Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sarcasm on - It's nice when they find God and want to change the world

THIS could be the death of Death Row Records, which launched the West Coast hip-hop sound of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. In an exclusive interview, Marion "Suge" Knight, 42, told Page Six he's ready to pull the plug on the label he founded in 1991. His change of direction occurred after he made two visits to the City of Refuge Church, near his hometown of Compton, near L.A., where preachers Noel Jones and T.D. Jakes eerily gave him the same message. "You've got to be able to let the past go, and move forward to the future," he quoted Jones as saying. Two weeks later, Knight heard Jakes, who was visiting from Texas, say, "You can't keep living in the past. God gives you a chance to move on." Knight says, "They talked about the same thing, and it felt like they were talking straight to me. I don't want to be tied up with this for years. I want to move on with my life in a more positive direction." (***I hope this is true, even though the damage of his message is already done) "My approach to music now is different. I'm not Delores Tucker, but you do have to be careful what you say," observed Knight, who no longer uses the N-word. "We shouldn't be constantly feeding negative energy to these kids," he said. "You can get rich with the devil's money, but you can only be happy with God's money." (***I think the real reason for this change of heart seems to be avoiding a lawsuit that is currently going on) Knight, a 6-foot-4 behemoth who played football for University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been battling in bankruptcy court since Lydia Harris won a $106 million judgment against Death Row by claiming that her crack-dealing husband, Michael, now doing 28 years in prison, co-founded the label and was entitled to a 50 percent stake in it. Knight - who did prison time himself, for attempted murder - gave Harris a check for $1 million several years ago, "but once the money ran out, she sued again," he said. The bankruptcy court wants Knight to keep operating Death Row under Chapter 11 reorganization, but he now wants to liquidate his publishing rights, pay off the creditors, and end his Death Row misery. So will Snoop be singing about the Lord or will he be forced to go to another label?
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