Delmar Drew Arnaud (born May 25, 1973), known professionally as Daz Dillinger or simply Daz (formerly Dat Nigga Daz), is an American rapper and record producer. As a member of Death Row Records in the early 1990s, he is credited with the label in pioneering West Coast hip hop and gangsta rap for mainstream audiences. Alongside Kurupt, he formed the hip hop duo tha Dogg Pound in 1992, with whom he has released eight albums.

Daz Dillinger
Daz Dillinger in 2015
Daz Dillinger in 2015
Background information
Birth nameDelmar Drew Arnaud
Also known as
  • Daz
  • Dat Nigga Daz
  • Diggity Daz
  • Daz Dilly
  • Dilly Tha Dogg
Born (1973-05-25) May 25, 1973 (age 51)[1]
Long Beach, California, U.S.[2]
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • songwriter
Years active1992–present
Member ofTha Dogg Pound

Arnaud learned production from Dr. Dre; his first major production credit was on Dre's debut solo album, The Chronic (1992). He further produced for his cousin, Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle (1993), as well as Tupac Shakur's All Eyez on Me (1996). His debut studio album, Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back (1998) peaked within the top ten of the Billboard 200 and served as his only project with Death Row before founding his own label, Gangsta Advisory Records in 2000 and co-founding D.P.G. Recordz with Soopafly that same year.



Start at Death Row (1992–1995)


Daz Dillinger was born and raised in Long Beach, California, as was his older cousin Snoop Dogg. Daz began his music career at the age of 19, when he signed to Death Row Records and learned music production from Dr. Dre.[3] After joining the Death Row label, Daz was featured on Dr. Dre's debut solo album, The Chronic, in 1992; he contributed both rapping and production to the album.[4] During this period, Daz also befriended the rapper Kurupt, and the two formed a duo called Tha Dogg Pound.

The Dogg Pound appeared on Snoop Dogg's debut solo album, Doggystyle, which was released as Death Row's second album on November 23, 1993. Formally, Daz received co-production credits on two of Doggystyle's tracks, "Serial Killa" and "For All My Niggaz & Bitches"; however, Daz maintains that he provided uncredited production for large portions of the album, and Death Row CEO Suge Knight has remarked that "Daz did pretty much the whole album [Doggystyle]".[5][6] Daz also produced tracks for the soundtracks to Above the Rim and Murder Was the Case.

In their single "What Would You Do?", Tha Dogg Pound sided with Dr. Dre against his former N.W.A groupmate Eazy-E and his label Ruthless Records. Later, as the ongoing East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry began to escalate, Tha Dogg Pound recorded the single "New York, New York", which slighted the city. Tha Dogg Pound followed these tracks with their debut album, 1995's Dogg Food, which was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Growth at Death Row Records (1996–1998)


As the East–West rap rivalry intensified, Death Row's lead producer Dr. Dre increasingly distanced himself from the studio, disliking the studio's atmosphere and Suge Knight's leadership.[citation needed] In 1996, Tupac Shakur released his first Death Row album, All Eyez on Me; this album featured only three tracks produced by Dr. Dre, while Daz produced five tracks for the album, including the singles "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" and "I Ain't Mad at Cha". The commercial success of All Eyez on Me raised Daz's stature as a producer, and he provided production to numerous Death Row albums – including Snoop Dogg's Tha Doggfather, Nate Dogg's G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2, and the Lady of Rage's Necessary Roughness – in 1996 and 1997. Daz also contributed to the soundtrack of the 1997 film Gridlock'd.

Dr. Dre left Death Row in March 1996 to found the label Aftermath Entertainment. After Tupac was murdered in 1996, followed by Suge Knight being sentenced to prison for parole violations in 1997, numerous other artists (including Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Nate Dogg) departed from Death Row as well; this left Daz as the only platinum-selling artist remaining on the Death Row roster.[7] Daz released his debut solo album, Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back, through Death Row Records in March 1998; however, he too left the label later that year.[citation needed]

D.P.G. Recordz and indie releases (post-1999)


After leaving Death Row Records, Daz produced for artists like Kurupt, Soopafly, And B-Legit. He also established his own label, D.P.G. Recordz, on which he released his second solo album, 2000's R.A.W. In the following years, Daz has continued to focus on his own indie releases and sales;[8] as of 2023, he has released a total of eighteen solo albums.

Daz and Kurupt reunited to release a second collaborative album, Dillinger & Young Gotti, in 2001; because Death Row still owned the name "Tha Dogg Pound", they released Dillinger & Young Gotti under the name DPG. Despite this collaboration, relations deteriorated between the two rappers after Kurupt signed to Death Row Records once more, and Daz repeatedly insulted Kurupt in songs and interviews.[9] Daz and Kurupt ultimately reconciled at a West Coast unity event that Snoop Dogg hosted in 2005.[10] After gaining rights to the moniker "Tha Dogg Pound", Kurupt left Death Row again, and Daz closed his brief time at Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings. Since then, Tha Dogg Pound has released several more albums, including a prolific streak of five albums between 2005 and 2010.

In 2020 Daz united with Queens MC Capone (one half of Capone-N-Noreaga) for a collaborative album titled Guidelines.[11]



Studio albums


Collaboration albums





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  2. ^ DJ Vlad (July 8, 2015). "Daz Dillinger: I've Rolled With Gangs Since My 1st Day of School". YouTube. Retrieved December 16, 2023.
  3. ^ Vlad Lyubovny, interviewer, "Daz Dillinger details working on 'The Chronic' w/ Dr. Dre at 15", VladTVDJVlad @ YouTube, August 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rap News Network – Hip-Hop News: Rap Producer Daz Dillinger Interview". August 24, 2005. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  5. ^ Paul Cantor, "Suge Knight reflects on 'Doggystyle' 20 years later", Rolling Stone, November 25, 2013].
  6. ^ Trent Clark, interviewer, "Daz Dillinger says Dr. Dre took his ideas to create 'The Chronic'", HipHopDX @ YouTube, April 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Neil Strauss, "Rap empire unraveling as stars flee", New York Times, 1998 Jan 26, § D, p 1.
  8. ^ Kurt Alexander, interviewer, "Daz Dillinger on his new album, working w/ Tupac and being on Death Row", BigBoyTV @ YouTube, February 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kurupt Interview (Strikes back to Daz) – Forum – Österreichs größte Hiphop Community". Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  10. ^ [1] Archived June 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ White, Roman (December 15, 2020). "Capone Discusses 'Guidelines' Joint LP Featuring Daz Dillinger". The Source. Retrieved June 21, 2021.