Death Row Records elevated Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur to global superstardom. This playlist covers the label's infamous rise to fame.
Ever wonder why Vanilla Ice Doesn't own the rights to "Ice Ice Baby?" Suge Knight is why. A former NFL player-turned-bodyguard-turned-music executive, Suge Knight is rumored to have dangled Ice off a hotel balcony to make his point.
Talib Kweli and Kurupt talk about Kurupt's time at Death Row Records, the importance of black-owned businesses in the music industry, and how Suge Knight's business-savvy and Dr. Dre's vision created one of the most influential music franchises in history.
With Dre free from Ruthless Records, and Suge recruiting more west-coast artists like Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, Death Row Records hit its stride. But constant in-fighting and Suge Knight's controlling management style soon drove Dre to found his own label.
Death Row's end began when Tupac and Suge Knight traveled to Las Vegas to watch a Mike Tyson boxing match. Unfortunately, only one of them would return from the trip, and when he did, it was in handcuffs.
With Suge Knight behind bars, Death Row artists started leaving the company. Nate Dogg, Kurupt, and Snoop Dogg all found new labels to work for. Death Row soon filed for bankruptcy, eventually being bought by the most unlikely of companies.
This episode is about the largest Hip Hop powerhouse of the early 90's - Death Row Records... I talk about Snoop, Dre, Tupac, and the infamous Suge Knight...Join me on this journey as we talk about Hip Hop culture and one of the dopest record labels of all time.