All Def Music: Record Label Transformations

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  • Gucci Mane, Brick Squad
  • Wu Tang Clan, Loud Records
  • Ruffhouse Records
  • Romeo
  • Snoop, Death Row Records
  • Russell Simmons
  • Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation
  • Priority Records
  • Maybach Music Group
  • The Inc.
  • YMCMB, Cash Money Records

Death Row Records Gets Auctioned Off

Responsible for the larger-than-life careers of Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and most notably Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Death Row Records, founded in 1991, was the place to be in the early ‘90s. Unfortunately, the label never fully recovered from the Pac's death, and Suge Knight's incarceration (even though he tried to operate it from behind bars). Ultimately, The Row filed for bankruptcy in 2006. In 2009, entertainment development company WIDEawake Entertainment Group, Inc. bought the label at an auction for $18 million, and attempted to revive it with releases from its vault (like Snoop Doggy Dogg —Death Row the Lost Sessions Vol 1), but that company ended up filing for bankruptcy as well.

(Photos from left: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Death Row Records)

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