Who Owns Death Row Records Now?



Death Row Records was the bees-knees in the record industry during most of the 90s releasing multi-platinum albums such as.

  • The Chronic (3x)

  • Doggystyle (4x)

  • Above The Rim (2x)

  • Murder Was The Case (2x)

  • Dogg Food (2x)

  • All Eyez On Me (5x)

  • Makaveli (4x)

  • Tha Doggfather (2x)

  • Gridlock'd (1x)

  • Gang Related (2x)

  • 2Pac - Greatest Hits (10x)

  • Until The End of Time (3x)

  • Better Dayz (2x)

At their peak, Death Row was pulling in an excess of 100 million dollars per year. Then they went broke on April 4, 2006, when Suge Knight and Death Row both filed for bankruptcy in response to a court order to acquire and auction off their assets (including the label itself). Everything in their office was taken including the infamous Death Row Chair which went for $2500 at the auction. 

The infamous Death Row Records chair was seized from their offices in 2006

The infamous Death Row Records chair was seized from their offices in 2006

On January 15, 2009, Death Row was auctioned off to a Canadian indie company called WIDEawake Entertainment. They continued to release unreleased material from the vaults including music from Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Danny Boy, and Crooked I. The most notable release was 2009's The Chronic Re-Lit which included a remastered version of the original plus seven bonus songs from Snoop Dogg, CPO, Kurupt, Jewell as well as a DVD containing various Dr. Dre music videos, a mini-movie featuring Snoop Dogg as well as a 1992 television commercial for The Chronic.

On 10 December 2012, the company that owned WIDEawake went bankrupt and Death Row changed hands again, this time ending up with huge entertainment distribution company Entertainment One who acquired the music library assets of Death Row for $6 million dollars.

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Alexander Ramalho