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Dr. Dre Leaves Death Row

Year: 1996
Original Label: Death Row
New Label: Aftermath Entertainment

Why They Left: In the '90s, Death Row ran hip-hop and released some of the best rap music ever recorded, including Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle. However, over time Dr. Dre became disillusioned with Suge Knight's strong arm business tactics that were even more ruthless than Dre's former label. Dre decided to leave the Death Row and it wasn't a moment too soon. It might have hurt his feelings to get dissed by 2Pac, but before long 'Pac would be shot dead and a year after that Suge Knight would get hit with racketeering charges.

Career After They Left: Dr. Dre started his own label, Aftermath Entertainment which was distributed by Interscope Records. The label got off to a rough start when Dre dropped the lackluster Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath. People began to count Dre out, but by the end of the decade he found a talented white boy named Marshall Mathers and his career reignited. Since releasing his classic 2001 in 1999, Dre's career has soared as he's helped create classic albums for Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar with Aftermath Entertainment.

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