Daz Dillinger's Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back | Album Review

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CLASSIC RATING: 4 OUT OF 6

After Dr. Dre left Death Row to form Aftermath in 1996, Dat Nigga Daz became more and more important for the label as a producer. Daz would even become head of the label in 1997 when Suge Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison. After producing tracks on the Gridlock'd Soundtrack, Lady of Rage's Necessary Roughness and Nate Dogg's G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 it was time for him to release his first solo album. He would change his name, for obvious reasons, to Daz Dillinger and release Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back on March 31, 1998.

The album marks not only the end of Death Row as a powerhouse label, but also the end of the G-Funk sound which Daz was a part of molding. For fans of the era, it's an interesting listen as it features many of the legends from the infamous label including 2Pac on “Initiated”, and Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg on “O.G.”. It also features many other MC's such as Tha Dogg Pound's Kurupt, the Outlawz, Too $hort, and Compton's Most Wanted's MC Eiht. The standout track musically is the feel-good song “In California” featuring great vocals from Lady V (Val Young).

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At the time of its release, Snoop had a beef with Daz, because he thought that Daz was “brainwashed” by Suge Knight. In fact, Daz was put in charge of Death Row by Suge Knight, becoming the head of the label while Suge was in prison. Snoop was mad that Daz “went against him” by staying on Death Row while Snoop and most of the other artists left the label. Daz supposedly disses Snoop on this album and Snoop supposedly had a Daz diss track that he did with Mack 10 that “would have ended Daz's career” but it wasn't released. 

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In 1999 Daz would leave Death Row and form his own label D.P.G. Recordz where he would release more solo records as well as reuniting with Kurupt and releasing records as D.P.G.

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