By Paul Russell
11/26/2002 4:15:54 AM
This past year the war has heated up between Death Row (now known as "Tha Row Records) and Snoop's Doggystyle Records. With Snoop badmouthing his former CEO, tension was already built up from the events of 2001 including the Death Row camp going after Tha Eastsidaz at The Source Awards, the Jayo Felony encouraged brawl with Snoop on the set of John Singleton's "Baby Boy," and the pressing of a personal letter Snoop wrote to Suge in Death Row's "Too Gangsta For Radio" compilation along with various diss tracks.
In 2002, the beef elevated to a new level. Snoop told the cops on a local Fox affiliate in Los Angeles that Suge Knight was involved with the murder of Tupac Shakur. Knight took the audio from the news telecast and put it as a skit on Tha Dogg Pound's "2002" release and DPG member Big C Style dissed Snoop calling him a "snitch" on the track.
After all the drama with the news telecast, the West Coast held a Hip Hop Summit in which Suge Knight, argueably the most powerful black CEO of all time, got several rappers, including Tray Deee & The D.O.C. to agree with him in the accusal of distributors cheating artists out of their money. Suge Knight then called out Dre and Snoop publically at the summit for not showing up to the event accusing them of showing no support for the West Coast.
Earlier on this year in Vegas, Snoop Doggy Dogg was promoting his brand new Doggystyle label's roster and new affiliation with MCA/Sony distribution when Suge Knight rolled up with his artists Crooked I, Eastwood, Boo Ya Tribe, and several others and watched Snoop Dogg scamper out of his own personal promotional rally. Crooked I laughed about the incident and described it as Snoop running a marathon in Vegas.
The beef elevated once again as Suge Knight announced the news to the entire world on Hot 97 in New York that Kurupt had signed once again to Death Row/Tha Row Records. While Suge flew to New York, Snoop took shots at Suge through the press and also at his former friend Kurupt. Daz Dillinger also stepped in to diss Kurupt yet Daz had been with the label until April of 2000 and Kurupt had always supported him. With all the havoc that went down, the DPG became heavily seperated after the signing.
BET then held it's annual award show. Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight exchanged words face to face and for a moment the whole world thought they were going to see what looked like a possible brawl. After security stepped in, Suge was told to go sit next to Ja Rule. Suge Knight went on to state that Snoop had a whole entourage of "rent-a-crips" and he backed down to him when he was by himself.
Later on another event occurred. DPG associate Bad Azz, who has stated his beef through magazines and other publications, as well as his failing lawsuits, towards Death Row owner Suge Knight, came in confrontation with Tha Row once again. This time it was in Vegas and Row producers got into a confrontation with Bad Azz and beat him down repeatedly.
Suge Knight's business partners went on to diss Snoop Dogg and DMX on the track "The Pledge Remix." The shoutout to Suge was taken off on the "Irv Gotti Presents...The Remixes" album because artists like Mary J Blige, and Tony Braxton didn't want consumers to think they were involved in the beef. On Ja Rule's latest solo album, "The Last Temptation," the shoutout to Suge is on the track and even after an apparant compromise from Murder Inc. with Snoop Dogg, it's apparant Murder Inc. and Tha Row have biter feelings towards Aftermath and Doggystyle.
Snoop Dogg then decided that it was time to record a cut titled "Pimp Slappd" for his upcoming album. The cut started circulating on mix tapes. The track directly calls out Suge Knight and claims that his artists are just crumbs off of Snoop's plate. The track will be on Snoop's album in stores today. Snoop also disses his former boss on the insert calling him his "number one fan." Suge Knight will r