Daz Speaks On Solo Album, Tupac Project

Snoop Doggy Dogg's cousin and musical collaborator, Daz, who is perhaps better known as one-half of Tha Dogg Pound, will release his first solo album this week under the guise of Daz Dillinger.

The rapper/producer already has one platinum album to his credit with 1995's "Tha Dogg Pound" and has spent a lot of time since then producing tracks for the likes of Snoop and the late Tupac Shakur. Now, he says it's time for him to step out into the musical spotlight on his own with the new album, retributive-ly titled "Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back."

"I'm bringing the gangsta hip hop right back at ya," Daz told MTV Radio Network recently. "I've been working with so many artists making them what they are today and now I'm gonna come to the forefront with my own thing and with me rhyming."

Shakur turns up on "Retaliation" under his Makaveli pseudonym on one track, "Initiated," and the album also features guest spots from Shakur protégés the Outlawz and

Daz's Dogg Pound partner Kurupt.

But even as his own album prepares to ship, Daz admits having his hands filled with various other projects, including working with Soopafly, a rapper who also appears on Daz's record, assembling "Suge Knight: Death Row Records," a compilation of old and new songs from the notorious label's roster, and is even putting the finishing touches on another posthumous Shakur album, "Makaveli: One Nation."

"Tupac made enough songs to last us 20 years," Daz said. "I'm doing beats on every track there. This is some stuff that we did. He rhymed and I'm putting the track to it."

No word yet on when these other projects will be completed, but we'll keep you posted.