Suge Knight’s son spoke with TMZ about Snoop Dogg’s acquisition of Death Row Records from Blackstone investment firm MNRK Music Group earlier this week.
Suge Jacob Knight calls Snoop’s ownership of the label co-founded by his father a “win for the West Coast”, which he sees as in need of a win after the recent deaths of local icons, like Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant. .
Knight said he was aware the acquisition was in the works. He confessed that he even approached former execs of the label to rename Death Row, but nothing came of his speech. Knight thinks people have created the nonexistent narrative of an ongoing feud between Snoop and Suge, adding that he’s just happy to see the label back in the hands of someone from the West Coast.
“It feels good to own the label I was part of early in my career and as one of the founding members,” Snoop said in a statement. “This is an extremely meaningful moment for me.”
Death Row Records helped launch Snoop’s career with the release of his critically acclaimed debut album in 1993. doggystyle. He left Death Row five years later following a dispute over his contract and alleged royalty payments withheld from him.
Snoop signed with No Limit Records the same year and was set to release an album titled Fuck death row, but Master P dissuaded him. “You won’t live to see this album come out, so don’t do this,” Snoop recalled, remembering Master P telling him in his office. “You can’t make a record talking about Death Row and stuff, you gotta drop that shit.”
As part of his deal to join No Limit, Snoop had to move his entire family to New Orleans. Snoop credits Master P with saving his life and preventing what could have been “mass destruction”, if he went ahead with the album.