By Carly Kilroy
The brutally honest memoir of Death Row Records photographer, Simone Green, is due out in January and it’ll surely provide a unique perspective on what really went down in the heyday of the iconic West Coast label. The book, titled “Time Served at Death Row Records,” will bring readers back to the golden years of Death Row, when founder Suge Knight was still on top of his game.
Green is extremely candid about the good times she had, as well as the bad, when it came to working for one of the most notorious labels in hip-hop history. “At Death Row Records there was more good times than there was bad, but when the bad came they kinda made you forget about the good times,” Green says in a promotional interview for the book. The label was known for being aggressive. “The industry is set up so special, but Death Row Records was set up extra special because it had a bullying mentality to it. So, you did what you were told, or you ran into some situations.”
However, it wasn’t all business for the photographer either. Since Green was around to capture important moments in the label’s history, readers will get an intimate look at the personal friendships she developed with some of the artists including Tupac. “Not to give it all away, but I met Tupac after I drove from Detroit. He was one of the first set of people that I met when I went back to California the last time and we ended up hitting it right off and I ended up spending time and being friends with him.”
Not only will readers get a behind-the-scenes look at some of their favorite Death Row artists, but Green naturally provides some never before seen photos of hip-hop legends such as Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Warren G, MC Hammer, Suge Knight, Tha Dogg Pound and Tupac.
“Time Served at Death Row Records”will be on shelves January 13.