Death Row Records is now owned by... Hasbro?!

You Really Can't Make This Up...

Death Row Records, the infamous '90s hip hop powerhouse which at one point boasted a roster featuring Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and MC Hammer, has been acquired by toy and games giant Hasbro.

The shock move comes after Hasbro, in a bid to own the Peppa Pig and PJ Masks franchises, splashed out a ludicrous US $4 billion to purchase the massive Canadian firm Entertainment One, who purchased an exclusive stake in Death Row Records catalogue back in 2013 for $280 million after the label was forced into bankruptcy in 2006.

 

This essentially puts the roster's classic releases, including Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Tupac's All Eyez On Me and Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle under the same owners of Power Rangers, Transformers, My Little Pony, Mr. Potato Head and Monopoly, which probably makes for one of the strangest acquisitions we've ever heard of. 

 

 

Death Row Records was founded back in 1991 by Dr. Dre, Suge Knight and Michael 'Harry O' Harris, and became a massive financial success amidst the gangsta rap boom of the mid '90s, earning a reported $150 million a year at its peak. The label was most famously home to Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg, and was involved in one of the most notorious rap feuds in history against Bad Boy Records, which resulted in the deaths of both Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. 

 

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