The reason Warren G didn’t want Snoop Dogg to join Death Row
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The reason Warren G didn't want Snoop Dogg to join Death Row

Warren G was a close friend of Snoop Dogg growing up. As a Long Beach native, the rapper and producer (real name Warren Griffin) met Snoop at elementary school and ever since, they have been close. That said, Griffin has always sought to look out for the Doggystyle legend and make sure he is all right.

As such, during a recent appearance on Talib Kweli’s People’s Party podcast, Griffin explained why he wasn’t initially keen on his friend (real name Calvin Broadus) signing with Death Row.

Although Griffin is Dr Dre’s step-brother, he admitted to Kweli that when Death Row Records was established in 1991, the ‘Regulate’ rapper had concerns about Suge Knight’s character and the kind of business he would conduct around his only sibling.

As such, it is unsurprising that he confronted the record executive to speak about it after he presented Snoop Dogg with a shifty contract. However, before he did, Griffin warned Snoop against signing the contract. Recalling the heads-up he gave his friend, Griffin unveiled, “I’ve never told this story before, I might get in trouble for this. I told Snoop, ‘No, don’t sign that. You don’t know what you’re signing. You gotta get a lawyer to look at that stuff.’ And I was a young buck saying this!”

Although Warren told Snoop in the absence of Knight, an unnamed culprit informed the Death Row co-founder, who proceeded to call out Griffin and confront him face-to-face.

Recounting how Suge Knight aggressively approached him on the second floor of the Death Row studios, Griffin told Kweli, “He was like, ‘Aye, blood! Where Warren G at?!’ And I was like, ‘Sh*t, what’s up?’ He said, ‘Aye, blood. You told them not to sign that contract?!’ I took off! But the only way you could get down was the elevator, so I’m at the elevator like [hurriedly pressing the button]. He grabbed me and pushed me up against the wall and was like, ‘You told them not to sign that contract, blood?!'”

Warren admitted that he didn’t want Snoop Dogg to sign with Death Row because he was aware of Knight’s reputation for taking advantage of people and blurring the lines between street politics and business.

You can watch Warren G on People’s Party with Talib Kweli in the video below.