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Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records

Posted Mar 29 2006

A less than flattering look at one of the most influential record labels in music history.

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A less than flattering look at one of the most influential record labels in music history. “Have Gun” critically analyzes how the label came to be, who the key players were, and how things fell apart so quickly. Ro places Death Row in the context of the music industry, as well as society, at large revealing a complex web of relationships involving high-powered music executives, law enforcement officials, politicians, and the media. Death Row made millions of dollars off of music promoting sexism and violence in the African-American community, but who really benefited in the end? Suge Knight was imprisoned, Tupac was dead, and the most popular artists left the label. What happened to the high-powered lawyers and executives who were involved with Death Row’s existence? An easy, insightful read for anyone interested in the music industry, popular culture, and hip hop.

 

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