Death Row Interview
Issue: Feb. 1996
Story Headline: Live From Death Row: Inside Hip-Hop's Ferocious First Family
Background: At the height of the East Coast/West Coast beef, the world was watching to see how it all would unfold. VIBE's very own Kevin Powell went where no man would dare to at the time, into the world of the infamous Death Row crew to get their take on what life was really like behind closed doors.
Suge Knight: "When you become the best, it's more rumors, it's more people want to stop you, 'cause everybody want to be No. 1."
Dr. Dre: "A lot of times when I'm at home kickin' it, I don't even listen to hip-hop. I listen to all types of music... My personal opinion is, the '70s is when the best music was made. Some motherfuckers had orchestras! Had string sections and they'd have to sit there and orchestrate a song. And put some vocals to it. So they really got into it. Curtis Mayfield, that motherfucker was bad as shit. Isaac Hayes, Barry White, y'knowhumsayin'? Them brothers was in there doing it."
2Pac: "More than a family, Death Row to me is like a machine. The biggest, strongest superpower in the hip-hop world. In order to do the things that I gotta do, we gotta have that superpower. Now we gotta expand and show exactly what a superpower is. At Death Row I don't have to worry about embarrassing nobody or standing out or doing something they don't want me to do. I'm still Tupac. At Death Row, I got my own shit. I'm independent. But this is the machine that I roll with."
Snoop Dogg: "Keep God first. Visualize a goal and try to reach it, and if you can't reach it, find something else other than the negative. Because that negative is a long stretch behind the wall-trust me."