Does Dr. Dre still own his 1992 “The Chronic” LP?
Snoop Dogg recently acquired Death Row Records and the albums under its control. However, several outlets, including Complex, clarified that the deal did not include albums by Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre.
It was originally reported that Snoop Dogg was already in possession of Dr. Dre’s album – but that wasn’t the real case at all.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, the ‘I Need a Doctor’ hitmaker’s attorney said the rapper still owns his classic G-funk.
“There are false reports regarding Death Row’s ownership of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Dr. Dre owns 100% of The Chronic,” said Dr. Dre’s attorney, Howard King.
Although “The Chronic” is still under the control of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg has already acquired an impressive catalog of LPs during his purchase in Death Row, including “Doggystyle”, “Tha Doggfather” and “Dogg Food”.
Why Snoop Dogg’s Death Row Deal Doesn’t Include Tupac, Dr. Dre’s LPs
As of press time, Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” is expected to be back by 2023. The album will soon make Snoop Dogg the top-selling artist on the Death Row label.
It’s currently the biggest seller in the catalog, earning 169,000 album units in 2021 alone.
Meanwhile, Tupac’s “All Eyez On Me” and “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” are no longer under the label. The two albums, which achieved 393,000 and 66,000 sales, appear on Interscope Records.
Sources told Billboard that these albums were still being negotiated since, for example, Tupac’s albums were still under the MNRK Music Group and Blackstone.
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Snoop Dogg, however, has since expressed his desire to reclaim Tupac’s Death Row albums after they were delisted in January. He said he was confident he would be able to bring them back to their original home now that he has power over the label.
“As far as 2Pac’s masters go, 2Pac’s masters came back to him last year. But I’ve had a great relationship with his estate, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to find a solution. .. to continue. Row 2Pac now that Snoop Dogg controls Death Row,” he said.
In a similar update, Snoop Dogg also aims to be the “metaverse’s first major” by turning Death Row into an NFT record label.
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