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#FM Trends: Hasbro Toys Buys Death Row Records

#FM Trends: Hasbro Toys Buys Death Row Records

Say What?? Hasbro Toys Purchases Death Row Records!

This might be the most absurd article ever. A kid friendly toy company buys a “gangsta rap catalog”. Apart of a $4B deal, Death Row was a throw in as Hasbro bought British company Entertainment One. Weirdly enough, Entertainment One produces animated kids shows like “Peppa Pig” and “PJ Masks”. It also owned the label. Entertainment One acquired the label in 2013 for $280 Million. Hasbro got one of the most iconic music label ever in a throw-in with some cartoons. Wow!

Death Row Records: The Mighty have Fallen

Death Row had Dr.Dre, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, The D.O.C, Nate Dogg and many more. Suge Knight was the CEO and literally the boogieman of hip hop. They controlled a genre of music with classic songs and albums. Doggystyle from Snoop, The Chronic from Dr.Dre, and All Eyez On Me from 2Pac are legendary albums. The death of 2pac and the departures of Snoop and Dre left a void in the label. Suge would run into financial and legal problems. The label would file for bankruptcy in 2006. Then it would be auctioned off to WIDEawake Entertainment for $18 Million in 2009.

The Legacy of Death Row Records

The impact of the label is still being felt today. Dr. Dre is one of the most wealthy men in hip hop today.  Snoop Dogg is a legend, who has aged gracefully. 2pac is looked as a mythological figure. He is revered in hip hop today. Countless documentaries and interviews are always about the late rapper. Suge Knight as well has been featured in many media productions about the highs and lows of Death Row. Bad Boy, Ruff Ryders, Murder Inc. and etc., can all have anniversary concerts and reunions to relive their glory days. Death Row just gets sold and passed on and now its owned by the company that made Mr. Potato Head.

Sources: New York Post/ YouTube

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August 29th, 2019

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