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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Chronic 2000

Jailed Death Row kingpin Suge raises commissary cash with this compilation.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Now that Death Row Records kingpin Marion (Suge) Knight is behind bars and star rappers like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have fled the sinking ship, it would seem the label’s days are numbered.

Apparently trying to stave off execution — and, presumably, pay for his lawyers and a few cartons of jailhouse smokes — Knight has cobbled together this two-CD set of leftovers, odds ’n’ ends and filler from the label’s stable. Two worthwhile unreleased Tupac tracks are the sole attraction here; the rest consists of a long-winded series of B-grade Snoop-diss rhymes from second-string artists and a few stars (E-40, Ant Banks, K-Ci) who presumably owed Knight money or a favour (or wanted to stay on his good side once he gets out of stir). Just one question, Suge: Should we pay cash or just send you a few packs of Camels?