A war of words is brewing between Compton’s old guard and the new kids on the block. In recent weeks, Suge Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records, has been critical of Kendrick Lamar’s record deal. Now the CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, where K. Dot is signed, is speaking up.
“TELL SUGE I SAID IF HE KAN SHOW ME 1 CHECK WE PAID 2 INTERSCOPE OFF OF R TOUING..ILL SELL HIM TDE 4 $1, NOBODY GETS SHIT OFF OUR TOURS. #TOP,” Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith tweeted on Wednesday (April 16).
The challenge came in response to comments that Knight made yesterday to BET. “Not only do these companies get the royalties and the publishing, if [the artist] do a show and $100,000 come in, the managers of the guys I’m saying who run the record company gets 20 percent,” he said. “Now it’s $80,000. Kendrick gets half, the record company gets half, which is ridiculous.”
Last year, Tiffith spoke on the comparisons he and his label had been getting to Knight and Death Row. “I respect Suge for what he’s done in music,” he told VIBE. “They had a star roster; I think I have a star roster…We got a lot of similarities, but we don’t club like they clubbed, ’cause you always got someone that want to come and try some sh–.”
This wasn’t the first time in recent weeks that Knight has sounded like he was trying to start some sh–. “If you look at Interscope, two guys from Compton — Game, Kendrick Lamar — got two of the worst deals in the industry,” he said on The Arsenio Hall Show in February. “It’s more slavery now than ever.”
“[All I was saying was] it’s not fair for two n—s from Compton to be gettin’ f—-d, and it’s not good for me to have knowledge and not pass it on to them,” the industry vet told BET. “It wasn’t about putting them as men down or as artists down, it was about putting the person who’s in control down, saying ’How are you f—–g over these dudes from Compton when they’re making a difference for your company?’ “