Look At This Short Timeline In Death Row Records' Loaded History

Look At This Short Timeline In Death Row Records History

Look At This Short Timeline In Death Row Records' Loaded History

Here's a few key moments in the successes and tragic moments that Death Row Records has been connected to through the label's history.

Published February 21st

Death Row Records has a long history of signing some of the most popular gangsta rap artists of the '90s. Some would argue that Death Row popularized gangsta rap music. Below you can find a brief history of the record label's roster and a few pivotal moments in the label's success. 

  1. 1991
    Suge Knight and Petey Pablo (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
    (Photo: L. Cohen/WireImage)

    Death Row Records is formed by Marion "Suge" Knight, almost immediately becoming a success. 

  2. 1992
    (Photo: Death Row Records)
    (Photo: Death Row Records)

    After breaking ties with N.W.A., Dr. Dre signs to Suge Knight's record label to produce his first solo album, The Chronic, which heavily featured his protege Snoop Dogg and the core roster of artists. 

  3. 1993
    (Photo: Death Row Records)
    (Photo: Death Row Records)

    Waiting his time, Snoop Dogg releases his debut album, Doggystyle, adding the success of the label. 

  4. 1995
    Tupac Shakur (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
    (Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage)

    Charismatic newbie Tupac signs a record deal and joins the ranks of the Death Row family.

  5. 1996
    NEW YORK - AUGUST 3:  Rapper Dr. Dre backstage at the Source Awards which were held at Madison Square Garden on August 3, 1995 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

    Dr. Dre leaves Death Row amid a great deal of controversy, not taking any of his music with him. 

  6. 1996
    NEW YORK - JULY 23:  (L-R) Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for a portrait at Club Amazon on July 23, 1993 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

    On September 7, 1996, Tupac was gunned down in a drive-by shooting — a huge loss for the hip-hop community. 

  7. 2001
    Lisa "Lefteye" Lopez from TLC arriving at the MTV 20th Anniversary party, "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal" at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on 8/1/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
    (Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect)

    Suge Knight signs TLC member Lisa "Lefteye" Lopez to Death Row Records ushering in a new generation of Death Row artists. She assumes the name N.I.N.A (New Identity Not Applicable) and her second solo album gets canceled due to her untimely death in 2002. 

  8. 2006
    LAS VEGAS - MAY 03:  Suge Knight portraits on May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
    (Photo: Denise Truscello/WireImage)

    Both Suge Knight and Death Row Records file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

  9. 2009
    (Photo: Death Row Records)
    (Photo: Death Row Records)

    In January 2009, Death Row is auctioned off to entertainment development company WIDEawake for only $18.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Jim Smeal/WireImage)

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