Today In Hip-Hop: Dr. Dre Announces Departure From Death Row

On this day, March 20th, in hip-hop history... 1996: Dr. Dre parts ways with Death Row Records. The infamous West Coast label was founded in 1991 by Dre and Suge Knight, then the owner of a music publishing company. Prior to Death Row, Dre had been singed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records as a part of the group N.W.A. Frustrated with Eazy and N.W.A.'s manager Jerry Heller's business practices, Dre linked up with Knight to start Death Row, with Knight reportedly using strong-arm tactics to appropriate the contracts of Dre, rapper the D.O.C. and singer Michel'le. Beginning in 1992 with the release of ...

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