Snoop Tells Newspaper He's Leaving Death Row

In an exclusive interview with the "Long Beach Press-Telegram," Snoop said, "I definitely feel my life is in danger if I stay in Death Row Records. That's part of the reason why I'm leaving.

Snoop also told the "Press-Telegram"'s Mauricio Minotta that he is planning to leave the label this year "Because there's nothing over there. Suge Knight is in jail, the president; Dr. Dre left and Tupac (Shakur) is dead. It's telling me that I'm either going to be dead or in jail or I'm going to be nothing.

The rapper who, along with Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur, helped to build Death Row into a formidable force in the music industry, also cited the label's business practices as part of the reason why he wants to leave the label.

They don't know how to run business. That's why their business is gone. And I'm no longer a part of them.

Snoop also says that Death Row mishandled a number of his projects, including the track that he worked on with Tom Morello of Rage Against

The Machine and a proposed project with Warren G.

Snoop goes on to tell the paper that his next album, "Corleone's Revenge," will be released on his own Dogg House Records.

When contacted about Snoop's comments, Death Row would neither confirm nor deny any details of Snoop's contract and could not confirm his remarks in the interview.

We will have more on this story as it develops.