In a June 17 interview with Hip Hop Weekly, producer Symbolyc One (S1) announced that Snoop was working on his last album as Snoop Dogg, under the rappers pen name; I was working with Snoop, and actually, he was working on his final album solo, which was going to be called Snoop Dogg. It was also announced that Snoop had reached an agreement with RCA Records to release his sophomore album early 2013. The signing marked a complete turn of events for Snoop Dogg, who released his debut Snoop Dogg record Doggystyle on Death Row in 1993, one year after the label was founded by Dr. Dre, The D.O.C., Suge Knight, and recording executive Dick Griffey.

According to the press release, Snoop Dogg purchased Death Row Records from MNRK Music Group (formerly eOne Music), controlled by private equity funds managed by leading global investment firm Blackstone. According to a press release, Snoop Dogg has bought Death Row Records from MNRK Music Group (formerly eOne Music ), which is controlled by private equity funds managed by leading global investment firm Blackstone leading global investment firm Blackstone. To recommend the death penalty, the jurors must determine the defendant has met the required level of guilt for the victims death, and they must unanimously agree that aggravating factors, or factors they have found, are sufficient to overcome any mitigating factors in order to warrant a capital punishment. As of Oct. 2, 2021, the database of innocuous cases maintained by the Capital Punishment Information Center shows 186 acquittals for prisoners who had been sentenced to death, dating back to 1973. On Wednesday, Snoop Dogg owns Death Row Records and the music publishing company MNRK Music Group, which is funded by the investment firm Blackstone.To recommend a sentence of death, the jury must determine that the defendant had the requisite culpability with respect to the victims death, and must unanimously agree that the aggravating factor or factors it has found sufficiently outweigh any mitigating factors to justify a capital sentence.As of October 2, 2021, the Innocence Database maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center shows 186 exonerations of prisoners on death row in the United States since 1973. The deal is expected to see rapper Snoop Dogg will be the first party in a deal, according to Variety, which quotes one of its sources.

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg

The acquisition could also set in motion the start of Snoop Dogg also acquiring the rights to music on Death Row Records, the source close to Variety told the publication. Dr. Dres The Chronic Snoop Dogg has confirmed that Snoop Dogg now has the masters of Dr. Dres The Chronic, as well as the rest of Death Row albums, following the acquisition by the iconic label. The rapper and entrepreneur is expanding his reach to pet fashion with Snoop Doggie Doggs, his new brand of pet accessories. In the time since being part of Death Row, Snoop has bouncing around the industry, founding his own label, Doggy Style Records, releasing music via Pharrells Star Trak, and working with an array of indie distributors.

After Dr. Dre left Death Row Records, Snoop realized he was under a ironclad term-based contract (i.e., Death Row Records basically owned everything he produced for a certain amount of years), and refused to produce another track for Death Row co-founder Suge Knight, except the obnoxious Fuck Death Row, until the end of his contract. Eventually, the aughts would see Snoop Dogg selling albums distributed by labels such as Priority and Geffen, making hits through Pharrells Star Track affiliate, and even being rebranded as Snoop Lion for his reggae works in 2012. The labels equally iconic former owner, MarionSuge Knight, created an industry juggernaut as Snoop, Dr. Dre, and then Tupac Shakur all made hits for the label.

The label became the staple for hip-hop albums from the West Coast of the U.S., producing some of hip-hops most commercially successful albums. The Chronic sold 5.7 million records in the U.S. and helped to define the West Coast hip-hop style. In 2012, New Solutions Financial Corporation went bankrupt and sold the label and catalogue to a publicly traded company called Entertainment One.

WIDEawake Entertainment Group was able to buy the record label due to the funding provided by New Solutions Financial Corporation. Suge Knight approached MichaelHarry-O Harris about setting up Godfather Entertainment as a parent company for the record label. In April 2021, Hasbro Toy Company announced that they had sold the music group MNRK Music Group to leading global investment firm Blackstone, for $385 million in cash.

Hasbro purchased the mega-corporation Entertainment One/eOne in 2019, briefly opening the door for label co-founder Dr. Dre to befriend Blaster the Autobot (a collaboration which, unfortunately, never materialized), but it soon offloaded the music arm of the company to MNRK and Blackstone. Notably, recent reports have maintained that Own is in reference to Death Row Records, and does not include rights to its music catalogue at this time – an emerging sector of the business which is getting even larger early 2022 – but it is expected that move will be made shortly. According to a press release, Death Row Records now has full control over its 1993 effort Doggystyle, its 1996 project Tha Doggfather, as well as multiple soundtracks, compilations, and recordings from artists like Daz Dillinger, Lady Of Rage, and Kurupt.

Snoop Dogg also has his own album, Bakc on Death Row, scheduled for release tomorrow, and is scheduled to play the inaugural Super Bowl halftime show Sunday along with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. Now that Snoop Dogg is taking the reins on the Death Row Records label, Blackstone will not be able to use copies of All Eyez On Me on CDs as buzzsaws while Blackstone is cutting down Amazon Rainforest…once Snoop really gets his hands on the music.

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