Suge Knight Talks "Doggystyle" 20 Years Later, Recalls Russell Simmons' Attempt at Signing Snoop Dogg

Suge Knight Talks "Doggystyle" 20 Years Later, Recalls Russell Simmons' Attempt at Signing Snoop DoggImage via Suge Knight on Facebook

In a rare interview Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight spoke with Rolling Stone about the making of Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Knight touches on the impact the project had, as well as his relationship with Snoop during their successful run together in the '90s. "I owe a lot of credit, and a lot of other people owe a lot of credit, because if Snoop's not gonna hit the road with me and hit all those spots, I couldn't have did it," he says. "I'm the business man. I'm not the artist, I'm not the talent."

Suge also reveals that Russell Simmons attempted to sign Snoop Dogg to Def Jam Records right from under his nose. "Russell went to Snoop and flew him to New York and said, 'I want to do a deal with you for Doggystyle,'" he recalls. "They figured if they could work it out with Snoop, they could work it out with Jimmy [Iovine], and where that leave me?" Suge says he took matters into his own hands from there. "We had to go out there and literally smash them. If not, they'd take your shit. I still give Snoop the credit; he still sat down with Death Row and we made it happen."

Read the full interview here.

[via Rolling Stone]

RELATED: 13 West Coast Rappers Talk About Their Favorite Song On Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle"  
RELATED: Snoop Dogg Talks About the Kendrick Lamar GQ Story and Death Row Comparisons
RELATED: Man Down: Taking Stock of the TDE vs. GQ Rift

Stay Connected with
Complex Music
Tags: suge-knight, snoop-dogg
blog comments powered by Disqus