New Death Row Records Opens Snoop Dogg and Tupac Vaults
In January Toronto-based WIDEawake Entertainment Group acquired a bankrupt Death Row Records -- the iconic hip-hop label created by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight in the early 90s -- with the intent to reissue music from its vaults. One of the first orders of agenda for the recently re-launched label is 'The Lost Sessions Vol. 1,' an album's worth of unreleased Snoop Dogg material due this fall. 'The Lost Sessions Vol. 1,' will feature never-before-heard Snoop tracks recorded during the Long Beach rapper's initial days on Death Row. Guest apperances on the album include K-C & JoJo, Nate Dogg and Dr. Dre.
Death Row CEO, Lara Lavi, is also readying a new album of unreleased music from another one of Death Row's finest, the late Tupac Shakur, for 2010. With a new Death Row Films division in the works, Lavi told AllHipHop.com that the label will include unreleased video footage of Tupac in conjunction with the new tracks.
"We're trying to put if out as part of our birthday celebration of Tupac," Lavi said. Tupac would have turned 39 this coming June. "It isn't just the music, what's happened in the course of this whole exercise is so many people have come out of the woodwork for video content that no-one's ever seen before and suggestions for playlists, etc. The fans have been wonderful. The release will include a huge DVD of unreleased, never before seen video also."
Snoop Dogg's 'The Lost Sessions Vol. 1' will hit stores on October 13th. The rapper was recently named Creative Chairman of Priority Records, and plans to release his tenth studio album 'Malice N Wonderland' in December.