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Encyclopedia > Death Row Records
Death Row Records
Founded 1991
Founder Dr. Dre
Suge Knight
Distributing label Koch Records
Genre Hip Hop
Country of origin US
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website www.DeathRow.la

Death Row Records is a record label that was founded in 1991 by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, and was once home to some of rap's biggest names, including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger). Image File history File linksMetadata Deathrowlogobig. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ... Knights 1997 mugshot for probation violation Marion Hugh Knight, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ... Knights 1997 mugshot for probation violation Marion Hugh Knight, Jr. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap group made up of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. ... Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown on November 23, 1972 in Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. ... Delmar Arnaud (born May 25, 1973), better known by his stage name Daz Dillinger (formerly Dat Nigga Daz) is a rapper and hip hop producer from Long Beach, California. ...


Death Row has sold nearly 50 million units worldwide, and generated close to $750 million in revenue.[1] The label was also once home to RBX, The Lady of Rage, Michel'le, Danny Boy, DJ Quik, J-Flexx, Sam Sneed, Mark Morrison, MC Hammer, Tha Realest, Crooked I, O.F.T.B., Eastwood, and Gina Longo (notable for being the only white artist signed to the label). In addition, the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC was signed on and working on an album when she died in an automobile accident. RBX (Reality Born Unknown), born Eric Collins in 1967, is the son of Bootsy Collins, a cousin of Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger and is a rapper from Long Beach, California. ... Robin Yvette Allen, the Lady of Rage is a rapper best known for collaborations with several Death Row Records artists, including Snoop Doggy Dogg on the seminal album Doggystyle. ... Michelle (born Michelle Toussaint in 1965 in Los Angeles, California) is an R&B vocalist. ... Danny Boy or DB (b. ... David Martin Blake (born January 18, 1970), better known as by his stage name DJ Quik, or as of 2007 simply Quik, is a West Coast rapper and record producer from Compton, California. ... James E.Anderson better known J-Flexx is a former of Death Row Records who wrote Dr.Dres greatest hits songs. ... Sam Sneed (born Sam Anderson 196? in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a producer and rapper. ... Mark Morrison (born 3 May Hanover, Germany) is a British R&B singer who saw major success in the mid-1990s. ... MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune, his trademark Hammer pants, and for leaving a lasting influence on hip hop culture... Jevon Jones (born November 10, 1974) is an American rapper better known by his stage name Tha Realest and formerly Tenkamenin The Vigilante. ... Dominick Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. ... Eastwood is a West Coast rapper that was born in East LA and raised in Inglewood, California (his name is a combination of the two places). ... Summary Gina Longo is a former female Death Row artist. ... Lisa Left Eye Lopes (birth name Lisa Nicole Lopes) (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002), was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress of Cape Verdean descent, and member of the popular R&B and hip hop group TLC. In addition to hit songs like Waterfalls with TLC, Lopes also did... TLC is an American music group, whose repertoire spanned R&B, hip hop and pop. ...

Contents

History

Beginnings

While Dr. Dre was trying to leave Ruthless Records, he was introduced to Suge Knight, who was a bodyguard for The D.O.C. at the time. With Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, and The D.O.C., set out to found their own label which they called Future Shock Records and then later renamed it to Death Row Records. Knight would later explain his reasoning for the company in a 1996 interview with Vibe Magazine: "We called it Death Row because most everybody had been involved with the law. The majority of our people were parolees or incarcerated-no joke. We got people that were really on Death Row and still is." After a year long battle with Eazy-E and Jerry Heller, who still had disputes over where Dre was signed and on what terms, and a botched deal with Dick Griffey's Solar Records, funding Death Row was accomplished via financial support from Interscope Records. Interscope would then act as a distributor for Death Row Records for the next six years. The label's first release was The Chronic, the solo debut from Dr. Dre, in December 1992. Featured on the album were newcomers: Daz, Kurupt, The Lady of Rage, RBX and, most notably, Dr. Dre's new protege Snoop Dogg (then known as Snoop 'Doggy' Dogg). The album quickly exploded into 1993, eventually topping the Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart; selling over three million copies. Ruthless Records was the name of two different record labels, a Chicago punk label, and a Los Angeles hip hop label. ... Tracy Lynn Curry (born June 10, 1968), known as The D.O.C., is an African American rapper born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he was a member of the Fila Fresh Crew. ... For the Pontiac brand car Vibe, see Pontiac Vibe. ... SOLAR Records logo. ... Interscope Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Back cover The Chronic is the highly influential debut album from American rap producer Dr. Dre, released in 1992. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


Early Success

Later that year, Death Row released Doggystyle, the debut album from Snoop Dogg. Debuting at number one, it wound up beating The Chronic in sales, and made Snoop Dogg and Death Row Records hip-hop's leading act by 1994. Also in 1994, Death Row released the multi-platinum soundtracks to Above the Rim and Snoop Dogg's Murder Was the Case. This article is about the Snoop Doggy Dogg album. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Above the Rim is a 1994 basketball-drama film, written by Jeff Pollack and Benny Medina, and directed by Jeff Pollack. ... Murder Was the Case is a 1994 film about rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. ...


With acclaim came criticism. While riding high on the commercial success of Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Death Row was blasted by several activist groups and public figures in the media for its glorification of the violence associated with the gangsta rap image that most of its artists promoted. The media criticism, meanwhile, grew louder by the summer of 1995, as dissenters zeroed in on Death Row's highly publicized forthcoming release, Dogg Food—the debut release by Tha Dogg Pound. The flak made the shareholders in Interscope Records' parent company, Time Warner, nervous—so much so that the company sold all of its shares in Interscope to MCA Music Entertainment. Dogg Food, meanwhile, was postponed from its intended July release date to October. For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... Dogg Food is the debut album by the Tha Dogg Pound. ... Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap group made up of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. ... Time Warner Inc. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ...


Addition of 2Pac

As the controversy with boycotters and Time Warner was adding fuel to Death Row's engine; Suge Knight, in the meantime, posted bail for the then-incarcerated Tupac ("2Pac") Shakur in exchange for his signing with Death Row. At the time, Tupac and Death Row shared mutual disdain for the fledgling New York-based Bad Boy Records, along with its CEO Sean Combs and seminal star The Notorious B.I.G. Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... This article is about the state. ... Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an East Coast Hip-Hop/R&B record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 that is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969[1]) is an American record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor, and rapper. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Upon Shakur's release from jail, he immediately went to work on his Death Row debut album, All Eyez on Me. The album, released in early 1996, topped the albums charts and going diamond ( 10x platinum) became the label's biggest commercial success to date. The escalating tension between Tupac and Biggie (as well as Death Row and Bad Boy), meanwhile, fueled what was eventually called the "East Coast/West Coast rap war." What was to follow would be a year-long dispute in which several Death Row artists fired verbal assaults at East Coast artists. Among those who took lyrical shots were: Snoop Dogg, The Dogg Pound, and Tupac (with his group, Outlawz). The list of those dissed by Death Row included most famously (but is not limited to): Mobb Deep, Nas, Jay-Z, the Junior M.A.F.I.A., Puff Daddy and the Notorious B.I.G. All Eyez on Me is a double album by rapper Tupac Shakur. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry was an on-going dispute in the early-mid 1990s between artists and fans of the East Coast and West Coast hip-hop scenes. ... This article is about the American rap group. ... Mobb Deep are a hip hop duo which consists of rappers Havoc and Prodigy. ... -1... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Junior M.A.F.I.A. (Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes) were an American hip hop group from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. They were formed and mentored by New York rapper, The Notorious B.I.G., in the early 1990s and released their debut album, Conspiracy in 1995. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972 - March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (after a stylish gangster in the 1975 comedy, Lets Do it Again), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G. (Business Instead of Game). ...


Death Row vs. Bad Boy

Death Row artists who acknowledged Bad Boy Records, or those who didn't support the feud, were looked down upon by Tupac. Lady of Rage commented in an interview that Tupac had once called her the "weakest link in Death Row" because she wouldn't insult Bad Boy. Tupac also spoke ill of Dr. Dre for having not testified for Snoop during his murder trial, discouraging the West Coast-East Coast tension, and for his having departed the label in early 1996. Tupac dissed Dr. Dre on KMEL radio in the Bay Area for not running the streets representing with him and the label and being too slow on producing beats for his album. Snoop Dogg eventually would fall out with Tupac shortly before his death because of an interview in which Snoop claims to like and respect B.I.G.'s music. Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an East Coast Hip-Hop/R&B record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 that is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


Despite the infamous feud, Suge Knight had planned to open a New York chapter of the label to be called Death Row East, even signing K-Solo, the only rapper that signed before the label disappeared. Eric B. was slated to head that label. In an interview, 2Pac named rappers they planned to sign, from Big Daddy Kane to the Wu-Tang Clan. The branch, however, was never formed. K-Solo (born Kevin Madison) is an American rapper from New York who, along with EPMD, Redman, Das EFX, and Keith Murray, was part of the Hit Squad in 1990s. ... Eric Barrier (Eric B.) and William Griffin (Rakim), were a hip-hop duo known as Eric B. & Rakim. ... Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a record producer/rapper from the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, New York. ... Wu-Tang redirects here. ...


Tupac was shot and killed in Las Vegas in September 1996, while riding on the passenger side in a car driven by Suge Knight. Soon after, Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison for a parole violation relating directly to a fight that both he and Tupac were involved in on the night of his death. As a result of Dr. Dre's having previously left the company, Tupac's death, and Suge Knight's incarceration; Death Row Records imploded almost instantly.


Second Generation

Struggles

In August 1997, Interscope Records sold its interest in Death Row Records and severed ties with the company. This forced the label to take up distribution with Priority Records. By 1998, Snoop Dogg, Tray Deee, Soopafly, Jewell, and Kurupt had all left the label. Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage, and Daz Dillinger(although he was still signed as a member of the dogg pound) soon followed. Death Row's saving grace was, and remains to be, the fact that they maintain ownership of the original master recordings its former artists produced while they were still under contract. These recordings continue to provide the label with the majority of its revenue. Priority Records is an American based record label, owned and operated by EMI, and has made a name for itself dealing primarily in hip hop music. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... Tray Deee (real name Tracy Lamar Davis, born October 1966 in Long Beach, California) is a rapper who was once signed to Death Row Records and later signed with Snoop Doggs label Dogghouse Records (now Doggystyle Records). ... Soopafly is a producer/rapper from Long Beach, California. ... This article is about the R&B singer. ... Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown on November 23, 1972 in Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania) is an American rapper and former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. ... Nathaniel Dawayne Hale (born August 19, 1969), commonly known by stage name Nate Dogg, is an American hip hop artist born in Long Beach, California. ... Robin Yvette Allen, the Lady of Rage is a rapper best known for collaborations with several Death Row Records artists, including Snoop Doggy Dogg on the seminal album Doggystyle. ... Delmar Arnaud (born May 25, 1973), better known by his stage name Daz Dillinger (formerly Dat Nigga Daz) is a rapper and hip hop producer from Long Beach, California. ...


Warren G, Dr. Dre's stepbrother, left the label without releasing an album — claiming that he had been assaulted by Suge Knight. The book "Have Gun will Travel" by Ronin Ro later claimed that he and his friends were publicly beaten at a boat party, and also details accusations of violence against Sam Sneed. Some employees were allegedly beaten and forced to strip after making a telephone call without permission.[2] On his VH1 Behind the Music profile, Dr. Dre noted that the single incident that made him decide to leave the label for good was when he witnessed a studio engineer being assaulted, simply for rewinding a tape back too far. Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1971 in Long Beach, California) better known by his stage name Warren G, is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... For the album by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, see Behind the Music (album). ...


In 1998, Suge planned to launch the many rappers to come for the second generation of Death Row Records. Although he was incarcerated, he pushed rapper Top Dogg (also known as YGD) as his first new face making his television debut appearance in the video "All About U" on the 2Pac "Greatest Hits" album replacing Snoop Dogg. Top Dogg had generated a buzz from a hidden track on the Gang Related soundtrack titled "Goin Back To Cali" aimed toward Puff Daddy. The video, "All About U," received heavy play and Suge followed in 1999 with "The Chronic 2000: Suge Knight Represents" album to introduce a brand new roster headed by Daz Dillinger, Soopafly, Tha Dogg Pound, Top Dogg, Tha Realest, Swoop G, Lil Cstyle, Doobie K, Milkbone, Michelle, VK, and Mac Shawn.


In 2000, the video for Top Dogg's "Cindafella" track received minor airplay with an innovative concept produced by TC as many earlier videos and directed by K.C. Amos, and his album "Every Dog Has His Day" was shelved as his contract expired and he was not renewed. Soopafly shortly lived as the label's lead artist after failure to generate any type of buzz off his single "Like It Or Not," was released due to disputes over payments from the label. Tha Realest tookover as Tha Row's lead artist and made several albums which were never released, including the much anticipated "Witness Tha Realest" that featured a diss track towards Mobb Deep. He recorded tracks with Daz Dillinger, Scarface, Richie Rich, and other big westcoast names along with label mates J Valentine, PB, and his group The Last Circle. After "Too Gangsta For Radio," Tha Realest was kicked off of Death Row because fans were complaining about him for many reasons. They didn't like the fact that he sounded exactly like 2pac, that he tried to give an interview exactly like 2pac, that he was spreading around rumors on the official Death Row website that 2pac and Suge Knight discovered him in las Vegas and they both signed him rumors and fans were also complaining about the similarities between Tha Realest's tattoos and 2pac's. Suge Knight wanted to make his label legitimate so he decided to sign Crooked I. Daz Dillinger left the label as head-producer later that year due to money problems with Suge Knight and he used his Death Row tracks to release an independent album titled "R.A.W." His lead single for the Too Gangsta For Radio compilation titled "Gangsta Rap" was pulled and he was replaced with Scarface & Treach of Naughty By Nature. This track would later appear as the lead single for Knight's Tha Dogg Pound "2002" release. Big Hutch aka Cold187um from Above The Law became the label's lead producer. In September of 2001, with Knight being out of prison, Crooked I's debut "Say Hi To Tha Bad Guy" was supposed to be released with the lead single being "So Damn Hood featuring Sisqo" and rumored guest appearances by Ja Rule, Ashanti, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Scarface, Trick Daddy, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, Danny Boy, Jayo Felony, Juvenile, Too Short, Yukmouth, D.J. Quik, Jay-Z E-40 and others marking the big return of the label. The album was never released and it became apparent Death Row Records had major marketing problems. Big Hutch parted the label and Darren Vegas became the new head of productions.


In 2001, Several out-of-print releases from Tha Row were re-released, such as: Snoop Dogg's Tha Doggfather and 2Pac's The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. However, Tha Row's attempt at a comeback lagged, as their new releases were all compilations. With the exception of previously unreleased material by 2Pac, the label failed to release any solo records by any of its current roster. On the 2001 Too Gangsta For Radio compilation, several skits were aimed at Tha Row's many adversaries. The introduction had a Snoop impersonator waking up from a nightmare and making his wife phone the prison in which Suge Knight was serving time to verify that he was still behind bars. On the track "Fuck Dre", Tha Realest, TWIST 2 DVS(J. Gallardo) and Lil' C-Style (formerly of the LBC Crew) recorded a skit where Dr. Dre rapes a potential signee, and on K-9's "Gangsta'd Out", a skit portrayed Eminem as a tool of the Ku Klux Klan. Upon release from prison in 2001, Knight renamed the label "Tha Row Records" and revealed a new roster headed by gifted Long Beach rapper, Crooked I. Tha Row also signed Left Eye of TLC, under the name N.I.N.A., meaning New Identity Non-Applicable. Left-Eye, however, was later killed in a car accident before anything could come of the deal. Tha Doggfather was Snoop Doggs follow up to his debut album Doggystyle, released by Death Row Records in 1996, under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg (his alias at that time). ... Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory was the final album recorded before Tupac Shakurs death. ... This article is about the year. ... Jevon Jones (born November 10, 1974) is an American rapper better known by his stage name Tha Realest and formerly Tenkamenin The Vigilante. ... The LBC Crew were a short-lived collective of Long Beach-based rappers. ... Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ... Dominick Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. ... Lisa Nicole Lopes (stage name Left Eye) (May 27, 1971 - April 25, 2002) was a member of the popular R&B group TLC. In addition to hit songs like Waterfalls with TLC, Lopes also did some solo performing. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Third Generation

By 2002, Knight's fanbase became frustrated with a lack of new albums from active artists. Although Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound had returned to be President of the label, the release of Tha Dogg Pound's 2002, Tupac Shakur's Until The End Of Time, and Snoop Dogg's Death Row: Snoop Doggy Dogg at His Best escalated the frustration of loyal fans that wanted to see the new roster. Although he had a great relationship with Suge Knight, it was apparent that Kurupt had very little power when it came to major label decisions, album releases, and recruiting power as the President and that the significant decisions ran through Knight. Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap group made up of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. ... 2002 Is an album by Tha Dogg Pound. ... Tupac may refer to the following: Tupac Shakur, an American rapper, actor, poet, and social activist Tupac Inca Yupanqui, the tenth Sapanoso Inca of the Incan Empire Túpac Amaru, the last indigenous leader of the Inca people in Peru Túpac Amaru II, a descendant of the Inca chief... Until the End of Time is a posthumous album release from the late rapper Tupac Shakur. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ...


By 2003, Kurupt was the label's new lead artist as Crooked I fought legal battles with Knight to escape his contract. He recorded with his brother Roscoe, MOP, Eastwood, and Tri-Star. By 2005, multi-platinum rapper Petey Pablo had signed on to become Death Row's new lead artist. Kurupt and Eastwood (Who is now a former artist) were the only ones left of the second generation of Tha Row artists because most had departed from the label. Kurupt's album "Against The Grain" dropped and Death Row claimed that distributor Koch dropped the album before it was finished and left off important tracks Kurupt recorded with Lil Jon and Ice Cube. Songs such as "Vaseline 2" were dropped from the album. The album did poorly for sales and reminded everyone of the problems the label was having. As well as the poor sales Death Row did not endorse the album because of Koch's "mistake". Dominick Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


At 2:30 am on May 27, 2003, several bullets were fired by an unknown person, or persons, at Death Row Records Beverly Hills headquarters; damaging the front door, windows and wall of the offices. Earlier that year, a Los Angeles S.W.A.T. team raided the Death Row offices, looking for evidence of gang murders and drug dealing. At some point, rumors circulated that rapper The Game was in talks with Suge Knight about signing with Tha Row. Supposedly, The Game was simultaneously considering a deal with rival Bad Boy Records. Regardless of the authenticity of these talks, they yielded nothing and The Game is currently under his own label named The Black Wall Street Records. is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Alternate meaning: SWAT (TV series), the 2003 feature film remake S.W.A.T. (movie) or the SWAT videogame series SWAT is an acronym for Special Weapons And Tactics. ... Jayceon Terell Taylor (born November 27, 1979 in Los Angeles,[1] California), better known by his stage name The Game, is a multi-platinum American rapper signed to Interscope Records. ... Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an East Coast Hip-Hop/R&B record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 that is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... The Black Wall Street Records is a record label founded by Big Fase 100 in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ...


The year 2004 proved unfortunate for Suge. Crooked I, Tha Row's most promising artist, became frustrated that his album had failed to reach shelves after a period of five years and departed the label when his contract expired. Crooked I is now under his own label called Dynasty Entertainment. Similarly, R&B artist Danny Boy too left the label after a lengthy postponement, but as of now this is yet to be announced. Rapper Kurupt left in 2005 to reunite group Tha Dogg Pound with former partner Daz Dillinger. In the same year, Tha Row signed rapper Petey Pablo. Additionally, it is rumored that the company attempted to sign incarcerated rapper Shyne, but that didn't work out. The second generation did not fail due to lack of talent, but rather, a lack of exposure. With poor promotion and missed album releases, several quality records were shelved that may have generated heavy sales. The label failed to release completed albums by Top Dogg, Soopafly, Tha Realest, Daz Dillinger (second album), Above The Law, Ray J, N.I.N.A., J. Valentine, Eastwood, Danny Boy, Crooked I, Dre'sta, Mac Shawn, and several others. Later that year Kurupt and Eastwood both left the label. The only remaining artist would be Petey Pablo until 2006. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dominick Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. ... Dominick Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. ... Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap group made up of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. ... Delmar Arnaud (born May 25, 1973), better known by his stage name Daz Dillinger (formerly Dat Nigga Daz) is a rapper and hip hop producer from Long Beach, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Moses Michael Leviy (born Jamal Barrow on November 8, 1978), best known as Shyne, is a Belizean rapper. ... Danny Boy or DB (b. ... Dominick Wickliffe, better known by his stage name Crooked I is an American rapper from Long Beach, California. ...


Current Company Status

In early 2006 Suge Knight went on the DJ Kay Slay Hot 97 Radio Show and announced Death Row East and its first artist Lakey the Kid. Lakey had appeared on albums with Nas previously. Tha Row East has plans for one album. This album is Lakey's solo album called "The Big Ride" which, according to Tha Row East Vice President Delson, will be coming out sometime in 2007. Another artist named Warlord later signed to Death Row West. His mixtape "I Can Getcha Block Knocked Off Volume 1" aided by DJ Fokis aka "Bull Of Tha Industry" out of Chicago, Illinois was released September 26, 2006. Warlord recently started working on "Still Can Get Cha Block Knocked off Volume 2". The mixtape is in its final stages and will soon be available worldwide on Apple’s iTunes. Apparently the mixtape is executive produced by Suge Knight and Big L.O.S. (Death Row's Former V.P.). There is a video being shot for this called Boss, which will be the main focus of the tape. It has also been reported that Suge Knight is doing a reality show pilot for a major cable channel. Recently Big L.O.S. left from Death Row Records & formed his own company. Petey Pablo was stated to have left from Death Row Records near the end of 2006. Petey Pablo plans on releasing a mixtape around the same time his new album drops. Lakey the Kid or Lake is a rapper from Queensbridge, New York. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Knights 1997 mugshot for probation violation Marion Hugh Knight, Jr. ...


On April 3, 2006, it was reported that a court-appointed receiver is set to acquire Death Row assets to auction off. Suge Knight has missed several court-mandated appearances over his assets. Michael Harris, an imprisoned drug dealer, says that Knight owes him money because he helped fund the label's founding.[3] On April 4, 2006, Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy protection.[4] Knight would run the company while the matter is before the courts. It is noted that the headquarters of Death Row in Beverly Hills has been abandoned. A Los Angeles bankruptcy judge has set a deadline for parties to file claims against Death Row Records and Marion "Suge" Knight as part of a Chapter 11 restructuring of the legendary West coast label. is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ...


Death Row Records and Knight filed for Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in April 2006, listing debts of $137.4 million and $4.4 million in assets. Those filing claims must file with the bankruptcy court presiding over the case must file by October 31 or risk being barred from asserting claims against Death Row Records or Suge Knight. "We believe that it is vital that all parties asserting claims come forward and assert them in a timely manner so that Death Row can come out of Chapter 11 quickly", said Todd Neilson, the Death Row chapter 11 trustee. In March of 2005, Knight was ordered to pay over $100 million to Lydia Harris, who claims her husband, incarcerated drug kingpin Michael "Harry-O" Harris, provided $1.5 million in start-up money for Death Row in return for a 50% stake in the label. Knight missed several court dates in regards to the Harris' ownership claims, resulting in a default judgment. He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which allows a company to continue business operations while restructuring. Death Row is currently being operated by Neilson during the bankruptcy proceedings, while Knight oversees his bankruptcy estate as a debtor in possession. Among those listed as unsecured creditors to Death Row include the Harris', the Internal Revenue Service ($6,900,000), Koch Records ($3,400,000), Interscope Records ($2,500,000) and others. With Chapter 11 bankruptcy Suge will not lose his company or any of his masters. is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Chapter 11 is a chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which permits reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


On May 29, 2008, TMZ published US Bankruptcy Court documents putting Death Row Records and all of its assets, including masters, for public auction on June 24 with bids starting at $24 million.[5] is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... TMZ can refer to any of the following: The Thames airport in New Zealand The code on Kodak T-Max P3200 negatives The highest ITU prefix allocated to France This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Criminal Allegations

It has been alleged, however with no strong evidence, that Suge Knight was either partially or directly responsible for the murder of acclaimed Tupac Shakur. Initially it was because of a rumor that Shakur was leaving the label to form his own label Makaveli Records. This was later shown to be false as many of Shakur's close associates including members of his group, The Outlawz, confirmed that Makaveli Records would have been a subsidiary label, distributed by Death Row Records itself. However, to this day many fans remain skeptical about Knight's involvement with Shakur's murder.


Reggie Wright Jr., the former Head of Security for Death Row Records, was offered $100,000 USD to take a lie detector test that asks if he had anything to do with the assassination of 2Pac on the documentary Tupac: Assassination. Proclaiming his innocence, he has agreed to take it.[6] Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ...


Discography

Year Artist Title Last RIAA Certification Billboard 200 (Peak)
1992 Dr. Dre The Chronic 4x Platinum #3 (02/13/1993)
1993 Snoop Dogg Doggystyle 5x Platinum #1 (12/11/1993)
1994 Various Artists Above the Rim (Original Soundtrack) 2x Platinum #2 (04/23/1994)
Various Artists Murder Was the Case (Original Soundtrack) 2x Platinum #1 (11/05/1994)
1995 Tha Dogg Pound Dogg Food 2x Platinum #1 (11/18/1995)
1996 2Pac All Eyez on Me Diamond 10x platinum #1 (03/02/1996)
2Pac (as Makaveli) The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory 9x Platinum #1 (11/23/1996)
Snoop Dogg Tha Doggfather 2x Platinum #1 (11/30/1996)
Various Artists Death Row Greatest Hits Platinum #35 (12/21/1996)
Various Artists Christmas on Death Row None #155 (12/28/1996)
Hammer Too Tight (Unreleased) None None
1997 The Lady of Rage Necessary Roughness None #32 (07/12/1997)
Various Artists Gridlock'd (Original Soundtrack) Gold #1 (02/15/1997)
Various Artists Gang Related soundtrack 2x Platinum #2 (10/25/1997)
1998 2Pac Greatest Hits 9x Platinum #3 (01/23/1999)
Daz Dillinger Retaliation, Revenge & Get Back Gold #8 (04/18/1998)
Michel'le Hung Jury None Did Not Chart
1999 Various Artists Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000 Gold #11 (05/22/1999)
2000 Snoop Dogg Dead Man Walkin' None #24 (11/18/2000)
Various artists Too Gangsta for Radio None #171 (10/21/2000)
2001 Snoop Dogg Death Row: Snoop Doggy Dogg at His Best None #28 (11/10/2001)
Tha Dogg Pound 2002 None #36 (08/18/2001)
2Pac Until the End of Time 5x Platinum #1 (04/14/2001)
2002 Various Artists Dysfunktional Family (Original Soundtrack) None #95 (05/10/2003)
2Pac Better Dayz 3x Platinum #5 (12/14/2002)
2003 2Pac Nu-Mixx Klazzics Gold #15 (10/25/2003)
2004 2Pac 2Pac Live None Did Not Chart
2005 Various Artists The Very Best of Death Row None #94 (05/14/2005)
Kurupt Against tha Grain None #60 (09/10/2005)
2Pac Tupac: Live at the House of Blues Platinum (DVD) #159 (10/22/2005)
2006 Dr. Dre Chronicles: Death Row Classics None Did Not Chart
Various Artists 15 Years on Death Row None Did Not Chart
2007 Snoop Dogg Chronicles None Did Not Chart
Various Artists Death Row Archives: The Soundtracks None Did Not Chart
Various Artists Death Row: The Singles Collection None Did Not Chart
2Pac Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2 None #45
2Pac Best of 2Pac Part 1: Thug None #65
2Pac Best of 2Pac Part 2: Life None #77
Various Artists Death Row Presents: Fellowship of The Great None Did Not Chart

Back cover The Chronic is the highly influential debut album from American rap producer Dr. Dre, released in 1992. ... This article is about the Snoop Doggy Dogg album. ... Above the Rim (Original Soundtrack) is the official movie soundtrack to the film Above the Rim. ... Murder Was the Case is a 1994 film about rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. ... Dogg Food is the debut album by the Tha Dogg Pound. ... All Eyez on Me is a double album by rapper Tupac Shakur. ... Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory was the final album recorded before Tupac Shakurs death. ... Tha Doggfather was Snoop Doggs follow up to his debut album Doggystyle, released by Death Row Records in 1996, under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg (his alias at that time). ... Death Row Greatest Hits is a 33-track compilation released by Death Row Records, and contains some of the best materials from artists such as 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and more. ... Christmas on Death Row is a compilation released by Death Row Records on December 5, 1996. ... Necessary Roughnessis the debut album of female rapper Lady of Rage. ... Gridlockd (Original Soundtrack) is the official movie soundtrack to Vondie Curtis-Hall film Gridlockd and was released on the 28th January 1997 by Interscope Records. ... Greatest Hits is a double disc greatest hits album for rapper Tupac Shakur, released by Death Row Records in 1998. ... Retaliation, Revenge & Get Back is the debut album of Dogg Pound member Daz Dillinger. ... This article is about the Snoop Dogg album. ... Too Gangsta for Radio is a compilation album released by Death Row Records containting performances by multiple artists. ... 2002 Is an album by Tha Dogg Pound. ... Until the End of Time is a posthumous album release from the late rapper Tupac Shakur. ... Dysfunktional Family is a 17-track compilation soundtrack to the film of same name. ... Better Dayz is the fourth posthumous album by Tupac Shakur. ... Nu-Mixx Klazzics is a remix album by 2Pac, released in 2003 by Death Row Records. ... 2Pac Live is an album by rapper Tupac Shakur. ... The Very Best Of Death Row is a 14-track compilation released by Death Row C.E.O/President Suge Knight and contains some of the best materials from artists such as 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and more. ... Against Tha Grain is Kurupts 4th solo album and his first on Death Row as a solo artist. ... 15 Years on Death Row is a compilation released by CEO of Death Row Recordings Suge Knight it contains many of Death row artist such as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg and The Lady of Rage. ... Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. ...

See also

This article is about current and past artists, associates and enemies of Death Row Records. ...

References

  1. ^ Death Row Records History.
  2. ^ According to StreetGangs.com [1]
  3. ^ Billboard Magazine article http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002276110
  4. ^ BBC article [2]
  5. ^ Forget Suge, You Can Own Death Row Records!
  6. ^ HHWorlds.com - Head Of Security For Death Row Accepts 100K Challenge (December 9, 2007)

Further reading

  • Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records, Ronin Ro, Doubleday, 1998, 384 pages.
  • Labyrinth: Corruption and Vice in the L.A.P.D.: The truth behind the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls by Randall Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly Press, April 2, 2002, 384 pages, ISBN 0-87113-838-7

is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

External links

  • Death Row Records - Official website

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