During a recent interview, former Death Row artist, Crooked I revealed that immediately after inking his deal with Death Row Records, he was invited to meet with Aftermath Entertainment to discuss a possible deal with them.
Anyone that was around Hip Hop during the mid to late 1990’s, knows that there was an intense feud between the two confounding partners of Death Row Records, Marion “Suge” Knight and Dr. Dre. Five years after helping start Death Row, Dre decided that it was time to strike out on his own, so he left death row and started After Entertainment via Interscope Records. This move drew the ire of a number of Death Row executives and artist, such as Suge Knight, Tupac, Tha Realest, and J. Flexx; all taking dead aim at Dre on their perspective singles and in interviews. Suge Knight even went as far as releasing Dre’s personal address on the “Too Gangsta for TV” documentary.
During a recent interview with VladTV, Crooked I revealed that Dr. Dre tried to sign him literally hours after he inked his deal with Death Row.
“Daz Dillinger and Big C-Style were like, ‘Yo, you wanna go fuck with Suge? There was nobody there from the old Death Row,” Crooked added. “Suge was incarcerated and Daz was like the last man standing over there…everybody was gone.”
The rappers says that as soon as the word got out that he was signing with Suge and Death Row, he was contacted with a counter from Aftermath.
“As soon as I said that], I was signing with Death Row], somebody from Aftermath called my homie Big C-Style, and said, ‘Come over here. Let’s talk.’ So we went over there and saw Dre. It was my first time really, really, being around Dre—not just a ‘Hey, what’s up. How you doin’?,’ but being inside the studio. We were at Record One, where he records at. D.O.C.’s walkin’ around.”