Back in September 1996, one of the first things that came to mind after hearing about Tupac being shot was that Dre had left the label just in time. The East/West feuding was out of control and Suge seemed to have taken complete control of the label anyway. So Dre took his share, set up a new label and hasn’t looked back since. In this interview, he seems to have the same piece of mind he gained when he first left Eazy-E and Ruthless Records. The more things change, the more they stay the same, I guess. I’m assuming that he never really wanted to focus on the business of the music industry since he was always a perfectionist that put all his efforts into the music first. But being forced to own his own label turned out to be the best move he ever made. Dre initially wanted to name the label Black Market Records but the owner of that label (based in the Bay Area, I think) turned down the $100,000 offer to give up the name. I’m sure he or she has been depressed since that day. A few questions:
Was his first album on the label (Dr. Dre Presents…The Aftermath) the right move, in your opinion?
Do you think Suge really attempted to hurt or ‘kill’ Dre for leaving Death Row?
Why didn’t he buy back Death Row Records when it was sold through bankruptcy?
De La Soul – Stakes Is High (4 mics)
Heltah Skeltah – Nocturnal (3.5 mics)
Uncle Luke – Uncle Luke (3 mics)
MC Breed – To the Beat Ch’All (3 mics)
Wessyde Goon Squad – Around the World (2 mics)
Wise Intelligent – Killin’ U…For Fun (3 mics)
Face Mob – The Other Side of the Law (3 mics)
G-Shorties – 44 Wayz (2.5 mics)
Source July 1996 issue
July 1996 fat tape