It's hard to believe, but Daz Dillinger has been in this game for 10 long years. Getting his start like many on the legendary "Chronic" album, Daz helped put the West Coast back on top in the early to mid 90's with his spectacular production and successful run with Kurupt as Tha Dogg Pound. Recently, Daz has dropped out of the spotlight and returned to his underground roots, independently selling albums and learning the business side of the game. With a long history in West Coast Hip Hop, Daz's strong backing as lead him to find new found success with his independent game. Continuing on this success is a 9 track EP entitled "I Got Love In These Streets", showcasing that no matter the change Daz is still the same old "g" we always loved from the start.
While some of his more recently releases have been shaky, "I Got Love In These Streets" is one of the more solid efforts we have seen from Daz in years. While he no longer is in good relations with his former DPG partner Kurupt, Daz continues to prove that he no longer needs his ex running mate.
The most satisfying part of "I Got Love In These Streets" is the return of Daz's solid production, which has taken some big hits over the years. While in the mid 90's Daz was one of the best producers in the game, the past couple of years he hasn't been able to duplicate his successful sounds like he did in his glory days. However, we witness this trend come to a close with his newest EP, seeing Daz put forth some real satisfying efforts. The title track "I Got Love In These Streets" is probably the finest example as Daz rekindles that G Funk sound missing from years past. And as Daz states "I'm back, with new beats and new raps".
One of biggest surprises is the inclusion of the Daz Dillinger & 2pac unreleased gem "Only Move 4 Tha Money". While rumors have been swirling about a full album's release between the two, for now fans will be happy with this effort. One of the more original Daz tracks to come along in awhile is "Love Happiness". A more mellow, soulful type of vibe, it's a good indication of how far Daz has come over the years with his maturation and progression as an emcee. More solid efforts can be found on the club anthems of "Its Just The Way U Move" and "Shake The Booty" both of which are nice changes of pace, along with the hard-core sounds of "Ima Get Mine Anyway".
There are a couple of lackluster performances unfortunately featured on "I Got Love In These Streets". The self titled track "Daz" and "When The Feelin Is Right" are your average sex tales that won't offer anything new and end up more boring than anything. However, other than that "I Got Love In These Streets" ends up as a successful EP for Daz Dillinger and proves that he is still able to make good music in this day and age. While much has changed for the West Coast, Daz is going to continue to put out quality music no matter the situation and no matter his popularity. Because one thing is for sure, Daz has "Love In These Streets" and you can't beat that.