Celebrity BFFs -- Dr. Dre and Suge Knight

Celebrity BFFs -- Dr. Dre and Suge Knight

Halle Berry’s latest film,”Things We Lost in the Fire,” opens in theatres today.

Published October 19, 2007

Death Row Halle Berry’s latest film,”Things We Lost in the Fire,” opens in theatres today. We conclude our look at Celebrity BFFs who once upon a time were close, but either voluntarily or invountarily, have gone their separate ways.

Dr. Dre and Suge Knight

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How long were they friends?: The two men met in 1991 when unhappy with his compensation following the phenomonal success N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton," Dr. Dre, with the assistance of Suge Knight, was released from his contract with Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. The following year, the two men formed Death Row Records and Dre released his classic album, "The Chronic." The rest is history.

What tore them apart?: After the success of both "The Chronic" and Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle," things began to come apart at the seams of successful label. Amidst a contract dispute and growing concerns that Knight was corrupt, financially dishonest and out of control, Dre left Death Row Records in 1996. In an interview with The Source shortly after his departure, Dr. Dre alluded to incidents such as Knight's beating of an engineer as pivotal in his decision to leave.

Things Lost in the Fire?: The destruction of one of the hip-hops most successful labels which included artists such as Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Dre. The senseless feud with Bad Boys Records artist The Notorious B.I.G. and Sean "Puff-Daddy" Combs brought a dark cloud over the hip-hop music industry, which later resulted in the deaths of both Shakur and Christopher Wallace.

Who Came Out Ahead?: Clearly Dr. Dre. In 1997, Dre formed Aftermath Records and solidified his legacy by discovering and producing Eminem who then in turn signed 50 Cent, who Dre also later produced. Knight has spent the past ten years constantly in legal trouble and has been in jail several times. I guess Dre had a point after all when he left Death Row about Knight!

What would the legacy of hip-hop been if these two could have managed to stay together?

Written by BET-Staff


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