TDE CEO Responds To Suge Knight’s Kendrick Lamar & Label Comments

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By: Adelle Platon / April 16, 2014

Suge Knight feels some type of way about the industry. The former Death Row Records founder recently went on the Arsenio Hall show and described The Game and Kendrick Lamar’s record deals as “slavery” because of the royalties (or lack thereof) they receive from their music and touring. He recently did an interview with BET, where he clarified his comments and further explained how finances are distributed in the music biz, using KDot as an example. “Not only do these companies get the royalties and the publishing, if [the artist] do a show and $100,000 come in, the managers of the guys I’m saying who run the record company gets 20 percent,” Knight said. “Now it’s $80,000. Kendrick gets half, the record company gets half, which is ridiculous.” Suge’s comments didn’t go unheard and TDE head honcho Top Dawg issued a response via Twitter: