News: Death Row Records Roll Into Movie Industry, Shoots For "Boyz N The Hood" Related Films

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009 5:59PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Death Row Records has announced plans to venture into the movie industry with the launch of Death Row Films and upcoming Sons 2 the Grave project.

While filming for the project, which stars Tonya Lee Williams and Dorian Harewood, is not set to begin fliming until October, Death Row CEO Lara Lavi expressed her aim with the new film venture and spoke on the movie.

"This film embodies what we're trying to do with Death Row, to tell human stories that don't always have happy endings, and that allow us to learn from violence and disenfranchised lives, but not glorify it," she said in an interview. "We're looking at film properties that relate to Boyz n the Hood-type stories, and to power the films with Death Row music." (The Hollywood Reporter)

Former Death Row Records artist Daz Dillinger recently spoke on his issues with the label and called out their unacceptable business offer.

"What's up y'all, it's D-a-to the motherf*cking-z," Daz said in a video. "Checking out the promotion for this new Death Row sh*t. You know, we met with it but we didn't come to an agreement. They tried to play us with short change. But it's good to see y'all put the music out 'cause y'all ain't doing nothing but promoting us. The more you drop, the more we do on-stage. The more we live off of that sh*t. Take y'all ideas and flip the script on y'all motherf*ckers...I see all the music, she tried to make the deal with us, something scandalous, but then the family -- y'all motherf*ckers inherited a straight curse. I want y'all to hurry up and get y'all business together so we can get our royalties -- I wanna see y'all put out a Dogg Pound album. Not the old sh*t, all the sh*t that y'all got is old. We heard that sh*t already, it's new to y'all 'cause they just dropped it on your front yard. So you know, holla at us when you get stuck between a hard rock and some sh*t. [knock, knock] Don't call us." (Daz Dilly TV)

Development company WIDEawake, which purchased Death Row Records earlier this year, recently signed a deal with music publisher EverGreen to sell unreleased music from the label.

In addition, Death Row is expected to generate a number of new releases in the near future, like a new album of unreleased Tupac material to commemorate the rapper's June 2010 birthday. The as-yet-untitled album will be distributed by E-1 stateside and EMI overseas. Other forthcoming releases include a collector's edition re-release of The Chronic Re-Lit, slated for a September 1, 2009 street date. The album will feature four bonus tracks - all unreleased master from Death Row - plus a DVD with never before seen video footage of Dr. Dre and other artists. WIDEawake/Death Row will also release several box sets this holiday season, including a four CD collection of previously unreleased Death Row. (Billboard)

EverGreen co-CEO David Schulhof also confirmed the partnership earlier this year.

"After purchasing the Death Row catalog in January, WIDEawake began looking for a partner to help monetize their rights," Schulhof explained. "We already had a relationship through the estate of Tupac Shakur; WIDEawake was looking for an exclusive boutique company to help focus on licensing in the film, television, video game and ad world; and because we own the catalogs of Tupac and 2 Live Crew and Teddy Riley and others, they knew we already had experience in the genre. So, it just felt like the obvious choice for them to partner up with us for Death Row." (Statement)

Check out Daz Dillinger's Death Row Records rant below:

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