SNOOP Dogg has finally disclosed its decision to remove the Death Row Records catalog from streaming apps like Spotify.
The American rapper bought the legendary record label, whose artists include Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop own, back in February.
Within weeks, a number of fan-favorite albums disappeared from digital streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify.
snoop has now confirmed in an interview that he took the surprising step in response to the services’ stingy payment practices.
“First of all, I stole all the music from these platforms … because these platforms don’t pay,” said the 50-year-old in the last episode of the Beverage Champs Podcast.
“And those platforms get millions of streams, and nobody but the record labels get paid.”
After the removal of albums like Dre’s 1992 debut The Chronic and Snoop’s 1993 solo album Doggystyle from Spotify in March, Snoop said he would re-release the music on the Metaverse.
Speaking to Drinks Champs co-hosts DJ EFN and NORE, he confirmed the crazy plans.
The Metaverse is a loosely defined network of virtual worlds in which users can work and socialize, accessed through a virtual reality headset. Companies like Facebook have metaverse in the works.
Snoop said: “I wanted to snatch away my music, create a platform similar to Amazon, Netflix, Hulu.
“It will be a Death Row app, and the music will live in the metaverse in the meantime.”
Exactly how fans will access the music in the Metaverse – and how much they will be billed for it – remains to be seen.
death row – which was co-founded by Suge Knight in 1991 – was one of hip-hop’s most influential labels, signing some of the biggest names on the west coast.
However, the iconic label first filed for bankruptcy in 2006 after a series of lawsuits and Knight’s imprisonment – who was with Tupac when he was shot.
The identity of the chart-topper’s killer has been a mystery for more than 20 years and no charges have ever been brought.
Canada-based Entertainment One (eOne) bought the record label back in 2013 for $280 million after its previous parent company went bankrupt.
It was bought out by Hasbro six years later as part of the toy giant’s $4 billion purchase of eOne, owner of the Peppa Pig franchise.
Snoop agreed to a deal with MNRK Music Group on February 9 to become the new owner of Death Row.
The exact terms of the deal remain a mystery, but it’s believed to encompass most of the label’s catalogue.
It’s not the first time the rapper has dabbled in the Metaverse and NFTs (non-fungible tokens), unique digital assets that sell for millions of dollars.
Last September, the musician came out on Twitter as NFT kingpin “Cozomo de’ Medici” with an estimated $17 million in NFTs.
Three months later, Snoop launched a metaverse called “Snoopverse” in collaboration with Metaverse giant The Sandbox.
A fan spent half a million dollars to be his virtual neighbor.
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