Yesterday, Rolling Stone released an interview with Suge Knight where the former CEO of Death Row Records discussed Snoop Dogg's classic debut album Doggystyle as well as the atmosphere of the music industry during the early '90s. The outtakes of the interview have now been released by writer (and Complex contributor) Paul Cantor.
Suge Knight shares his feelings on the rise of Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, who he considers a student of Death Row. "Anybody from Compton, that’s pretty much saying they’re a Death Row artist," he says. It's an interesting parallel considering Lamar's record label CEO, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, was compared to Suge Knight in the recent GQ cover story which caused quite a bit of commotion. For what it's worth, former Death Row artist Snoop Dogg doesn't agree with the comparison.
Suge Knight also brings up how he helped Diddy (then Puff Daddy) and The Notorious B.I.G. with Ready to Die by sharing the samples used on Dr. Dre's The Chronic free of charge. "When they did the Biggie album, I helped them with that fucking record," he says. I let Puff use every [The Chronic] sample on [Ready to Die], the hottest record of all time, and didn’t charge them. To show some love. Like here. It ain’t shit."
Read the rest of the outtakes here.
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