News: Petey Pablo On His Past Suge Knight Association, "I Was Never Signed To Death Row" [Video]
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 12:40PM
Rapper Petey Pablo has denied past reports that he was signed to rap mogul Suge Knight's renowned Death Row Records.
Despite appearing with Suge in public and on magazine covers like XXL, Petey said he never inked a contract with The Row.
"The media takes things and just runs with it," Pablo told DJ Vlad. "See, I never used to be a real media person -- for the record, I was never signed to Death Row. We never had any paperwork, it was just two guys hanging out with each other. And being in the same company in more than a few places -- I know it appeared that way but it was never that. We were cool, when I deal with people, I just don't deal with them on a business level because business people, we do business together but if we have a personal, that's why we were seen a lot together because we had a personal [relationship]. I would go to his parents' house on the holidays because mine were in Carolina, and at the time I was out there with no family so I would spend the holidays with his mom and dad's house..." (Vlad TV)
Reports suggested Petey was signed to Knight's label toward the start of his career.
Born in Kinston, NC June 17, 1979. Pablo left home aged 13 in 1992 and lived on the streets of Baltimore, and later Raleigh. He was originally signed to Death Row Records, releasing only one track with Crooked I. His life on Death Row was short. Petey Pablo was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina for armed robbery. He also lived in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. (Wikipedia)
Former Death Row artist Crooked I previously spoke on Suge's "bad guy" image.
"Suge taught me a lot," Crooked explained in an interview. "He sat me down with Russell Simmons. He sat me down with Lyor Cohen. He sat me down with LA Reid. He sat me down with the bosses who moved this game...All the bosses, they do it the same kinda way, it's just that they was intimidated by the dude...People get intimidated, I don't blame him for that, I blame the person who's intimidated. Why be intimidated? Okay motherf*cker, that's how you wanna come, this is me coming. I don't blame him, it's like, step up motherf*cker...The industry wants me to bad mouth Suge Knight, they want me to. I don't have sh*t to say bad really like that. I made money on Death Row, it launched me to where I'm at, when I walk into the offices at a record company they respect me because they know what I've been through." (Hip Hop Game)
The rap mogul made headlines last year after being named a possible suspect in a $300,000 robbery.
At about 3:00 AM five men broke into his home with guns and were there to collect a debt on behalf of Suge Knight. They claimed producer Detail owed Suge money, and then proceeded to collect on the debt. They stole $170,000 worth of jewelry from his room. Walker adds they demanded a key to the safe and said they would kill all four people in the house if they didn't get it. The robbers didn't get the key, instead, they took the 130 pound safe. They also took stereo equipment and a key to a Mercedes. A police source tells us it's more like $300,000. (TMZ)
Check out Petey Pablo speaking on Suge Knight below: