Crooked I Recalls Dr. Dre & Aftermath Entertainment Trying To Sign Him In '90s

posted Monday April 29 ,2013 at 10:58AM CDT | 22 comments

Crooked I Recalls Dr. Dre & Aftermath Entertainment Trying To Sign Him In '90s

Crooked I reveals that back in 1999, just hours after he announced he was rolling with Death Row Records, Aftermath Entertainment asked to meet with him to discuss business.

Between 1996 and 2000, there was a longstanding feud between the label Dr. Dre co-founded in the early 1990s, and the label he left to launch five years later. Between artists on Death Row Records including Tupac, J. Flexx and Tha Realest taking verbal swipes at Dr. Dre, the Compton, California superstar's former business partner, Marion "Suge" Knight went as far as publicly releasing Dre's residential address on the Too Gangsta For TV documentary, and snatching his anticipated-album's title, Chronic 2000. Quite plausibly, bad blood existed for years between Death Row Records and Aftermath Entertainment.

In a new interview with VladTV, Crooked I reveals that Dr. Dre also attempted to counter with his former label. Recalling the 1999 contract Crooked I signed with Death Row, by way of Daz Dillinger and Big C-Style's short-lived Dogg Pound Records subsidiary, the Long Beach, California emcee revealed, "[Daz Dillinger and Big C-Style] were like, 'Yo, you wanna go fuck with Suge [Knight]?" Crooked I had recently left a deal with Virgin/Noo Trybe Records after several years on the major imprint. "There was nobody there from the old Death Row," Crooked added. "Suge was incarcerated and Daz was like the last man standing over there...everybody was gone." Hours later, Crooked says that he went to a Los Angeles radio station, and during an appearance, announced that he would be joining the notorious label, famed for its releases by Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tupac.

"As soon as I said that], I was signing with Death Row], somebody from Aftermath [Entertainment] called my homie Big C-Style, and said, 'Come over here. Let's talk.' So we went over there and saw [Dr.] Dre. It was my first time really, really, being around Dre—not just a 'Hey, what's up. How you doin'?,' but being inside the studio. We were at Record One, where he records at. [The] D.O.C.'s walkin' around." Crooked adds that Xzibit and King T were also prominent artists affiliated with Aftermath at that time, when Dr. Dre was reportedly wrapping 2001.

"Dre was like, 'I wanna fuck with you, on some level,'" Crooked recalls. "It was a time thing. He was finishing up some albums, and he wanted me to kick back and just wait." The Slaughterhouse emcee adds, "I was actually on the King T [Thy Kingdom Come] album. They put me on the King T album, which was never released."

After leaving his Aftermath meeting, Crooked I went to meet with then-incarcerated Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight in northern California. "I went to go see Suge, so I could weigh out my options. And Suge just offered me a gigantic check."

In turn, Crooked I would sign with Death Row, where he would remain as an artist nearly seven years. While appearing on remixes and soundtracks, the label never released a Crooked I album while he was signed to the label. In 2006, Crooked released a documentary, Life After Death Row. Under new ownership, the label would release recordings from his label tenure in 2010, as Hood Star.

Today, Crooked I's group Slaughterhouse, is signed to Shady/Interscope Records, which shares a lot of business staff with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.

The full interview is below:

RELATED: Crooked I Says Death Row Records Still Owes Him $1 Million

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  • Art Brooks
    Crooked I be the best freestyler around now-a-days
  • dentaldamboy
    he looks really pretty to me what a sweet and graceful soul this man has
  • Anonymous
    crooked i and the whole team flopped
  • Anonymous
    in my opinion dre made to many bad moves and fucked hip hop up
  • slanted eyes
    Crooked I is number one in North Korea.
  • zivaldo
    It's just amazing that this guy has been in the game this long and has not released a single solo album. Incredible. There's rappers out there with half the talent going on album number four or five. Crook has to have some of the worst business sense in hip hop history.
    • Anonymous
      by the time he finally puts one out its gonna sell like 6000 copies like papoose
  • ky
    !!! wtf the places crook would've gone if he would've signed to aftermath! Just doesn't make sense to me that a great fucking lyricist like crook doesnt' have a single studio album. respect for his decision tho
  • COLE WORLD - BORN SINNER JUNE 25TH
    LMAO WORST DECISION HES EVER MADE!!!!!! LOLOLOL
    • foreal
      you cant really say that. if he was low on funds at the time he meet suge, it makes sense to take the money.
  • Anonymous
    How old is this nigga??
    • Anonymous
      50 in hip hop years.
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  • Anonymous
    who is thus nigga?
  • Anonymous
    Even if he signed with Dre, he probably would have never had his albums released like Death Row did with his first 2 albums.
  • Fuck Long Beach
    West Coast niggas are retarted that's a known fact. I'm so glad to be born and raised in Flatbush.
    • Anonymous
      West Coast niggas may be kinda dumb but they're nowhere near as retarded as Down South niggas. By the way, you spelled 'retarded' wrong.
    • Anonymous
      Flatbush isn't Down South though
  • Anonymous
    I recall when Dr. Dre used to put out records. Now he's just a parody of himself.
    • ...?
      I remember when you... Nope, I don't remember you doing anything.
    • Anonymous
      A rich parody.