back nowadays. With that in mind, all rappers spit some hot shit on this cut making it one of the best tracks on the album. Putting David Banner on the album was an excellent idea. This is single material.
12. Don’t Sweat It feat. Nate Dogg & RBX (Produced by 1500)
One thing I like about this album is that The Dogg Pound rep the West Coast hard. You haven’t really heard a lot of that shit in the mainstream lately. Don’t Sweat It starts off with Snoop saying “Did somebody say the West Coast?”. Other than that, it’s not one of the highlights of the album. The beat’s not bad but my expression of the track is that it just doesn’t do it for me. The highlight is RBX spitting a real raw verse. His voice fits real well to the beat. I don’t know why Nate Dogg is credited here though. Could be him saying “Ohhh” real low in the background of the hook but it might as well be any random person.
13. Make that P**** Pop feat. Paul Wall (Produced by Shondrea)
I think the cover art may be wrong on Don’t Sweat It. Nate Dogg was probably meant to be listed as a feature onMake That ***** Pop… Unless that’s someone else with a similar voice doing the hook. Other than the somewhat catchy hook, the track isn’t that good. Paul Wall makes a solid appearance but it’s not exactly going to show up on his greatest hits album. It’s an average track and to me a filler.
14. Throwin’ Up Da C (Produced by Soopafly)
Finally a faster type of track! A faster beat forces Kurupt to go back to his old style and it fits Daz perfectly. Daz often disappears from the limelight when Snoop, who is not on this track, and Kurupt do tracks with him, but he’s right now the best rapper of the group in my opinion. Soopafly laced a real tight beat making this one of the highlights of the album.
15. Face 2 Face (Produced by Battlecat)
Face 2 Face has a real weird beat and even though I’m a fan of Battlecat I think this track could’ve been left off the album. Kurupt, Snoop and Daz does their best but the beat’s just too weak. Skip this track.
16. She Likes That (Produced by Jazze Pha)
Ladies and gentlemen… This is a Jazze Phizzle Produzzle. If I got a buck every time I heard that… Kurupt, Daz and Snoop has all taken the turn to speak on hoes on every other track. This one’s basically about hoes sucking dick and how Dogg Pound likes *****. Even though it’s not very original, it’s a solid track and nice way to finish off the album.


This album is very hard to grade. Tight tracks are mixed with real weak performances. Kurupt disappoint me every time I hear him nowdays, but like I mentioned before we should probably not compare him too much to his old style. The change of style makes me appreciate Daz more than I did on Dogg Food. Daz is now the best rapper of the group to me even though Snoop sometimes wakes up and spit real hot shit.

With a three man group, there’s no big need of guest appearances. Still, the guests on this album add something you wouldn’t have gotten without them even though Ice Cube and Nate Dogg added nothing due to the fact that they didn’t do anything. The Lady Of Rage, RBX and David Banner made the biggest impression and were excellent picks for the album.

To compare this album to Dogg Food would be like compating Kurupts new style to his old. Dogg Food is a 5 out of 5 classic to me, or possibly a 4,5 out of 5 arguable classic. This album is nowhere near that rating.

I have to admit the album’s pretty tight though and deserves a rating above average. There aren’t alot of West Coast albums making a big impression nowdays so the West has really been awaiting this album. It’s a slight disappointment even though my expectations probably were too high. I rate this album 3.5 out of 5. Worth mentioning is that it’s alot closer to getting a 4 out of 5 rating than it is to getting 3/5. As a West Coast fan, you should definately get it.

Daz Dillinger – Retaliation Revenge & Get Back

Daz DIllinger - Retaliation Revenge & Get BackArtist: Daz Dillinger¨
Title: Retaliation Revenge And Get Back
Lable: Death Row
Year: 1998


1. Gang Banging Ass Criminal (feat. Tray Dee, Soopafly, Kurupt, Bad Azz and Technique)

Great way to kick off the album. What a track. Basically features the whole Dogg Pound posse. Great production here. Perfect to freestyle over. Everyone for the most part is correct with their verses but Technique easily steals the show. Probably his best verse ever.

Technique: “The same thing, different place With snakes, cowards and strong grown Robbery cases, niggas faces On paperchase It was seen, it was written It ain’t forbidden For homies to be splittin’ Disagree, no one was hitten Known with the curls The many obstacles Impressions to the feet from gettin’ served”

2. It’s Going Down (feat. Kurupt)

Nice track. The production is good but after a while it get’s too repetitive. Daz and Kurupt both spit great verses. Nice chorus as well.

3. Playa Partners (feat. B-Legit)

Definently a favorite of mine. The track features Bay Area vet B-Legit. I love the production here. Nice bouncy G Funk. Both Daz and B-Legit are nice on this track. I wish they would work together more often.

4. It Might Sound Crazy (feat. Too $hort)

Classic track. One of the singles from the album. Basically a pimp song about females. Good track overall. Too Short and Daz make a great duo.

5. Our Daily Bread (feat. Kurupt)

Tight track from Daz and Kurupt aka Tha Dogg pound. The beat here sounds oddly familiar to 50 Cent’s “In Da Club”. Both and Kurupt spit great verses on the song. Surprisingly Daz outshines Kurupt.

Daz: “Revolved around forty-four niggaz for the rep Sweat the whole block with the Mack-90, automatic semi-tech Now the whole shit is respected Slowly but surely homies catching death wishes, and laugh You’re trying to catch a check you can’t cash I do, for the rapper the name and for the hood that I claim After the kill, it’s remains the same”

6. In Califonia (feat. Val Young)

The first single from the album. Definently a classic track. Daz flows over the bouncy beat nicely with is trademark style. Daz definently does California justice with this one. Val Young adds to an already great song with a smooth chorus.

7. Initiated (feat. 2pac, Outlawz and Kurupt)

Definently a hot track. Kurupt starts off the track with some crazy battle rhymes.

Kurupt: “For real I got it bought you the blue steel cowards hit the panic button thinkin’ that it was what it wadn’t shit’s hectic the bomb Vietnam rhyme Don with the semi-auto fracture your torso to ya spine the back cracker smack you with my verbals & graphic grammar My verbal murder strech from Alaska to Alabama”

Up next is Pac and The Outlawz. Pac’s verse is pretty good but Fatal totally outshines him and The rest of The Outalwz. Daz is last and his verse is nice, basically spitting gangsta stuff.

8. Oh No (feat. Tray Dee and J-Money)

Nice track. Like a lot of songs on the album it’s mostly about gangsta stuff and shit on the streets. The first verse by Daz is lethal, and it’s directed at all his enemies. J-Money is next and he spits a nice verse. And as usual Tray Dee lays down a hard ass verse.

9. Retaliation Revenge And Get Back

One of the few solo joints on the album. Daz comes off nicely on this. He flows perfect with the beat. Pretty angry track for the most part. The production is what really keeps you listening.

10. O.G (feat. Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg)

Classic G Funk track right here. Definently a good track to ride to. The production is perfect here. Definently reminisent of 1994. Snoop’s first verse is classic. He raps about his first time getting arrested. Nate Dogg is really smooth on this track too.

11. Baby Mama Drama (fea. Lil C Style and Big C Style)

This is a song about how Daz’s ex-girl is filing child support to get his money and support her and her current boyfriend. Both Daz and Lil C Style come off really nice on this track. It was a little odd hearing Big C Style on the chorus, but he did a great job.

12. Only For You (feat. Val Young)

Really nice track. Daz raps about falling in love with a good girl. That’s not something your gonna hear often from Daz. Daz’s storytelling is nice and he flows well with the smooth production. Val Young is simply awesome on the chorus as well. She truly has a gifted voice.

13. Riding High (feat. WC)

This track features West Side Connection member WC. Good track. I really like the production. Soopafly is great as always on the piano. Daz’s verse is so-so, but WC comes off nicely.

14. The Ultimate Come Up (feat. MC Eiht and Bad Azz)

This is a great track. It has one hard ass beat. Definently a lot of bass. Daz’s first verse is about him and everything on his block. Bad azz’s verse is nice too. I love Eiht’s verse. He flows really nice with the beat.

15. Thank God For My Life (feat. Tray Dee and Bad Azz)

More of an introspective track from Daz and Tha Gang. The track is about trying to do right in life, even though life is hard. Daz also sings the chorus. It’s actually pretty good. I wish their were a few more tracks like this on the album.

16. Outro ‘Why Do We Bang’ 

Just the outro. Daz shouts out Death Row.


Overall rating: 4.5/5. Could possibly be Daz’s finest album. I would definitely recommend this album to any rap fan, especially if you like the DPGs. Daz is a very talented rapper and producer. Definently an album you should have in your collection.

Daz Dillinger – This is the life I lead

Daz Dillinger - This is the life I leadDaz, a member of the platinum plus group the Doggpound, has released a couple of albums revently. My favourite Daz albums are Revenge, Retaliation & Getback (Death Row) and R.A.W (DPG Recordz). On this album he’s brought in the producer Mike Dean to produce with him. All south fans know who Mike Dean is. He’s on Rap-A-Lot and has produced a lot through the years.

1. Intro – DPGC 4 life

2. Drama

Wow! Great way to start off the album with! Tight production and Daz come out hard as *****. When I hear this I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

3. Ain’t that somethin feat. Crystal & P.F.N

Tigh ass beat and nice raps over it. Overall a tight track but not as good as the pervious one. Still a good track and definitely not a “skipper”. I’ve never heard P.F.N before and I wasn’t realy feelin em. Crystal came out tight tho, and Daz was raw as usual.

4. ***** make me rich feat. Too Short

Don’t play this track to your girlfriend! The title is self explonary. Too Short’s coming out tight on this track and the chorus is tight. Daz’s tight as usual even tho I happen to know he took off Kurupt’s verse on this track and recorded pretty much the same lyrics himself. Still, I find this version of it better.

5. Keep it gangsta

One of my absolute favourite tracks on this album, and also the first single. The chorus is cool, and actually quite catchy. Daz does his part realy well. Party track!

6. I live every day like I could die that day

“I live every day like I could die that day” is a slow jam. Daz’s saying he don’t give a ***** about them major ass labels in the beginning, and going independent ignoring major deals proves that. This is not one of my favourite tracks but the bassline is tight and some of you might like it.

7. Load up feat. Tanya Herron

Wow! Bomb ass beats and tight ass lyrics, can we ask for more?? I don’t think so! Daz’s realy proving himself with this one and if you don’t like this, there’s something wrong with you. Probably my absolute favourite track on this album! Tanya Herrons chorus and lil verse there is also tight. I don’t normally like when there’s someone singing more than the chorus, but this is an exception.

8. Run tha street

Cool beat on this one, but not one of my favourite songs of this album. The chorus is tight as ***** and that’s making this track above average.

9. We do this with passion

Daz follow up “Run tha street” with “We do this with passion”, a track with a very tight production and lyrics. It’s a kind of slow song but not too slow. Very tight track and kinda hard to describe. I guess you gotta hear it yourself! Daz’s throwing in a few disses to Death Row too.

10. Redrum galour feat. Mean Piece

This production doesn’t sound like Daz at all. It’s a rock kind of production but I like it. It’s not one of my favourite tracks on this album but still good. The chorus is kinda wack tho.

11. This is the life I lead

Daz’s going off on this song and it’s lifting it up, since I didn’t like the production at all. Too bad because with better production this could have been a dope song!

12. Outro

(Bonus track) Gangsta prerogative feat. Kurupt

Don’t forget about the bonus tracks! This track is actually one of the best tracks on this cd! Both Daz and Kurupt’s coming out tight and the production is just tha bomb! They’re rapping about how it’s DPG for life… I guess that’s a lil diss to Kurupt since he left for Death Row. DON’T SLEEP ON THIS!

(Bonus track) From the moment feat. Kurupt

A slow jam with a deep content. Not at all one of my favourites on this album. It’s nice with a few bonus tracks tho.

(Bonus track) Keep it gangsta (remix)

Tight remix of this track but I liked the original better. Considering the original is tight as *****, this is still a tight too!

Overall this album is tha bomb! I didn’t expect an album this good from Daz right now since he’s releasing a lot of albums and he’s doing them pretty much by himself. On this album Mike Dean stepped in and dropped some tight ass beats and that made the album a little different from the average Daz album. If this album was released on a major label, there is no doubt in my mind it would be a platinum plus album. Don’t sleep on this album! I give it 4 outta 5 stars.