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August 9, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hip-hop producer and composer Delmar Arnaud, known in the rap world as "Daz Dillinger," has sued Death Row Records, alleging the record label and its controversial founder, Marion "Suge" Knight, cheated Arnaud out of more than $1 million. "Death Row and Suge Knight exploited Daz shamelessly," says the lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court. "They collected tens of millions of dollars in record sales and royalties. They violated agreement after agreement. . . .
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September 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested by Los Angeles police Wednesday morning after being pulled over for a traffic violation, officials said. The former head of Death Row Records was pulled over about 12:30 a.m. near Beverly Hills, said LAPD officer Drake Madison. He declined to say what the alleged traffic violation was. A records check showed Knight was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and police took him into custody. He was booked into county jail and released before 4 a.m. on $20,000 bail, records show.
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July 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Death Row Records, the hip-hop label that released seminal gangster rap albums by Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, has been auctioned for $24 million. New York-based Global Music Group Inc. said Monday that it had purchased Death Row, including its enviable back catalog and current artist contracts. The purchase concluded the roller-coaster saga of one of hip-hop's most famous labels.
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March 17, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy and Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Hip-hop singer Nate Dogg, who along with Snoop Dogg and Warren G is credited with crafting the blend of singing and rapping now known as G-funk, has died. He was 41. Nate Dogg, who was born Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday at a Laguna Niguel care facility of complications from multiple strokes, said his attorney, Mark Geragos. By lending his gruff baritone vocals to ubiquitous hooks on hits by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Warren G, Nate Dogg rose to prominence along with the West Coast rap scene that was brewing in the early 1990s.
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July 3, 1997
The ownership of Death Row Records was challenged in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday when a judge ordered the rap label's founder Marion "Suge" Knight to turn over documents to a team of his former associates. Judge Gregory O'Brien's ruling stems from a $75-million lawsuit filed last year by rap entrepreneurs Dick Griffey and Tracy Curry, who claim they helped launch the company in 1991 but were pushed out by Knight and his former partner Andre "Dr. Dre" Young.
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November 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
She has never released a record or performed in concert, but everybody in the music business is talking about an 18-year-old singer named Gina Longo. Longo, whose stage name is simply Gina, is at the center of the latest controversy surrounding Death Row Records, whose owner Marion "Suge" Knight is in County Jail for possible probation violations.
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October 17, 2002 | Jose Cardenas, Times Staff Writer
A former Death Row Records employee was shot to death Wednesday as he sat in his parked vehicle at Imperial Highway and Vermont Avenue, police and music industry sources said. Henry Smith, 33, is the third associate of Death Row chief Marion "Suge" Knight to be gunned down in recent years. Smith had worked as a graphic artist for the record company, designing the firm's logo, a hooded man in an electric chair.
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January 2, 2008 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
A jailed drug dealer and his bankrupt wife allegedly duped a Los Angeles judge to obtain a $130-million default ruling against Death Row Records chief Marion "Suge" Knight, according to a legal motion expected to be the focus of a hearing today in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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September 26, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The FBI is probing Death Row Records, the leading independent rap music label where rapper Tupac Shakur recorded his last songs, for links to street gangs and drug trafficking, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. Federal authorities began investigating the 4-year-old company and some of its officers months before Shakur was fatally wounded in a Sept. 7 shooting in Las Vegas, according to sources familiar with the probe.
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June 23, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A key witness in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful-death suit denied Wednesday that he had offered sworn testimony that a rival record label employed a rogue Los Angeles police officer who allegedly orchestrated the rapper's 1997 murder. The family of B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, had called Kevin Hackie, a former Death Row Records bodyguard and onetime FBI informant, to testify that then-LAPD Officer David A. Mack worked security or in another "covert capacity" for the L.A.
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August 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Trustees in the bankruptcy of Death Row Records asked a judge to let them seek new buyers for the rap label, saying that the winning bidder in a June auction, Global Music Group Inc., had failed to close the $24-million deal. The two trustees also asked the Los Angeles bankruptcy judge to order Global Music Group to stop saying it had the "exclusive" rights to purchase Death Row's assets. Partners in Global Music Group who were fighting among themselves for control of Death Row Records said Aug. 13 they had reached a truce and would work together to close the sale after missing a July 23 deadline.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Death Row Records, the hip-hop label that released seminal gangster rap albums by Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, has been auctioned for $24 million. New York-based Global Music Group Inc. said Monday that it had purchased Death Row, including its enviable back catalog and current artist contracts. The purchase concluded the roller-coaster saga of one of hip-hop's most famous labels.
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January 2, 2008 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
A jailed drug dealer and his bankrupt wife allegedly duped a Los Angeles judge to obtain a $130-million default ruling against Death Row Records chief Marion "Suge" Knight, according to a legal motion expected to be the focus of a hearing today in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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March 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A judge said Thursday that Death Row Records would be placed in receivership unless label founder Marion "Suge" Knight appeared at a debtor hearing next month. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian ruled in a lawsuit by an imprisoned drug dealer seeking half of a $107-million award to the inmate's ex-wife, who said that she helped start the rap record empire and that Knight owed her the money.
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November 27, 2005 | SWATI PANDEY
1. Which of the following words is not in the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary? a) bling-bling b) ghetto fabulous c) floss (show off) d) phat -- 2. Which major city claims to have the first "hip-hop mayor"? a) St. Louis b) Detroit c) Atlanta d) Palm Springs -- 3. In 2001, Suge Knight renamed his Death Row Records label. What is the company now known as? a) Death Records b) Life in Prison Records c) Tha Row Records d) Really, I'm Innocent Records -- 4.
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July 8, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The LAPD deliberately hid witness statements tying corrupt police to the slaying of Notorious B.I.G., a federal judge said Thursday in granting a mistrial and potentially lucrative attorney fees to the rapper's family. U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, in a written order upholding an earlier oral ruling, said the family's wrongful-death case had been hopelessly disrupted by the Los Angeles Police Department's concealment of a jailhouse informant's statements.
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August 16, 1995 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first public breach between Time Warner Inc. and Interscope Records, the controversial Westwood-based company filed a lawsuit Tuesday against rap critic C. DeLores Tucker, accusing her of scheming with Time Warner to take the sting out of Interscope's rap music. Interscope distributes music by Death Row Records, home to Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, and has repeatedly come under fire in recent months by Tucker and others who have called on Time Warner to sever ties with the label.
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September 1, 1997 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no doubt that Michael "Harry O" Harris has entrepreneurial instincts. Growing up in a Los Angeles neighborhood he calls "the low bottom," he became one of the region's most notorious crack dealers before he was arrested and sent to prison in 1987. Since being in prison, he has decided that his real talents lie in the entertainment business.
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July 7, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge declared a mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful-death suit Wednesday, ruling with attorneys for the rapper's family who had accused Los Angeles police of intentionally withholding papers tying rogue officers to the rapper's murder. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper informed lawyers for the city and for the family of Christopher Wallace, who was known as Notorious B.I.G., of her decision in a conference call Tuesday.
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June 28, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Then-Los Angeles Police Officer Rafael Perez was moonlighting as a security guard for Death Row Records at a music industry party that rapper Notorious B.I.G. attended just before his 1997 slaying, according to a jailhouse informant. The rapper's family is trying to show that the slaying was orchestrated by Perez's onetime partner, LAPD Officer David Mack, who subsequently was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
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