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Daz
So So Gangsta

Daz.jpgAs a member of Death Row’s Tha Dogg Pound, Daz Dillinger found himself embroiled in the rap wars of the mid-’90s. That was followed by an intense legal battle with Suge Knight and a brief beef with his partner Kurupt. After dropping a few respectable independent projects, the West Coast don relocated to Atlanta, where he linked up with Jermaine Dupri. Ready to make more hits than headlines, Daz returns with So So Gangsta, his first major label solo release in nearly 10 years.

His zip code may have changed, but Dillinger definitely still reps for the West as he kicks that gangsta shit on the synth-infused “Rat A Tat Tat.” He continues to throw his dubs up on the Ice Cube–assisted “Strizap,” and reps for his set on “DPG fo’ Life” featuring Soopafly and Snoop Dogg. While Left Coast grooves are Daz’s comfort zone, the No ID–produced “Thang on My Hip” is the album’s standout track. Supported by thematic pianos and pounding drums, Daz defiantly barks, “We could do whatever/Nigga, I been around/I ain’t been up to shit/I rose from the underground.”

Gangsta’s few low points actually come at the hands of JD, who occasionally waters down Daz’s sound with tender creations that fall flat. The plodding drums of “Weekend” do little to raise the bar, and “Badder Than a Mutha” is just another sloppy chick record. Dupri fares better with the Jagged Edge-–guested “The One.” Powered by stirring violins and banjos, Daz delivers a heartfelt story of true love (“Anything that I desired, my boo, she made it happen/The backbone of my gangsterism to keep me balanced”).

Lyrically, Daz is still dat nigga, but he rarely expounds upon anything other than clichéd themes here. Although Gangsta’s a welcome return for the OG, a little less gun talk and more substance would have broken up the monotony and saved the CD from just being so so.—PAUL CANTOR

  • TATE

    1st.

  • xXEmanXx

    2nd wtf? fucc that 1st and 2nd shit i never get this shit but fucc it this cd is gonna be good no matter what u gotta rep the west!

  • D-nice

    West West yall

  • pete

    Daz’s fans have been waiting for this CD for years. He reps the West and proves his flexibility with a range of topics/lyrics that will delight a range of fans. Why didn’t the person who wrote the review discuss “On Some Real Shit” featuring Rick Ross, which is Daz’s first official single (with a video) or “Daz Thang” featuring Kurupt (with a video on BET Uncut)? “All That I Need (One Gun) Triple OG Remix is the single that Daz should hit his fans up next with an all-star cast in his next video… Daz, Snoop, Kurupt, Soopafly, JD… shit is going to go 2X plat… go cop that shit!

  • Georgia Slim

    DAZ IS THIGHT, I GOT TO GET THIS ALBUM

  • pete

    Y’all need to hit up http://www.myspace.com/sosodefmusic and listen to four of Daz’s song… straight fire! Snoop, Soopafly, Ice Cube, JD, and of course Daz straight spittin’. After hearing these songs there is no doubt that Daz is the man. Also, you can watch the “On Some Real Shit” video featuring Rick Ross. Go to the website and become a believer!

  • http://myspace.com/getthebloodmoney Will

    shit looks aiight Dogg Pound’s album was str8 so why not buy this 1

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Story

    Ight im in the derrty south but I rep west cause im from there but Daz a sellout going to an ATL based record group.Dont nobody feel Dogg Pound right now but I feel CALI IZ ACTIVE cd/LAUGH NOW CRY LATER cd/DOCUMENTARY cd and I dont too much like SNOOP but only dudes in CA(my homestate)going platinum is SNOOP/GAME/and ICE CUBE/but ill support.Plus im not gonna lie my fav rappers except is all on the east because i like hip hop morely than what CA offer now but ARIZONA coming up they bout shine so cop them.Yall go cop DOCTORS ADVOCATE and ICE CUBE=THATS REAL WEST COAST but otherwise I like NY rappers better then CA.BUT WEST COAST ALL DAY!!!

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Story

    except Game I meant.

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Story

    Seriously,yall can call me a traitor but CA aint had nothing on NY since 2PAC died.Game brought us back if not for him CA would be nowhere.CA just doesnt have hip hop in their format.Trust me I have CALI IZ ACTICE cd and about nearly every track was more pop rap based except SITTIN ON 23′Z and and STOP LYIN and oh yea FAKN A$$ H*E$ track with DAVID BANNER.I just copped GHOSTFACE KILLAH and ima cop a lot more NY then CA because WEST only offers Game,Ice Cube,and Kurupt to me cause DAZ a sellout be he ight.IM a G-UNIT fan too plus I like PAPOOSE and I like Nas and BIGGIE.I like Dipset too.My fav rapper EMINEM and im black.I like LLOYD BANK$ and CASSIDY and THE WU-TANG clan.I love west but if you think about it they never had much to offer,why cant we get rappers everywhere in CA like TEXAS and GEORGIA and HIP HOP BIRTHPLACE NY?

  • http://www.ananazi.co.za PHONY YAYO AKA GEFfEN TAYLOR

    WIL COP DIZ……….

    GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG-UNOT

  • http://mindstatela HELTAH SIN SAY

    THIS CD IS COOL IVE NEVER BEEN A BIG DAZ FAN, I ACTUALLY THOUGHT HIS BEST WORK WAS ON DOGG FOOD, DAZ, METH, BANKS,RED MAN, THESE NIGGAS IS FROM AN ERA THAT AINT AROUND NO MORE, AND ITS NOT NOBODYS FAULT BUT THE FANS FAULT WHY THESE NIGGAS AINT LARGE NO MOE, ITS NOT HIP HOP FAULT, ITS THE FANS, ALL THE GOOD FANS THAT LIKED THIS MUSIC ARE ALL GONE OR GROWN UP NOW, ITS THESE NEW DUDES THATS INTO BULLSHIT THATS THE REASON WHY ALL THE GOOD HIP HOP DUDES AINT GETTING THEY DUE.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Shamir

    his song wit ricky ross is a banger.”i gotta be the best,i gotta stay fresh,i represent the west. AY JD U KILLED THAT BEAT

  • Legend

    DAZ HAS NO CHARISMA. HE AINT A SOLO ARTIST. NI**A BEEN TRYING TO COME FOR YEARS. WITH SNOOP DOGG AS YOUR COUSIN, YOU STILL CAN’T RISE TO THE TOP? NI**A PLEASE. KURUPT HAD MORE POTENTIAL, BUT THEY HATED ON HIM CUZ HE THE ONLY ONE THAT AINT AFRAID TO GET OFF SNOOPY NUTZ. IT’S A SHAME HOW THEY IGNORE KURUPT. THE BETTER LYRICIST OF THE DPG.

  • leemangena

    westside in africa zimbabwe doggpound gangstas

  • BoNe 4-life

    XXL you did it again your being nice to every artist in the game i went and bought this album becuase of your review you fuckin liers!!!!!!!!!!

  • Derrick a.k.a BG Quin

    This West Coast all day and dats on mines Daz iz still bangin dat West coast gangsta shit …..Weeeeest Siiiiiddee!!!!!!!

  • teddy

    rollin 3o south side gangsta crip bad man daz keep it crackin cuzz jamaica all day everday

  • teddy

    rollin 3o’s south side gangsta crip bad man daz keep it crackin cuzz jamaica all day everday im bout to get the album zeen bad man

  • http://cdbaby.com/cd/biglocthiese2 locthiese

    Young Daz is in full effect once again. Still crippin, still reppin the west, still gangsta as ever. For those who think Daz is only one sided, you are not listening to everything the man has to offer. Just because the man moved to the ATL doesn’t mean he’s a sellout either. We don’t call Too Short a sellout. I’ll wrap it up here and just say that the west shall rise again. It aint where you at, it’s where you from. Stay up DPG…

  • Blue rag

    Fuck the crips

  • Rat-tat-tat-tat

    Tight westcoast cd…Daz reppin’ proper on this album. Can’t hate on a G for throwin up what he is. The joint with Kurupt is a classic; Snoop puts it down smoothly and Cubes rips it to pieces. Blaze up to this and get So So high.

  • http://xxlmag.com young jay

    daz iz tha truth in tha booth what he rap about he did it he told johnny to put 30 pointers in his fity man daz is a king man he’s one of my favorite i got love for the west nadamean