NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 15, 2018 – BET Networks is bringing audiences the definitive story of the most infamous record label in history: Death Row Records. Death Row Chronicles details the unprecedented rise, fall and redemption of Death Row with compelling interviews featuring Death Row insiders including co-founder, Marion "Suge" Knight. Viewers will also have access to never-before-seen archival footage and a firsthand, eye-witness account of Tupac Shakur's murder. Part 1 and 2 kick off the six-part, three-night docu-series Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:00PM ET.
In 1991, mega producer Dr. Dre, Suge Knight and rapper The D.O.C., with support from convicted criminal Michael "Harry-O" Harris, started a record label that put the rap world on notice that hip-hop would no longer be dominated by the East Coast. Dre released the label's first multiplatinum project "The Chronic"; Snoop Dogg followed up with his own multiplatinum debut "Doggystyle"; then Tupac's first record after being released from prison "All Eyez on Me" solidified Death Row's position as the hottest label in the business. In a short time, Death Row skyrocketed into prominence. But their success story began to garner as much attention for its mayhem as it did for its music.
The rise to the top of the music industry was propelled by Suge's Knight's intimidating tactics, included a battle with politician and activist C. Delores Tucker who vied for federal reform to get their music censored, contractual disputes involving Suge Knight and disgruntled artists and gang ties to the street which would prove fatal for Tupac. In the series, viewers will hear an exclusive account of Tupac's murder from an eye-witness inside the shooter's car and previously undisclosed details about the incident discovered during an LAPD-led, joint task force investigation.
With gripping testimony from Suge Knight, artists Kurupt, DJ Quik, Michel'le, Danny Boy and others, in addition to unreleased footage and music from the Death Row vault, this series will take audiences deep inside the history of the renowned label and the legacy it left behind.
Death Row Chronicles is produced by Entertainment One (eOne), which also holds rights to the Death Row Records catalogue, and Creature Films. eOne's Tara Long and John Morayniss serve as executive producers with Creature's Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez as well as showrunner Mario Diaz.
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BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B ), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.