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Welcome to Death Row (2001)

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The true story of the rise and fall of Death Row Records.





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Credited cast:
Frank Alexander ...
Himself - Tupac Shakur's Bodyguard
Sam Gideon Anson ...
Himself - Investigative Reporter: L.A. Weekly
Himself (archive footage)
Lamont Blumfield ...
Himself - Artist Manager: Kurupt
John 'B.J.' Bryant ...
Himself - Former Security Officer: Death Row Records (as BJ)
Hank Caldwell ...
Himself - Former President: Death Row Records
Jonathan Clark ...
Himself - Former Executive: Motown Records
Himself - CEO: Bad Boy Records (archive footage) (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)
The D.O.C. ...
Himself - The D.O.C.
Ton Def ...
Himself - Rap Artist
Himself - Rap Artist
Himself - U.S. Senator (archive footage)
Himself - Rap Artist / Producer
Eazy-E ...
Himself - Member of NWA (archive footage) (as Eazy E)
Flipside ...
Himself - Rap Artist


The true story of the rise and fall of Death Row Records.

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It Started in Compton. It Ended in Infamy.


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25 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Act 1, Canio from "I Pagliacci"
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They don't mince words or hide the truth in this one
26 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a true documentary (no frills, no filler) depicting the reasons behind the rise and fall of one of the most influential record labels in music history. Death Row Records started out as the brainchild of a few players in the local LA Rap Scene, and at its peak, it was a legitimate force in business, politics, media and entertainment on a national scale. The documentary is captivating because it only focuses on the footage, accounts, memories and thoughts of those who were central figures in the company and industry at the time. In the early and mid-90's, gangsta rap, east coast/west coast feuds, Biggie and 2Pac, drugs, rap music videos, and multi-platinum hip-hop records became extremely profitable and recognizable byproducts of pop culture -- and Death Row Records was at the center of it all. Kudos to the director and producers for never getting sidetracked as they allow those who were involved (from Dre to Snoop to 2Pac to Suge to writers to security guards) to tell it like it was.

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