20 Ways Dr. Dre's The Chronic Changed Music

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Enter Suge Knight

The Chronic immediately made Death Row's co-founder, Suge Knight, who also co-produced the album, major players. Suge quickly became one of the most powerful—and feared—execs in the biz, and he was a key player in many landmark events to follow. He infamously bailed out Tupac and signed him to Death Row, and he was as major instigator (and maybe worse) of the bloody bicoastal rap feud that helped lead to the deaths of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. And then there are the behind-the-scenes myths, such as Knight hanging Vanilla Ice from a balcony, that people still talk about today. 

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