Death Row Chronicles, BET

Watch online: compelling series about the legacy of Death Row Records, with stories of an interesting and dangerous era in the history of hip-hop.

Watch this compelling six-part documentary series, Death Row Chronicles starting Thursday 8 March at 21:50 on BET (DStv Channel 129) and streaming live on DStv Now. There is also controversy around the series, with Suge Knight’s fiancée being arrested for helping him give interviews to BET.

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At the height of it’s success, Death Row was unmatched in creativity, topping the charts and breaking sales records.  But all this came at a great cost of violence and murder. In the 1990s, the golden era of hop-hop, Death Row Records was more than a symbol of gangsta rap – its no-nonsense leader Marion ‘Suge’ Knight was it’s Godfather. He founded the label in 1991, and they promoted the ‘thug life’ as their chosen lifestyle.  Knight was no businessman, but his forceful attitude took the label to a peak of $100 million. The menacing music was a reflection of the record label’s reputation.

The series is part true-crime murder mystery and part hip-hop drama, and includes interviews and commentary from journalists and others who were around at the height of Death Row’s success. Key evidence is uncovered, misinformation and truth is revealed, and Shakur’s role is also highlighted, almost 22 years after his death in Las Vegas in 1996. His death was the beginning of the end for Death Row, with conspiracy theories about how the brash and hostile Knight was involved in the murder of the young superstar, despite his denials. Don’t miss the never-seen-before footage, which includes an interview with a witness of Shakur’s murder.

Don’t miss this series about the legacy of Death Row Records lives on forever, with stories of an interesting era in the history of hip-hop.  Find out how a promising footballer from Compton ended up evolving into a CEO who would influence and intimidate others, how he gave the record label wings to soar and how he brought it crashing down.

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