Death Row Records founded by Suge Knight and Dr. Drein 1991 in Los Angeles, and is known as one of the biggest names in rap music in the 90s. It led in the gangster rap movement in the early 1990s, with some of the biggest names to be featured on the roster, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and 2 Pac Shakur. Other cannabis-using rappers on the label include: Nate Dogg, Kurrupt, Daz Dillinger, The Dogg Pound, Warren G, DJ Quick and many more.
Over the years, controversy has followed Suge Knight due to his involvement with gangs and violence, he has had many run-ins with the law, and numerous stints in prison. The label faced a tragedy in 1996 when rapper 2 Pac Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas. The killing still remains a mystery.
Cannabis users still recognize two of Death Row’s albums as classics among the cannabis culture, 1992’s The Chronic, Dr. Dre’s solo debut, and 1992’s Doggystyle, which was Snoop Dogg’s solo debut. Both albums are cannabis centric and feature music, lyrics and videos about smoking cannabis regularly, and even growing to sell illicitly on the streets. The Chronic was so popular, the term became part of the vernacular language stoners and pot smokers everywhere began to use for powerful, potent pot.In February, 2022, it was announced that Snoop Dogg had acquired the rights to Death Row Records, and was the new owner. However, as part of the acquisition, Snoop Dogg will not own the rights to albums put out by his fellow rapper and Death Row label mate, Dr. Dre, or the late 2Pac Shakur.