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Delmar Drew Arnaud better known by his stage name
Stage name
A stage name, also called a showbiz name or screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, wrestlers, comedians, and musicians.-Motivation to use a stage name:...

 Daz Dillinger (formerly Dat Nigga Daz) is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 hip hop producer
Hip hop production
Hip hop production is the creation of hip hop music. Though the term encompasses all aspects of hip hop music, it's most commonly used to refer to the instrumental, non-lyrical aspects of hip hop. This means that hip hop producers are the instrumentalists involved in a work...

 and rapper mostly known for his membership in the rap duo Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound is a rap group made up of Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. They were signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key to the label's success. The group made their 1992 rap debut on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, on various songs. They also appeared on Snoop Dogg's debut album...

, with Kurupt
Kurupt
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown , better known by his stage name Kurupt, also known as Kurupt Tha Kingpin, Kurupt Young Gotti or Young Gotstra is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records...

, and his work with Death Row Records
Death Row Records
Death Row Records is a record label founded in 1991 by Marion "Suge" Knight Jr., Andre Young , Tracy Lynn Curry and Michael Harris . It is known to have been home to many popular West Coast hip hop artists such as Dr...

.

The Chronic, Tha Dogg Pound and Dogg Food


Daz began his career on Death Row Records as a producer for co-founder Suge Knight
Suge Knight
Marion "Suge" Knight, Jr. is the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. Death Row Records rose to dominate the rap charts after Dr. Dre's breakthrough album The Chronic in 1992. After several years of chart successes for artists including...

's then-girlfriend, Paradise. He was signed to the label and subsequently began working with Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
Andre Romelle Young , primarily known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper, record executive, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records...

 on the breakthrough west coast album, The Chronic
The Chronic
The Chronic is the solo debut album of American hip hop artist Dr. Dre, released December 15, 1992, on his own record label Death Row Records, and distributed by Priority Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman...

; during its recording, he met and grew close to Kurupt
Kurupt
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown , better known by his stage name Kurupt, also known as Kurupt Tha Kingpin, Kurupt Young Gotti or Young Gotstra is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records...

, whom he would soon work with professionally. The two formed Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound is a rap group made up of Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. They were signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key to the label's success. The group made their 1992 rap debut on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, on various songs. They also appeared on Snoop Dogg's debut album...

 for Doggystyle, the debut album of his cousin the record label's up-and-coming star Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. , better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of Dr. Dre's most notable protégés. Snoop Dogg was a Crip gang member while in high school...

. The critically acclaimed album, as well as their later single "What Would You Do?
What Would You Do (Tha Dogg Pound song)
"What Would You Do" is the debut single from Death Row Records duo Tha Dogg Pound, released in 1994 as the B-side to the Dr. Dre and Sam Sneed single "U Better Recognize", along with DJ Quik's "Dollaz + Sense." It had appeared on the soundtrack to Murder Was the Case the year before, alongside...

", saw Tha Dogg Pound partake in the rivalry between Dr. Dre and former N.W.A.
N.W.A.
N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, California, widely considered one of the seminal acts of the gangsta rap sub-genre....

 groupmate Eazy-E
Eazy-E
Eric Lynn Wright , better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California...

, by dissing artists on Eazy's Ruthless Records.

Dillinger was more heavily involved in Doggystyle than was his groupmate; while it was produced and mixed by Dre, Arnaud was featured on one track and received co-production credit on two ("Serial Killa" and "For All My Niggaz and Bitches") he also produced tracks for Above The Rim and Murder Was the Case soundtracks. Following Daz and Kurupt put out their debut group album, Dogg Food
Dogg Food
Dogg Food is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Tha Dogg Pound. Its controversial lyrics were the subject of shareholder protest...

, to rave reviews and platinum sales. While the duo dissed Ruthless act Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is an American Hip-Hop/R'n'B band from Cleveland, Ohio formed in 1991. It originally consisted of rappers Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Wish Bone. Rapper Eazy-E of the group N.W.A signed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to Ruthless Records in 1994, when Bone...

 on the album, Dogg Food also saw the duo engage in yet another conflict, this time the beef Suge and new signee 2Pac initiated against Bad Boy Entertainment's Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace , best known as The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper. He was also known as Biggie Smalls , Big Poppa, and The Black Frank White .Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough...

; Daz and Kurupt would expand the feud to include Capone-N-Noreaga
Capone-N-Noreaga
Capone-N-Noreaga was an American hip hop duo that consisted of Capone and Noreaga.-History:In 1996 the duo signed with Penalty Records; it also appeared in The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype column...

, Tragedy Khadafi
Tragedy Khadafi
Percy Chapman IV, known by his stage name Tragedy Khadafi, and formerly known as Intelligent Hoodlum, is an American rapper and producer who hails from the Queensbridge housing projects in Queens, New York, which has spawned other hip hop artists such as Nas, Cormega, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga,...

 and Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo from Queensbridge, Queens, New York, U.S., that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The duo is "one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast hip-hop groups." The group is best known for its dark, hardcore delivery, as exemplified by the single "Shook Ones...

 with their Snoop-assisted single "New York, New York."

Head producer, All Eyez on Me & Retaliation, Revenge & Get Back


As the intercoastal rivalry escalated, and Suge Knight's increasingly intense strong-arm tactics entered the studio, head producer Dr. Dre steadily grew resentful of the label's dangerous atmosphere. Beginning with Dogg Food, which Daz produced, Dre no longer produced whole Death Row albums; in his latter days as in-house producer, he worked only with 2Pac, producing three tracks (California Love, which was originally supposed to appear on the Aftermath compilation album, California Love Remix, and Can't C Me) for the rapper's definitive album All Eyez on Me
All Eyez on Me
All Eyez on Me is the fourth studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released February 13, 1996 on Death Row Records and Interscope Records....

. Even before Dre left the label to found his own Aftermath Entertainment
Aftermath Entertainment
Aftermath Entertainment is an American record label founded by Dr. Dre. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through, Universal Music Group's Interscope Records. Current acts include Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and Slim da Mobster, with former acts including Busta Rhymes, Game, Raekwon,...

, Daz went to produce the hit songs "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted", "Ambitionz Az A Ridah", and "I Ain't Mad At Cha" among other tracks which solidified his status as a talented and successful producer. Arnaud effectively took over as head producer, crafting most of the double-album's first disc and providing beats for Snoop Dogg's sophomore effort, Tha Doggfather
Tha Doggfather
Tha Doggfather is the second studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg; released by Death Row/Interscope Records on November 12, 1996. The album was re-released July 11, 2005. Snoop spent much of 1995 preparing for the case, which finally went to trial in late 1995. In February 1996, he was...

, from which Dre's production was absent. His status as head producer was made official once Dre left, and continued on even after 2Pac's murder and the artist-exodus it initiated. During his tenure heading the label's sound, Daz contributed production to the Gridlock'd
Gridlock'd
Gridlock'd is a 1995 crime dramedy starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, and Thandie Newton. It was the directorial debut of Vondie Curtis-Hall, who also wrote the story and screenplay. The film's opening was relatively low, despite critical acclaim; its opening weekend netted only $2,678,372 and it...

 soundtrack, Lady of Rage
Lady of Rage
Robin Yvette Allen , better known by her stage name The Lady of Rage, is an American rapper and actress best known for collaborations with several Death Row Records artists, including Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg on the seminal albums The Chronic and Doggystyle...

's Necessary Roughness
Necessary Roughness (album)
Necessary Roughness is the debut album of female rapper Lady of Rage. After appearing on high-profile, critically acclaimed Death Row releases—including Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle--and releasing her own, Dr. Dre-produced single "Afro Puffs" , Rage released her debut on June...

, and Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale , better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American musician. He is noted for his membership of rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he collaborated with Dr. Dre, Warren G, Tupac and Snoop Dogg on many hit releases. Nate Dogg released three solo albums, G-Funk...

's G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1. His production would also pop up on the unofficial Snoop Dogg release Dead Man Walkin put out by Suge in 2001, after Daz himself had left the label.

Dillinger went on to put out his own solo album, Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back on Death Row in 1998; Nate Dogg, Kurupt and Snoop had already left the label, followed shortly thereafter by Daz himself. During this time a short-lived feud sparked between Daz and Snoop, regarding the latter's words against Suge Knight and the former's status at the label and disses inherent in the album, which Snoop Dogg later dropped out of respect for his cousin.

Solo career & feud with Kurupt


After ending his tenure at Death Row, Arnaud would go on to produce for acts like Kurupt, Soopafly
Soopafly
Priest Joseph Brooks, better known by his stage name Soopafly, is a hip hop producer and rapper from Long Beach, California. He is a member of the DPGC.- Early life:The oldest of three children, Brooks grew up in Long Beach...

, and B-Legit
B-Legit
Brandt Jones, better known by his stage name B-Legit, is an American rapper from Vallejo, California.He is a member of The Click, a rap group formed by his cousin E-40. He was featured on the track "Aint Hard 2 Find" by 2Pac in All Eyez on Me. He has been on several independent labels such as...

; he put out the album R.A.W. in 2000, the flagship release for his own D.P.G. Recordz
D.P.G. Recordz
D.P.G. Recordz is a record label founded by Daz Dillinger, and Terry Choe a.k.a Teezy after he and Kurupt split up their group Tha Dogg Pound.- Discography :* Daz Dillinger Discography at his main article...

, which would for some time function as a vehicle for releasing solo albums. He and Kurupt united in 2001 for a second album, Dillinger & Young Gotti
Dillinger & Young Gotti
Dillinger & Young Gotti is the second studio album by rap group Tha Dogg Pound. It was released independently on Daz's Gangsta Advisory Records. It debuted at #124 on the billboard charts. Another Dogg Pound album was released that year...

, which received mixed reviews, under the name D.P.G. (as Suge still owned rights to the name 'Tha Dogg Pound' at the time). The group unity was short-lived, as Kurupt would subsequently re-sign with Death Row, prompting his former groupmate to diss him several times in song and interviews. Daz dissed Death Row with "Catch U In The Club", "U Ain't Shit" and a skit called "A Message to Ricardo Brown". Kurupt respond with "No Vaseline Part 2." The feud carried on from 2002 to 2005, while Dillinger released several solo efforts, including a 'DPGC' album with Snoop Dogg, Soopafly and Bad Azz
Bad Azz
Jamarr Stamps , better known by the stage name Bad Azz, is an American rapper and member of Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips, also known as DPGC.-Biography:...

 and Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP
Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP
Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP is the sixth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on January 25, 2005 through D.P.G. Recordz.-Track listing:#That's the Way We Ride #Do You Think About...

on his own.

Reconciliation & upcoming projects


In 2005, Daz and Kurupt reconciled their differences at a west coast unity event hosted by Snoop Dogg; Kurupt proceeded to leave Death Row a second time, procuring rights to the name of Tha Dogg Pound and re-forming the duo with his former partner, who on his part ended his brief tenure at Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin , known as Jermaine Dupri or JD, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper.- Early life and career :...

's So So Def. The duo immediately commenced to releasing albums, including Dillinger & Young Gotti II: The Saga Continuez, the Let'z Ryde Tonite EP and Cali iz Active with Snoop Dogg as the DPG. Their next proper album came in the form of 2007's Dogg Chit
Dogg Chit
Dogg Chit is the fifth studio album by rap group Tha Dogg Pound. Guests include Too Short, Snoop Dogg, RBX, The Game, and Their former rivals B.G. Knocc Out and Dresta...

, and then in 2009 with "That Was Then This Is Now". In the works for Daz are two Dogg Pound releases, one entitled 100 Wayz--formerly Westcoast Aftershocc, through Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle records, and one produced in conjunction with Pete Rock
Pete Rock
Peter Phillips , better known by his stage name Pete Rock, is an American record producer, DJ and rapper. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth...

. August 1, 2008, Daz Dillinger offered the new owners of Death Row Records to record videos for Dogg Food; he also plans to repackage and release unreleased material.

Studio albums

  • 1998: Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back
  • 2000: R.A.W.
  • 2002: This Is the Life I Lead
    This Is The Life I Lead
    This Is the Life I Lead is the third studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. The album is produced by Daz and Mike Dean with guest appearances by Too Short, Kurupt, Roscoe, Crystal and P.F.N.-Track listing:#D.P.G.C. 4 Life #Drama...

  • 2003: DPGC: U Know What I'm Throwin' Up
    DPGC: U Know What I'm Throwin' Up
    DPGC: U Know What I'm Throwin' Up is the fourth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger, which features Snoop Dogg on most of the album along with E-White, Soopafly & Bad Azz taking shots at Suge Knight, Kurupt & Death Row affiliates.-Track listing:...

  • 2004: I Got Love in These Streetz
    I Got Love In These Streetz
    I Got Love In These Streetz is a rap album by Daz Dillinger, released in 2002.-Track listing:#Intro#I Got Love in These Streetz#Only Move 4 Tha Money #It's Just The Way U Move #Shake The Booty...

  • 2005: Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP
    Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP
    Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta LP is the sixth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on January 25, 2005 through D.P.G. Recordz.-Track listing:#That's the Way We Ride #Do You Think About...

  • 2005: Gangsta Crunk
    Gangsta Crunk
    Gangsta Crunk is the seventh studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on May 13, 2005 through Gangsta Advisory Records.-Track listing:#"Intro" #"Now Dat's Gangsta"...

  • 2006: So So Gangsta
    So So Gangsta
    So So Gangsta is the eighth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger, it was released under So So Def Recordings and Virgin Records on September 12, 2006. Guest appearances by Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, Kurupt, Rick Ross, Jagged Edge, Johnta Austin, & Avery Storm. The album debuted at number 35 on...

  • 2007: Gangsta Party
    Gangsta Party
    Gangsta Party is the ninth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released independently on High Powered Music and is Dillinger's only album on this label. The album peaked at number 82 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.-Tracklisting:...

  • 2008: Only on the Left Side
    Only on the Left Side
    Only on the Left Side is the tenth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger, released on August 12, 2008. In had been initially scheduled for an April or May release, but setbacks pushed the release back to August...

  • 2009: Public Enemiez
    Public Enemiez
    Public Enemiez is the eleventh studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. A release date for the album was planned for mid July of 2009 to coincide with the release of the upcoming film Public Enemies of which the album is named after...

  • 2010: Matter of Dayz
    Matter of Dayz
    Matter of Dayz is the twelfth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on November 30 of 2010, by the Gangsta Advisory Records.-Track listing:The Track listing and guest features were confirmed by iTunes....

  • 2011: D.A.Z.
    D.A.Z.
    D.A.Z. is the thirteenth studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on April 19, 2011 through Gangsta Advisory Recordingz Inc.-Track listing:...

  • TBA: When We All Get To Heaven

Compilation albums

  • 2001: Who Ride wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 1
    Who Ride Wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 1
    Who Ride Wit Us: Tha Compilation, Vol. 1 is the first compilation album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on October 30, 2001 through D.P.G. Recordz.-Track listing:#Git Cha Walk On feat. Xzibit & WC#I Don't Know Why feat. Lucc Lucciono...

  • 2002: To Live and Die in CA
    To Live and Die in CA
    To Live and Die in CA is the second compilation album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on October 1, 2002 through D.P.G. Recordz.-Track listing:...

  • 2002: Who Ride wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 2
    Who Ride Wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 2
    Who Ride wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 2 is the third compilation album by rapper Daz Dillinger. It was released on October 29, 2002 through D.P.G. Recordz.-Track listing:#Intro -- Y'All Want This Party Started feat. J-Ro...

  • 2008: Who Ride wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 3
  • 2009: Who Ride wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 4

Collaboration albums

  • 2001: Long Beach 2 Fillmoe (with JT the Bigga Figga
    JT the Bigga Figga
    JT the Bigga Figga born Joseph Tom is a hip hop producer/rapper from San Francisco, California's Fillmore neighborhood. The popularity of his self-released Playaz n' the Game led to his signing with Priority Records in 1995....

    )
  • 2001: Game for Sale
    Game for Sale
    Game for Sale is the second collaboration album by Daz Dillinger & JT the Bigga Figga. The album was released March 6, 2001 on Get Low Recordz and was produced by both Daz and JT.-Track listing:#"Independent Bubble" feat. E-40, San Quinn- 3:01...

    (with JT the Bigga Figga)
  • 2003: Southwest (with Nuwine)
  • 2009: Get That Paper
    Get That Paper
    Get That Paper is the seventh album released by rap group, Do or Die. It was released on March 28, 2006 for Rap-A-Lot Records/Asylum Records and was produced by The Legendary Traxster...

    (with Fratthouse)
  • TBA: West Coast Gangsta Sh*t (with W.C.
    WC (rapper)
    William L. Calhoun Jr. , better known by his stage name WC , is an American rapper. He was born in Texas, but moved to South Central Los Angeles at an early age. He originally was a rapper in the group Low Profile, and later formed his group WC and the Maad Circle, which also included fellow rapper...

    )
  • TBA: Stay of Execution
    Stay of execution
    A stay of execution is a court order to temporarily suspend the execution of a court judgment or other court order. The word "execution" does not necessarily mean the death penalty; it refers to the imposition of whatever judgment is being stayed....

    (with The N'Matez)

EPs

  • 2001: Makaveli & Dillinger Don't Go 2 Sleep
    Makaveli & Dillinger Don't Go 2 Sleep
    Makaveli & Daz Dillinger Don't Go 2 Sleep - Tha EP is a compilation EP by Makaveli and Daz Dillinger. The EP has eight tracks. There are two other versions of the EP, but the original has only eight tracks. It was released December 24, 2001 on D.P.G. Recordz...

    (with Makaveli
    Tupac Shakur
    Tupac Amaru Shakur , known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world...

    )

Mixtapes

  • 2004: DPG: Till The Day I Die Mixtape
  • 2005: So So Gangsta - The Mixtape
  • 2005: West Coast Gangstas - Starring: Tha Dogg Pound (Hosted by DJ Kurupt)
  • 2009: Dillinger & Makaveli - Tribute: Streetz of LA Special Edition (Hosted by DJ Nik Bean)
  • 2010: R.O.W. (Return Of Westcoast)

Awards

  • Nominated in 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
    Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
    The Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group was awarded between 1991 and 2011, alongside the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. Previously a single award was presented for Best Rap Performance....

     (with Kurupt): "What Would You Do
    What Would You Do (Tha Dogg Pound song)
    "What Would You Do" is the debut single from Death Row Records duo Tha Dogg Pound, released in 1994 as the B-side to the Dr. Dre and Sam Sneed single "U Better Recognize", along with DJ Quik's "Dollaz + Sense." It had appeared on the soundtrack to Murder Was the Case the year before, alongside...

    "

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