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Death Row
Death Row
Records (formerly Future Shock Entertainment and Tha Row Records) was an American record company founded in 1991 by Suge Knight and other associates, record label almost instantly became a sensation by releasing a succession of multi-platinum hip-hop albums from West Coast-based artists such as Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
(The Chronic), Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
(Dogg Food), Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
(All Eyez on Me), and others during the early-to-mid-1990s. At its peak, Death Row Records was making over $100,000,000 a year,[1] but by the late 90s the label began to decline in the wake of the shooting death of its star artist Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
and imprisonment of co-founder Suge Knight, not to mention the departure of big-name, popular act Snoop Doggy Dogg. While Death Row
Death Row
was enjoying financial success, the label would be embroiled in many controversies, lawsuits, legal troubles and violence by its artists and associates. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and was auctioned to entertainment development company WIDEawake Entertainment Group, Inc. for $18,000,000 on january 15, 2009.[2][3] Death Row
Death Row
Records' legacy has been credited in popularizing the form of gangsta rap music to a wider audience.

Contents

1 History

1.1 The Chronic
The Chronic
and Ruthless Records
Ruthless Records
feud 1.2 Doggystyle 1.3 Signing Tupac and Suge Knight's rise 1.4 Bad Boy Records
Bad Boy Records
feud and Dr. Dre's departure 1.5 M.C. Hammer's involvement and departure 1.6 Tupac Shakur's murder and Suge Knight's incarceration 1.7 2nd generation exodus 1.8 Chapter 11 Bankruptcy 1.9 From WIDEawake acquisition to E1

2 Former artists 3 Releases 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] Main article: Ruthless Records In the late-1980s, producer Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
was a member of N.W.A, signed to friend Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. As head of production at the label, Dre produced a large number of Ruthless projects, many of them successful; feeling the pressures of having to produce so many acts and feeling he was underpaid, Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
became frustrated with Ruthless Records.[4] After the departure of Ice Cube
Ice Cube
in 1989 over financial disagreements with N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller,[5] Suge Knight
Suge Knight
and fellow Ruthless artist, The D.O.C. went over the books with a lawyer. Convinced that Heller was dishonest, they approached Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
about forming a label with them, away from Heller and Eazy-E.[6] Allegedly using strong-arm tactics, Knight was able to procure contracts from Eazy-E
Eazy-E
for The D.O.C., Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and Ruthless singer, Michel'le.[7] Dr. Dre, Suge Knight
Suge Knight
along with partners The D.O.C. and SOLAR Records founder Dick Griffey
Dick Griffey
began the process of starting a record label and music partnership in anticipation of Dre's departure from Ruthless Records. Although the name of their new music venture was originally called Future Shock Entertainment, The D.O.C. claimed to have suggested changing the name of the new label to "Def Row"[8] (a play on the hip-hop label Def Jam),[9] but rights to the name were already owned by The Unknown DJ, who also happened to be one of Dre's former music associates in the 1980s. Unknown stated in an interview that he created the name "Def Row" for a potential deal to start another record label under Morgan Creek Entertainment Group.[10] However he later sold the naming rights to Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and his partners in July 1991 and by 1992 the name changed to its eventual title of Death Row Records.[11] Knight approached Michael "Harry-O" Harris, a businessman imprisoned on drug and attempted murder charges. Through David Kenner, an attorney handling Harris's appeal, Harry-O set up Godfather, a parent company for the newly christened Death Row.[12] Knight approached Vanilla Ice, using management connections with Mario "Chocolate" Johnson, claiming Johnson had produced the song "Ice Ice Baby", and had not received royalties for it.[13] After consulting with Alex Roberts, who sources suggest was Suge Knight's connection to the underworld, Knight and two bodyguards arrived at The Palm in West Hollywood, where Van Winkle was eating. After shoving Van Winkle's bodyguards aside, Knight sat down in front of Van Winkle, staring at him before asking "How you doin'?"[13] Similar incidents were repeated on several occasions, including alleged attempts to lure Vanilla Ice into a van filled with Bloods
Bloods
and Crips, before Knight showed up at Vanilla Ice's hotel suite on the fifteenth floor of the Bel Age Hotel, accompanied by Johnson and a member of the Oakland Raiders. According to Vanilla Ice, Knight took him out on the balcony by himself, and implied he would throw Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice
off unless he signed the rights to the song over to Knight; Van Winkle's money helped fund Death Row.[13] At one time, Death Row
Death Row
was located at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd.[14] Knight was seen on several occasions leaving Alex Roberts' home in Malibu. The Chronic
The Chronic
and Ruthless Records
Ruthless Records
feud[edit] Main article: The Chronic With the help of Kenner, Knight began signing young, inner-city California-based artists and arranged for Death Row
Death Row
Records to handle the soundtrack for the 1992 film, Deep Cover. The single, "Deep Cover", established Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
as a solo artist and a young Snoop "Doggy" Dogg as his protégé. Work soon began on The Chronic, Dr. Dre's debut solo album, which heavily featured Snoop and the rest of the label's core roster. The album went on to sell 5,700,000 records in the US,[15] establishing the West Coast in the hip-hop industry and popularizing the distinctive style of G-Funk.[16] Doggystyle[edit] Main article: Doggystyle
Doggystyle
(album) After finding solo success, Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
began crafting Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle; the process took two years. Snoop's debut was released in 1993 due to public demand and high pressure from retailers. Though unfinished,[17] it outperformed The Chronic
The Chronic
at Quadruple Platinum,[18] and garnered similarly glowing reviews.[19] Soon after the release of the album, Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
was charged with murder,[20] fueling the debate that politicians C. Delores Tucker
C. Delores Tucker
and then-Vice Presidential candidate Dan Quayle
Dan Quayle
sparked by denouncing gangsta rap as against American values, encouraging violence towards police officers, and degrading to Black women. Signing Tupac and Suge Knight's rise[edit]

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By 1995, the label began to flood with Suge Knight's cronies—friends and gang members fresh out of jail, as well as off-duty LAPD officers later implicated in the Rampart scandal
Rampart scandal
working as security. Emboldened, Knight began taking more control of the label and further sought the spotlight, while Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
receded into the background, shying away from the violent atmosphere and Suge Knight's newfound volatility. Tucker's pressure to conform extended to a joint proposal by herself and a Warner executive to set up a record label with Knight to put out content-controlled hip-hop music, which Knight billed as a breach of contract,[12] resulting in a switch in distribution from Time Warner
Time Warner
to Interscope. At The Source
The Source
Awards in 1995, the Death Row roster's performance garnered a poor reception from the mainly East Coast audience; Knight also made comments pertaining to Bad Boy CEO Puff Daddy, sparking friction between the two labels (and, soon after, the two entire coasts). Knight soon signed 2Pac, and Lord Autopz of Ruthless Criminalz while 2Pac
2Pac
was incarcerated on a sexual abuse conviction, after agreeing to post 2Pac's bail. At the same time, a rift between Michael and Lydia Harris and Suge and David Kenner began to grow, with the latter pair denying Harris' involvement in the company and refusing to take his phone calls. Bad Boy Records
Bad Boy Records
feud and Dr. Dre's departure[edit] 2Pac
2Pac
began work on his Death Row
Death Row
album, kicking off his tenure by insulting The Notorious B.I.G., Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
(the founder of Bad Boy Records), whom he accused of setting him up to be robbed and shot earlier that year, as well as Mobb Deep, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Fugees and Nas. Tha Dogg Pound's debut album, Dogg Food, continued the label's streak of commercial successes; its members – rappers Kurupt
Kurupt
and Daz Dillinger
Daz Dillinger
– then joined Snoop in ridiculing New York rappers with their single "New York, New York", featuring Snoop Dogg. The video, set in New York City, New York, was also heightened when the set was fired upon in a drive-by. After the shooting, Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
and Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
filmed scenes kicking down a building in New York. The single provoked a response called '"L.A., L.A." by East Coast rappers Capone-N-Noreaga, Tragedy Khadafi, and Mobb Deep. Another report was that Sam Sneed was beaten in one of the label's meetings by a group of Death Row
Death Row
affiliates, led by Suge Knight
Suge Knight
and 2Pac. According to Daz Dillinger, the reason this happened was that Sam Sneed had too many East Coast rappers in his Lady Heroin music video.[21] Disillusioned with the direction of Death Row, artists RBX and The D.O.C. chose to leave, after which Suge Knight
Suge Knight
exercised tighter control over the rest of the roster.[12] Dogg Food
Dogg Food
was not produced by Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
but was mixed by Dr. Dre, a further testament to Dre's dwindling involvement with his own record label. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
also grew tired of Knight's violence within the label, although he contributed toward two tracks on 2Pac's All Eyez on Me. The rest of the tracks on the album, however, were mostly produced by Daz Dillinger and Johnny J, despite Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
being nominally titled as Executive Producer. Shakur's behavior reportedly became erratic as he continued his verbal wars with The Notorious B.I.G., Bad Boy Records, Puff Daddy, Mobb Deep, and Prodigy, including many violent confrontations with many of those rappers at some points. In 1996, due to the infighting, Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
left Death Row
Death Row
Records to found Aftermath; which provoked 2Pac
2Pac
to turn against Dr. Dre. M.C. Hammer's involvement and departure[edit] Suge Knight's relationship with MC Hammer
MC Hammer
dates back to 1988. With the success of Hammer's 1994 album, The Funky Headhunter (featuring Tha Dogg Pound), Hammer signed with Death Row
Death Row
in 1995, along with Snoop Dogg and his close friend, 2Pac.[22] The label did not release the album of M.C. Hammer's music (titled Too Tight), although he did release versions of some tracks on his next album.[23][24] However, Hammer did record tracks with Shakur and others, most notably the song "Too Late Playa" (along with Big Daddy Kane
Big Daddy Kane
and Danny Boy).[25][26] After the death of 2Pac
2Pac
in 1996, MC Hammer
MC Hammer
left Death Row Records.[27][28] Tupac Shakur's murder and Suge Knight's incarceration[edit] Main article: Murder
Murder
of Tupac Shakur Formerly a united front of artists, Death Row's roster fractured into separate camps. Daz, now head producer, worked on Snoop Dogg's second album Tha Doggfather, which featured Bad Azz and Techniec of his LBC Crew, Warren G
Warren G
and Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
of his group 213 and Tha Dogg Pound. 2Pac shut himself into the studio with Hurt-M-Badd and Big "D", crafting The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - unlike All Eyez on Me, it was devoid of high-profile Death Row
Death Row
guest appearances, instead showcasing The Outlawz
The Outlawz
and Bad Azz. Suge Knight
Suge Knight
was now barely reachable by his staff, and employees were assaulted as punishment for not following orders.[17] During a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada
for a Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson
boxing match, 2Pac was interviewed on the possibility of Death Row
Death Row
East, an East Coast branch of Death Row. It was also during this time, that Alex Roberts and David Kenner had been seen at Suge Knight's Vegas Club 662 in discussion about the possibility of having Roberts' New York underworld connections help pave the way for Death Row
Death Row
East. Though names from Big Daddy Kane
Big Daddy Kane
and The Wu-Tang Clan
The Wu-Tang Clan
to Eric B.
Eric B.
and K-Solo were mentioned, the label would never be formed; On September 7, 1996, Suge Knight
Suge Knight
and 2Pac
2Pac
were caught on surveillance camera at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas
Las Vegas
attacking gang member Orlando Anderson
Orlando Anderson
who was a Southside Compton, California
California
Crip. Later that night, 2Pac
2Pac
was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in the front seat of Suge Knight's BMW 750iL
BMW 750iL
waiting at a red traffic light at crossroads; en route to Knight's Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Club 662;[29][30] despite living six days in critical condition, 2Pac
2Pac
died September 13, 1996. Shakur's "The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory" was released in November 1996, just one week before Snoop Dogg's "Tha Doggfather". Both albums achieved Platinum sales. Suge Knight
Suge Knight
was convicted of parole violation and sentenced to nine years in prison, causing Interscope to drop their distribution deal with the label.[31] Suge Knight's control over the label diminished, as Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
was able to leave, followed by Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
and Kurupt. After the release of her solo album, The Lady of Rage left. Daz Dillinger
Daz Dillinger
departed in 1999 but produced for Big C-Style, he later formed Dogg Pound Records. Kurupt
Kurupt
returned to the label in 2002 upon Suge Knight's release from prison.[32] 2nd generation exodus[edit] Maintaining artistic control from behind bars, Suge Knight
Suge Knight
launched smear campaigns against his former artists, most notably Snoop Dogg.[citation needed] The label supported itself with releases pulled from vaults—most successfully various posthumous 2Pac
2Pac
albums, along with Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
re-releases and then-unreleased compilation records such as Suge Knight
Suge Knight
Represents: Chronic 2000 and a Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
compilation album Dead Man Walkin'. He signed new talent, including Crooked I who had been lighting up the Californian underground with his rhyming ability, particularly the Wake Up Show with Sway & King Tech. Suge Knight
Suge Knight
also signed Left Eye. He also appointed Cold 187um to oversee the 2Pac
2Pac
album Until the End of Time and Tha Dogg Pound's 2002. Despite bad blood, Kurupt
Kurupt
would again sign with Suge Knight
Suge Knight
in exchange for the position of Vice President, which sparked a feud between himself and Daz Dillinger
Daz Dillinger
and Snoop Dogg. He began work on Against tha Grain; his verbal feud with his former partners continued from 2002 to 2005.[33] Left Eye signed with Death Row
Death Row
after finishing her solo deal with Arista who released her 1st album Supernova in 2001. Lopez joined to record a 2nd solo album under the pseudonym N.I.N.A.
N.I.N.A.
(New Identity Not Applicable) she was also working on TLC's new album 3D. N.I.N.A.
N.I.N.A.
was cancelled after her death in April 2002. The album was leaked online in 2011. After promoting his new talent from prison, directing a campaign against his former artists and exacerbating the conflict between Daz Dillinger and Kurupt,[34] Suge had still yet to release any albums by his new artists. After Kurupt's 2nd departure, Against tha Grain
Against tha Grain
was released; soon after, citing dissatisfaction with serving 5 years on the label and seeing no release,[35] Rapper Crooked I left Death Row, eventually filing a gag order on Knight to prevent him from interfering with him finding a new deal.[36] Petey Pablo, who had signed in 2005 and started the never-released album Same Eyez on Me,[37] left along with rapper Tha Realest[38] in 2006. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy[edit] On April 4, 2006 both Death Row
Death Row
Records and Suge Knight
Suge Knight
simultaneously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the appointment of a Receiver to acquire and auction off assets of both Death Row Records and Suge Knight
Suge Knight
in the civil case filed by Lydia Harris against Suge Knight. Among those listed as unsecured creditors to Death Row
Death Row
include the Harris', the Internal Revenue Service ($6,900,000), Koch Records ($3,400,000), Interscope Records ($2,500,000) and a number of artists previously signed to the label. Suge Knight
Suge Knight
would eventually lose control of Death Row
Death Row
Records and his personal assets when Chapter 11 Trustees took over both cases. From WIDEawake acquisition to E1[edit] On January 15, 2009, Death Row
Death Row
was successfully auctioned to entertainment development company WIDEawake for $18 million USD. On January 25, 2009, an auction was held for everything found in the Death Row
Death Row
office after it filed for bankruptcy. Of note was the Death Row electric chair which went for $2500 USD.[39] Since the acquisition, the company has continued to release material from its vast archives of materials acquired in the sale. Noteworthy releases include previously unreleased material from such artists as Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Danny Boy, Crooked I, Sam Sneed, LBC Crew and O.F.T.B.
O.F.T.B.
Since the acquisition of the material, Money Mafia-Death Row, under the management of WIDEawake, has made many positive steps towards improving the image of Death Row
Death Row
by making good on its promise to make royalty payments to many of the artists, producers, and songwriters with commercially released material under the label. On "Record Store Day" April 18, 2012, the label has issued a free Death Row "Record Store Day" CD sampler which included music from Lord Autopz, Petey Pablo and Danny Boy " The Chronic
The Chronic
Re-Lit" was released on September 1, 2009. The album contained the original The Chronic
The Chronic
album re-mastered and 7 bonus songs from the vault by Snoop Doggy Dogg, CPO, Kurupt, Jewell, and more; plus a DVD containing music videos, a rare Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
interview, a Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
mini movie, and rare 1992 television commercials for the original The Chronic
The Chronic
release.[40][41] "Snoop Doggy Dogg – Death Row
Death Row
The Lost Sessions Vol 1"[42] was released October 13, 2009 and contains 15 previously unreleased tracks with 4 being produced by Dr. Dre. " Death Row
Death Row
The Ultimate Collection"[43] was released on November 24 and was a special box set containing 3 audio CDs (1 greatest hits disc and 2 discs of unreleased content), 1 DVD of music videos which includes the unreleased Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
music video "Puffin' On Blunts" and a limited edition Death Row
Death Row
T-shirt. The set boasts over 20 unreleased tracks from the likes of: Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, The Lady of Rage, Lord Autopz and Petey Pablo. During this period, there was a specific distribution venture between E1 and Wideawake Death Row
Death Row
LLC. On 10 December 2012, New Solutions Financial Corp., the Canadian company that owned WIDEawake Death Row, had gone bankrupt and sold both the label and catalog to a publicly held company[44] In 2013, E1 purchased the rights to the Death Row
Death Row
catalog. The Group invested £175 million in content rights and television programmes in the year (2012: £135.8 million) and £4.2 million (6 million $) to purchase the music library assets of Death Row.[45] Former artists[edit]

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
(1991-1996) The D.O.C (1991-1994) Michel'le
Michel'le
(1991-1999); (2002-2003) Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
(1991-1998) Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
(1991-1997) Lady of Rage (1991-1997) 2Pac
2Pac
(1995-1996) Outlawz
Outlawz
(1995-1999) 213 (group) (1991-1997) RBX (1991-1994) Chilly Chill
Chilly Chill
(1994-1995) Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
(1991-1997) MC Hammer
MC Hammer
(1995-1996) Kurupt
Kurupt
(1991-1997) (2002-2005) Daz Dillinger
Daz Dillinger
(1991-1999) Lisa "N.I.N.A" Lopes (2002) Crooked I (1999-2004) SKG (2001) Tha Realest (1996-2001) YGD Tha Top Dogg (1997-2000) Danny Boy (1994-1999); (2002-2003) Sam Sneed (1993-1997) Yaki Kadafi
Yaki Kadafi
of The Outlawz
The Outlawz
(1995-1996) Jewell (1992-1999) O.F.T.B.
O.F.T.B.
(1994-1998) J-Flexx (1994-1997) Petey Pablo (2005-2006) Soopafly (1994-1997) 2nd II None
2nd II None
(1994-1998) Prince Ital Joe (1995-1998) LBC Crew (1995-1997) O.G. Big Tray Dee (1994-1997) Bad Azz (1995-1997) Lil' C-Style (1994-1998) Techniec (1994-1997) Young Swoop G (1994-2001) Nanci Fletcher (1993-1996) DJ Quik (1994-1996) C.P.O. Boss Hogg (1991-1998) Above the Law (1999-2001) Young Soldierz
Young Soldierz
(1994-1998) Big Pimpin' Delemond (1994-1999) Butch Cassidy (1996-1998) V.K. (1999) Dobbie (1998-1999) Eastwood (2002-2005) Big C-Style (1998-2001) 6 Feet Deep B.G.O.T.I. Chocolate (1991-1993) Chocolate Bandit (1996-1999) Mr. 2-3 (1991-1993) Sean 'Barney' Thomas Slip Capone (1993-1998) Lil' Malik a.k.a. Lil' Hershey Loc Fatal-n-Felony (1995-1996) The Gang (1996-1997) Twang GP The Beast Scarlo El Dorado (1998-1999) The Relativez(1998-2000) Hurt-M-Badd Spider Loc (2002- 2004) Gangxsta Ridd Dresta Mac Shawn LA Nash Scrilla Warlord Capricorn O.Y.G Redrum781 Gangsta Girl Dorasel Gail Gotti

Releases[edit] Main article: Death Row
Death Row
Records discography

Year Album information

1992 Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
– The Chronic

Released: December 15, 1992 Chart positions: No.3 Billboard RIAA certification: 3x Platinum[46] Singles: "Fuck Wit Dre Day", "Let Me Ride", "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"

1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle

Released: November 23, 1993 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 4x Platinum Singles: "Who Am I (What's My Name)", "Gin and Juice", "Doggy Dogg World"

1994 Above the Rim

Released: March 22, 1994 Chart positions: No.2 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Regulate", "Anything", "Afro Puffs", "Part-Time Lover"

Murder
Murder
Was The Case

Released: October 15, 1994 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Woman To Woman", "Natural Born Killaz", "U Better Recognize", " Murder
Murder
Was The Case", What Would You Do?"

1995 Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
– Dogg Food

Released: October 31, 1995 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Respect", "Let's Play House", "New York, New York"

1996 2Pac
2Pac
– All Eyez On Me

Released: February 13, 1996 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: Diamond Singles: " California
California
Love", "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted", "How Do You Want It", "All Bout U", "Life Goes On", "I Ain't Mad at Cha"

Makaveli (2Pac) – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Released: November 5, 1996 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 4x Platinum Singles: "Toss It Up", "To Live & Die in LA", "Hail Mary"

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Tha Doggfather

Released: November 12, 1996 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Doggfather", "Snoop's Upside Ya Head", "Vapors"

Death Row
Death Row
Greatest Hits

Released: November 26, 1996 Chart positions: No.36 Billboard

Christmas on Death Row

Released: December 5, 1996 Chart positions: No.155 Billboard Singles: "Santa Clause Goes Straight to the Ghetto"

1997 Gridlock'd

Released: January 28, 1997 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: Platinum Singles: "Wanted Dead or Alive", "Lady Heroin", "It's Over Now"

Lady of Rage – Necessary Roughness

Released: June 4, 1997 Chart positions: No.32 Singles: "Sho Shot", "Get Wit' Da Wickedness"

Gang Related

Released: October 7, 1997 Chart positions: No.2 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x platinum Singles: "Made Niggaz"

1998 Daz Dillinger
Daz Dillinger
– Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back

Released: March 31, 1998 Chart positions: No.8 Billboard RIAA certification: Gold Singles: "In California", "It Might Sound Crazy"

Michel'le
Michel'le
– Hung Jury

Released: August 24, 1998 Chart positions: No.56 Billboard Singles: "Hang Tyme", "Can I Get A Witness?"

2Pac
2Pac
– Greatest Hits

Released: November 24, 1998 Chart positions: No.3 Billboard RIAA certification: Diamond (10x Platinum) Singles: "Changes", "Unconditional Love"

1999 Suge Knight
Suge Knight
Represents: Chronic 2000

Released: April 27, 1999 Chart positions: No.11 Billboard RIAA certifications: Gold Singles: "Who Do U Believe In?", "Like It or Not"

2000 Too Gangsta for Radio

Released: September 26, 2000 Chart positions: No.171 Billboard Singles: "Thug Nature"

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Dead Man Walkin'

Released: October 31, 2000 Chart positions: No.24 Billboard Singles: "Head Doctor"

2001 Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
– 2002

Released: July 31, 2001 Chart positions: No.36 Billboard Singles: "Just Doggin'"

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Death Row: Snoop Doggy Dogg at His Best

Released: October 23, 2001 Chart positions: No.28 Billboard Singles:

2Pac
2Pac
– Until the End of Time

Released: March 27, 2001 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 3x Platinum Singles: "Until the End of Time", "Letter 2 My Unborn"

2002 2Pac
2Pac
– Better Dayz

Released: November 26, 2002 Chart positions: No.5 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Still Ballin'", "Thugz Mansion", "Who Do U Believe In?"

2003 Dysfunktional Family

Released: March 11, 2003 Chart positions: No.95 Billboard Singles: "Dysfunktional Family"

2Pac
2Pac
– Nu-Mixx Klazzics

Released: October 7, 2003 Chart positions: No.15 Billboard

2005 The Very Best of Death Row

Released: February 22, 2005

Kurupt
Kurupt
– Against the Grain

Released: August 23, 2005 Chart positions: No.60 Billboard

2007 2Pac
2Pac
Nu-Mixx Klazzics
Nu-Mixx Klazzics
Vol. 2

Released: August 14, 2007 Chart positions: No.45 Billboard

2009 Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
The Chronic
The Chronic
Re-Lit

Released: September 1, 2009

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Death Row: The Lost Sessions Vol. 1

Released: October 13, 2009 Chart positions:No.129 Billboard

Death Row
Death Row
The Ultimate Collection

Released: November 24, 2009

2010 Kurupt
Kurupt
– Down & Dirty

Released: April 9, 2010

Danny Boy – It's About Time

Released: April 20, 2010

Crooked I – Hood Star

Released: June 16, 2010

2011 Sam Sneed – Street Scholars

Released: January 25, 2011

LBC Crew – Haven't You Heard...

Released: February 8, 2011

O.F.T.B.
O.F.T.B.
– Damn Near Dead

Released: July 12, 2011

Jewell – Black Diamond

Released: TBC, November 2011

2012 20 To Life: Volume 1

Released: May 10, 2012

Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
- Doggy Bag

Released: July 3, 2012

20 To Life: Volume 2

Released: September 25, 2012

See also[edit]

Death Row
Death Row
Records artists

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records, Ronin Ro, Doubleday, 1998, 384 pages, ISBN 0-385-49134-4 Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
and Notorious B.I.G., the Implications of Death Row
Death Row
Records' Suge by Randall Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly Press, April 2, 2002, 384 pages, ISBN 0-87113-838-7 The Killing of Tupac Shakur, by Cathy Scott, Huntington Press, 2002 (2nd ed), 235 pages, ISBN 0-929712-20-X Welcome to Death Row, Director: S. Leigh Savidge & Jeff Scheftel, (Video) 2001

External links[edit]

Official Death Row
Death Row
Records website Death Row
Death Row
Records – Official Myspace Death Row
Death Row
Records – Official Twitter Death Row
Death Row
Records – Official YouTube Interview with new owner of Death Row
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Records interview of MJ[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc[1] Sales Inc [3] Suge Knight

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Rampart scandal

Notable accused officers

Nino Durden Kevin Gaines Brian Liddy David Mack Rafael Pérez

Victims

Frank Lyga Javier Ovando The Notorious B.I.G.

Coverup and investigation

Brian S. Bentley Bernard Parks Russell Poole

Gang involvement

18th Street gang Bloods Death Row
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Records Suge Knight

Other

Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums Los Angeles
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Police Department LAPD Rampart Division

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