Former Death Row Records artist Danny Boy recently sat down with The Art Of Dialogue to talk about the Notorious B.I.G. murder in 1997, the person suspected of pulling the trigger that ended Biggie’s life and the vibe he got from the alleged murderer and associate of Suge Knight.
Danny Boy never says that he believes that infamous Blood gang member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse was the actual triggerman, but he did say that Poochie, who was killed in 2003, gave him the eerie feeling one would get from a killer.
“Do I believe that man was a killer?” he said. “I’ll answer that. He definitely was a killer. He looked like it. He acted like it when it he came in the room. It was something about him. He wasn’t a tall man. He wasn’t big, nothing like that. To me he looked like that wasn’t the one to fuck with.”
The infamous former head of Death Row Records, Suge Knight, has taken the first step to having his life story on the big screen.
According to reports, the music executive who co-founded the iconic label that entrenched gangster rap further into the cultural landscape by signing Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg among others has struck a deal with producer Steve Whitney and his TSW Films company to produce a film on his life. The terms of the arrangement ha Knight signing over his life rights to the producer to begin the process, and actor/writer Nick Cassavetes has been tapped to pen the script for the film.
Suge Knight has factored in as a major subject in movies and documentaries within the past decade, with Straight Outta Compton and All Eyez On Me just being two of the more notable entries. For the 56-year old who is currently incarcerated after pleading no contest to crashing his car into Heayweight Records co-founder Terry Carter and filmmaker Cle Sloan in 2015—killing Carter and causing severe injury to Sloan – he felt the time was right to tell his story the way he wanted.
“Over the last 30 years, there has been so much talk about Compton, me, the inner cities, and Death Row – A lot of talk. Even when it comes to making my movie there has been so many imposters saying they have my rights, or they got the deal – that was, and is, all talk,” he said when contacted by Deadline about the deal. Referencing a friend at Ruthless Records who helped him out during tense dealings with that label, he elaborated further: “Mike Klein told me about it and I respect him for it—We became friends. So when it came time to do a real movie and tell the truth about it he introduced me to Steve Whitney. Now, Steve, Mike, and I, and the woman that has my back, are making this movie. Taking it to the next level!”
“During the golden era of rap and hip hop, all roads led through Suge Knight,” said Whitney when contacted. “That era helped define a new brand of music and culture that changed the world.” Knight is currently serving his sentence in the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California and is eligible for parole in 2037.
Death Row Records co-founder, Suge Knight, recently spoke on selling his life rights for a forthcoming biopic.
According to Deadline, Producer Steve Whitney and his company TSW Films purchased Suge Knight’s life rights. They have already begun the process of hiring writers to start on the script.
“Over the last 30 years, there has been so much talk about Compton, me, the inner cities, and Death Row – A lot of talk. Even when it comes to making my movie there has been so many imposters saying they have my rights, or they got the deal – that was, and is, all talk,” said Knight. “I jumped off the porch in my neighborhood at a young age but never forgot where I came from. Most people try to ride for the hills, I made it and tried to bring as many people to the hills with me and feel that I was successful at it.”
Suge also explained how he met Whitney through a connect at Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records.
“I met a guy named Mike Klein that was with Ruthless,” he said. “David Kenner was on the phone with Michael Harris and they took a meeting with Jerry Heller and during process of taking that meeting they were trying to sell Dre back to Ruthless behind my back. Mike Klein told me about it and I respect him for it – We became friends. So when it came time to do a real movie and tell the truth about it he introduced me to Steve Whitney. Now, Steve, Mike, and I, and the woman that has my back, are making this movie. Taking it to the next level!”
Suge is currently behind bars at San Diego’s RJ Donovan Correctional Facility. He will not be available for parole until 2037. In 2018, Suge pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for crashing his car into Heavyweight Records co-founder Terry Carter and filmmaker Cle Sloan in 2015. The incident resulted in Carter’s death while Sloan suffered a mangled foot and head injuries. Suge claimed that his actions were in self-defense.
On this date in 1992, Dr. Dre released his debut solo album The Chronic on his own Death Row Records imprint, which was distributed by Priority Records. This album introduced the world to the Death Row experience, G-Funk infused Hip Hop and the one and only Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Recorded in Death Row Studios in L.A., The Chronic album was created under the influence of some of the most powerful marijuana in the United States during that time, hence, the title. It was also fueled by Dre’s relentless passion to show his former crewmates from N.W.A. that he could make it on his own as well as prove to the world that he could do more than just make dope beats.
Timeless tracks where Dre shined on the lyrical side include “Let Me Ride”, “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang” along with Snoop, and “The Day The Niggaz Took Over”, where Daz, Dre, and RBX went in about racial tensions during the 1992 L.A. riots.
Even with its conceptual perfection and trailblazing sound, which left an open market for artists like The Dogg Pound, 213, and Warren G., The Chronic is still Dre’s second best-selling album behind The Chronic: 2001, which went sextuple platinum.
Salute to everyone at Death Row Records who contributed to this gangsta rap classic! Cali love!!
On this date in 1995, Death Row Records released one of the label’s most successful singles featuring Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Zapp frontman, the late Roger Troutman aptly titled “California Love” from ‘Pac’s All Eyez On Me LP.
As Tupac’s first single as a Death Row artist and as a free man after his 1994 rape conviction, California Love dropped during the height of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry and helped to propel Death Row to the top of the Hip Hop food chain, featuring the game’s hottest rapper and the most sought after producer. The B-side to the Jodeci-powered “How Do U Want It?” posted up in the Billboard pole position for a solid two weeks and ‘Pac was posthumously nominated for Grammys in the Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group categories.
“Only In Cali where we riot not rally, to live and die/ In L.A., we wearing Chucks, not Ballys(yeah, that’s right)..”
On this date in 1996, Death Row Records, led by then CEO Suge Knight, dropped an exclusive Christmas project for the holiday season. Sadly, this album was released just shy of three months after the tragic shooting death of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas.
The album featured all of Death Row’s favorite acts including Michel’le, who at the time was involved with Knight, Snoop Dogg and The Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Danny Boy, and several other up-and-coming artists on the label. The star-studded line-up rehashed many Christmas soul classics and carols including “Silver Bells,” “Frosty Thee Snowman,” and “White Christmas.” With 200K in sales, the virtually unheard of album didn’t do too bad. The best part was that it was reportedly all for charity.
Salute to the entire Death Row for releasing this under-the-radar Hip-Hop classic!
Back in the 90s, there’s no secret that Death Row CEO Marion “Suge” Knight was possibly the most feared man in the entertainment industry. He has been placed at the center of the most controversial murders in Hip Hop and sits in prison doing a 28-year stretch on a murder charge to this day. Most people feared Suge, but according to Scottie Pippen, not the Oak Tree.
In an interview on FOX SOUL’s Choppin It Up With Oakley, former Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen talked about old times with NBA legend Charles Oakley until co-host Sasha Delvalle asked about the validity of the story that Suge wanted no problems with Oak Tree in Miami.
Just because your favorite stars are behind bars, doesn’t mean they are robbed of Thanksgiving dinner. TMZ provided updates to what R. Kelly, YNW Melly, Suge Knight, and YFN Lucci dined on from their cells.
R. Kelly is spending another Turkey Day in jail and was served Roast turkey or roast eggplant, turkey gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, biscuit and pie. Meanwhile, Lucci dined on Sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls and dessert.
Suge Knight was offered Roast turkey, green salad with dressing, cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dinner roll or biscuit and pumpkin pie. And YNW Melly had Turkey breast, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, breadsticks and bread pudding.
Rap legend and icon, Snoop Dogg, dropped by The Breakfast Club yesterday where they discussed everything from Snoop’s upcoming album, his Super Bowl performance with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar, and even the recent passing of Snoop’s mother.
During their conversation, Snoop talked about his position as an executive creative and strategic consultant at Def Jam, and his adoration for the label as well. Snoop began to say how when he was signed to Death Row, their biggest competition at the time was Def Jam. Charlemagne tha God added that the west coast saved Def Jam, specifically Warren G. Snoop went on to say how his pen had something to do with saving the label as well.
“Like I said, my pen had something to do with that,” Snoop repeated. “We was trying to protect the homie from Suge Knight at the time, Suge was taking everything so we wanted to make sure Warren G had a dope record without him being able to get it, so we silently, me and Kurupt and a few others, went to work for Warren G to make sure that his record could be what it was.”
Snoop said that there was no animosity towards Warren G for signing to Def Jam instead of Death Row. In fact, Snoop said that “we all wanted to be on Def Jam…You gotta understand, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, LL Cool J, EPMD, you understand what I’m saying? This a foundation to Hip Hop for us.”
From classic movie scenes to powerful messages to iconic outbursts that have influenced some of the biggest names in today’s Hip Hop, moments from the life of legendary recording artist 2Pacgo viral daily.
While today is no different, a clip that shows the groovy side of the thespian two-stepping inside a nightclub in 1995 to the West Coast classic “Let’s Play House” by Tha Dogg Pound goes viral on Tuesday (Oct. 12). “He was so gangsta,” tweets @Meanie_McFeeny on Twitter in the comment section of the 13-second clip.
Posted on October 12 by the popular social media account, @AuxGod_, on Twitter, the tweet captioned “Tupac dancing to ‘Let’s Play House’ (95)” has generated 52,000 views, 2,466 likes and 714 retweets — so far. The clip stems from rare footage of 2Pac at Club 662 in Las Vegas. The one-time nightclub was owned by Suge Knight. You may watch the full video of Shakur dancing on the packed-out dance floor below.
“Let’s Play House” appears on Tha Dogg Pound’s classic album Dogg Food (1995). Signing with Death Row Records in 1992, their debut album, which also features the infamous diss track “New York New York” featuring Snoop Dogg, peaked at #1 on Billboard in November 1995 and went 2x platinum, according to RIAA.
In 1995, the rapper-actor was shot five times during the New York robbery that spawned the infamous beef with best friend-turned-bitter rival Notorious B.I.G. and sentenced to up to four and a half years in jail for sexual abuse. His third album, Me Against the World, was released in March 1995 via Interscope/Jive Records. While in jail, 2Pac signed a multi-album deal with Death Row Records in September 1995.
On Death Row, 2Pac and Tha Dogg Pound collaborated on the track “Got My Mind Made Up” off the Diamond-selling Death Row debut All Eyez on Me. On the album’s production, Daz Dillinger produced “Ambitionz az a Ridah.” Tha Dogg Pound left Death Row in 2001.
You can revisit the visual to the Dogg Pound classic below.