It seems cops have arrested Suge Knight again, but with a bail at $65,000 he will be out in a few hours. TMZ has the story below:
A witness in the Suge Knight incident told police that the rap mogul pointed a gun at another car this morning — while sitting in the driver’s seat of his own SUV, this according to law enforcement sources.
Will we see Tupac’s greatest hits now hocking cars? 18 million was probably a bargain for this historic catalog.
Music publisher EverGreen, which owns the catalogs of 2 Live Crew, Third Eye Blind, MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur and others, has signed a deal with WIDEawake, the Canada-based development company that acquired the assets of Death Row Records earlier this year, to be the worldwide administrative company of the legendary rap label. As part of a long-term arrangement, EverGreen will administer and handle licensing for all of the compositions and master recordings in the Death Row catalog, as well as the processing of all mechanical and performance royalties in the catalog.
“After purchasing the Death Row catalog in January, WIDEawake began looking for a partner to help monetize their rights,” David Schulhof, co-CEO of EverGreen, tells Billboard.com. “We already had a relationship through the estate of Tupac Shakur; WIDEawake was looking for an exclusive boutique company to help focus on licensing in the film, television, video game and ad world; and because we own the catalogs of Tupac and 2 Live Crew and Teddy Riley and others, they knew we already had experience in the genre. So, it just felt like the obvious choice for them to partner up with us for Death Row.”
With the new joint venture, WIDEawake extends EverGreen’s rights to market, promote and collect royalties on all the copyrights and master recordings in the Death Row catalog, including more than 10,000 released and unreleased songs by such artists as Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger and Nate Dogg, to list a few. It also includes never-before released albums by Crooked I, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, RBX, The Lady of Rage, Warren G, K-Solo, Danny Boy and DJ Quick, among others.
During the ‘90s, Death Row Records linked the sound and do it yourself ethic of Stax and Motown with Hip Hop. It laid the blueprint for No Limit, Roc-A-Fella and a half dozen other independent labels. Along with the trademark sound emerged tales of industry shakedowns, studio beatdowns and a conflict that left two of Hip Hop’s greatest contributors dead. Things got so bad that Dr. Dre then Snoop Dogg and nearly everyone else departed, leaving thousands of unreleased recordings and plenty of drama in their trail. A few who chose to remain occasionally made headlines. As a shell of its former self, Death Row brought in a steady trickle of a couple million dollars annually, until a crippling lawsuit forced the label to sell its assets in a recent auction.
Canada’s WIDEawake Enertainment purchased the remaining Death Row assets for $18 million, simultaneously ending and starting a new era. As questions arose about the reintroducing the label’s analog material in a now digital Hip Hop landscape, the new owners promised a drastic change in the way business was conducted. After nearly a decade of re-releasing bootlegs and b-sides that were better left on the cutting room floor, stories of a board of trustees led by a suburban soccer-mom did little to ease the fears of die-hard Death Row fans.
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, WIDEAwake/Death Row CEO Lara Lavi and Senior Vice President John Payne cut through the clichéd press clippings to explain why they can equally relate to the suits who write the checks and the artists who cash them. With ties that reach back to Death Row’s infancy as Future Shock Records, John and Lara have offered a full pardon of sorts for all the artists and music stranded on Death Row. In the following pages, you can judge if they’ll successfully take the hood off of Death Row’s iconic mascot without taking the hood out of the label’s master recordings.
HipHopDX: What initially attracted you to the Death Row purchase?
John Payne: I was actually with Death Row from the very beginning. I did the Deep Cover Soundtrack, and I helped formulate the direction Death Row took before it kind of went a little negative. When the company went bankrupt, I worked with the trustees in identifying everything. Read more…
LAS VEGAS – Marion (Suge) Knight has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery for beating a woman in a Las Vegas parking lot last year.
The 43-year-old rap producer entered the plea in Las Vegas Justice Court Tuesday in a deal that dismissed two felony drug charges and one felony coercion charge stemming from the August incident.
Police said officers witnessed the co-founder of Death Row Records striking Melissa Isaac while holding a knife in a parking lot near the Las Vegas Strip. They said Knight was carrying Ecstasy and hydrocodone when they arrested him.
Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman ordered Knight to receive counselling and pay a $340 fine. He’s due back in court in August for a status check.
via My Antonio
HOUSTON — A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye and told authorities he ate it.
Andre Thomas, 25, was arrested for the fatal stabbings of his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004. Their hearts also had been ripped out. He was convicted and condemned for the infant’s death.
While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled he was competent to stand trial.
A death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and took him to the infirmary.
“”Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it,” agency spokesman Jason Clark said Friday.
Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after the Dec. 9 incident. Then he was transferred and remains at the Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility near Richmond southwest of Houston.
“He will finally be able to receive the mental health care that we had wanted and begged for from day 1,” Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas’ trial attorney, told the Sherman Herald Democrat. “He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one.”
At his trial, defense lawyers also argued he suffered from alcohol and drug abuse. Read more…
With thousands of unheard songs by hip-hop heavyweights Tupac and Snoop Dogg, among others hitting the auction block later this month, fans would think they would have no problem finding buyers, but it seems as if former owner, Suge Knight, is a real turnoff.
New York’s Daily News reports that Knight’s Death Row Records will be going up for sale on January 15 but the label founder’s shady reputation may make it a tough sell. A source tells the paper that, “Some people don’t want to go near the catalog because they think Suge still believes it’s his.”
The former hip-hop mogul was forced to put the music up for sale after filing for bankruptcy in ’06. Authorities have tried unsuccessfully to put the extensive library on the auction block before, but all the prior deals have fell through. As XXLmag.com previously reported, Suge was accused of hiding a portion of Death Row’s catalog from Global Music Group, an indie that tried to buy the West Coast label last year.
Along with Death Row going up for sale, Knight’s Malibu mansion was auctioned off for $4.5 million just last month. The 8,272 square-feet house was built seven years ago and has 9.5 bathrooms, a pool, a spa and mountain and ocean views. It’s estimated value is over $6.2 million.
On the heels of yesterday’s official announcement that the economy is in a recession, Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight may be Hip Hop’s first casualty. The Los Angeles Times reports Knight’s $6.2 million Malibu mansion was recently sold in bankruptcy court for $4.56 million.The sale is likely the last in a financial freefall that began when Knight and Death Row filed for bankruptcy protection in April of 2006. Since then, both Warner and Global Music Group have either claimed ties to or tried to acquire the former home of artists such as Dr. Dre, 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.
Within the last few weeks, Knight has sued Kanye West, accused the Barstow Police Department of stealing a diamond earring and been charged with assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend.
Dr. Dre has filed a lawsuit against Bruce Williams [click to read], author of Rollin’ With Dre: The Unauthorized Account: An Insider’s Tale of the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of West Coast Hip Hop for a sum of $101,377.85.
According to TMZ.com, Dre alleges that he loaned Williams the money, which was never returned.
Williams released the book last march, which detailed his life working alongside the Hip Hop producer. He was described as Dr. Dre’s go-to guy for over 16 years. The book touches on Dre’s personal and professional life, as well as describing some of the more mysterious events in Hip Hop, such as Death Row’s internal operations.
It is, at this point, unclear what Dre’s alleged loan was for ; in Williams’ book, he details a falling out with the
Hip-Hop crooner Nate Dogg has suffered a second stroke, sources have told AllHipHop.com.
While details are sketchy, sources stated that the rapper is in serious condition due to the stroke, which is his second since December 20, 2008.
Sources told AllHipHop.com that at the moment, the famed singer cannot breathe on his own.
The first stroke left Nate Dogg, born Nathaniel Hale, partially paralyzed on the left side of his body, although his brain didn’t suffer any major damage from incident. Read more…
First Suge gets knocked out cold out at an L.A. club, now he’s being forced to sell off his once-mighty Death Row empire.
After filing for bankruptcy in 2006, a judge has ordered that all assets for Death Row be auctioned off to the highest bidder on June 24. That’s some serious stuff, as it includes the rights to all the recordings of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre. The minimum starting bid is a measly $24 mil.
Get your bid in by June 10 if you’re looking for your own original copy of “The Chronic.”
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Death of a Dynasty?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words…well this one says it all! Check the pics of the culprit, the man responsible for putting a LEGEND to bed and they even got pics of Suge and his boys rat-packing the dude.
Death of a Dynasty?
The brawler, who owns a barbershop in L.A., tells us he was playfully arguing with a friend outside the club about money when Suge, who’s also friends with the man, misunderstood and thought it was serious. He stepped up to defend his boy — and that’s when the altercation took place. He also says reports he had a weapon are untrue.
Get this — the barber (he didn’t want us to use his name) is only 5’10″ and weighs 173 lbs. Suge stands 6’3″ and tips the scales at 315 lbs. Dayum!
Source : Baltimore Slim
Apparently, Suge had a rough night in Hollywood. According to TMZ, Suge and a few of is goons got into it with a dude in the club about whatever. One thing led to another, but what can’t be disputed is that Suge got rocked and laid the fuck out! I wonder if this will be a part of his upcoming reality show….
Still recovering from a severe stroke, Cali crooner Nate Dogg has been ordered to leave the guns alone and to take a domestic violence course. This all stems from an incident in 06. Full story at Thug Life Army