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March 22: Dr. Dre Leaves Death Row Records (1996)

March 22 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Dr. Dre Leaves Death Row Records. The departure was announced via Chuck Philips over at LA Times

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On This Date In Hip-Hop, Dr. Dre leaves Death Row Records. The departure was announced via Chuck Philips over at #LATimes Dr Dre and Suge Knight put up a reported $250,000 to start Death Row in 1992.

In a move that will reorder the architecture of the rap music business, rap star Dr. Dre, the top producer in the booming hip-hop music market, is splitting with Death Row Records, the controversial record label he co-founded four years ago with partner Suge Knight. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, will launch a new label, as yet unnamed, that will be funded in part and distributed by Westwood-based Interscope Records, according to sources. Dre, 30, will be chief executive and produce records exclusively for the new label.

Chuck Phillips, L.A. Times (1996)

Below: As Rick Clifford tells it… Dre left because he felt he was losing his creative control. [5:40 mark]

Also: How did it come to this? Suge was instrumental in getting Dr. Dre out of a bad deal where he was making .02 per album over at Ruthless.

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