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West Coast Goodness Day Four: The Death Row Vaults

by Travis on August 8, 2008

I’ve been on a Death Row kick the past few months. I bought and read “Have Gun, Will Travel” and I’m currently on “Rollin’ With Dre”, written by his former personal assistant. Neither are what I’d call eloquently written by any means, but lots of insider stories and the such. Both books mentions a lot of the same events, so there must be some truth to them. I’m not sure what has attracted me to the history of the fallen label. I guess it’s the fact that it once was the most powerful hip hop label the business has ever seen, and it fell faster than Roman Empire. All the gangtaism that went down, the dirty deals, the beatdowns, everything that sounds like it could have been in a movie of sorts (so when is the Death Row: The Movie dropping?). Regardless, you can’t deny the impact the label had on the industry, good and bad. I won’t lie, I enjoy The Choronic, Doggystyle, Dogg Food as much as the next person. I paid attention to what they were doing for sure.

With Dre and Daz handling a lot of the production for the label, you have to epitome of west coast ridin’ music. Let’s face it, The Chronic is one of the best convertible LP’s of all-time. As is Doggystyle for that matter. Deep, rolling bass and crisp synths dominate the tracks as you can lean back in that Leopard interior and just let the music drown out the hustle and bustle of cars around you. It’s a great thing.

Death Row was known to record a shit load of music, but unfortunately, a lot of that never saw the light of day. There is the rumored Sam Sneed album (I’d LOVE to hear it), a Boss Hogg (formerly Lil’ Nation of CPO) album, K-Solo album, and even a MC Hammer album, plus a lot more. Today, we have some “lost” Death Row tracks, courtesy of Jsta and his Back 2 Da OG blog. Actually, I haven’t dug deep enough in his archives to know if he has posted these on his blog or not, but he did post them originally in the forum that I found them in. The batch of stuff is titled From The Vaults of Death Row, and has some stuff I have heard before and stuff I hadn’t. I’m sure it’s nothing “official”, but still a great history lesson for those might not have known.

From The Vaults of Death Row (Courtesy of Jsta)

01 Radio Intro
02 Dr. Dre — Kickin’ It (Interlude)
03 Dr. Dre Feat. Dat Nigga Daz; George Clinton; Snoop Doggy Dogg — Let Me Ride (Extended Promo Version)
04 Snoop Doggy Dogg Feat. Dat Nigga Daz — Gin and Juice (Laid Back Mix)
05 Dr. Dre Feat. Big Tittie Nickie; D.O.C.; Samara; Snoop Doggy Dogg — The $20 Sack Pyramid (Interlude)
06 Kurupt — 40′z and Bud (UNRELEASED)
07 Dr. Dre Feat. Rage and Tha Dogg Pound — Puffin’ On Blunts and Drankin’ Tanqueray
08 Tha Dogg Pound — 5 Mic’s In The Source (UNRELEASED)
09 Tha Dogg Pound and Warren G — Power 106 Freestyle
10 Dr. Dre — Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat (OG) (UNRELEASED)
11 Snoop Doggy Dogg — Head Doctor (Interlude)
12 Snoop Doggy Dogg — Head Doctor (OG) (UNRELEASED)
13 Snoop Doggy Dogg Feat. E-White — Girls, Girls, Girls (UNRELEASED)
14 Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound — Big Pimpin’ (OG) (UNRELEASED)
15 Kurupt — What Would U Do (Power 106 Freestyle)
16 Tha Dogg Pound — Who Ride Wit Us (OG) (UNRELEASED)
17 Tupac Feat. Jewell; Prince Ital Joe; Snoop Doggy Dogg — Street Life (UNRELEASED)
18 J-Flexx Feat. Dr. Dre — Street Scholars
19 Tupac Feat. SKG — Rock Ya Body (DJ Total Blend)
20 Snoop Doggy Dogg — Power 106 Freestyle
21 Snoop Doggy Dogg — Who Am I (What’s My Name) (Power 106 Freestyle)
22 The LBC Crew Feat. Dat Nigga Daz; Snoop Doggy Dogg; Soopafly — My Heat Goes Boom (OG) (UNRELEASED)
23 Dat Nigga Daz and Snoop Doggy Dogg — Gangsta Ride (UNRELEASED)
24 Marion ‘Suge’ Knight and Tupac — East-West (Interlude)
25 Tupac Feat. The Outlawz — Fuck ‘Em All (OG) (UNRELEASED)
26 Tupac Feat. Left Eye — Untouchable (OG) (UNRELEASED)
27 The Notorious B.I.G. — Real Niggaz Do Real Thingz (UNRELEASED Alternate Version)
28 Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. — Guaranteed Raw 2006 (DJ Total Blend)
29 Cheri Lee; Heather Hunter; Janet Jacme — Porn Star Outro (A Message To Suge)

DJ Quik was never officially signed to the label, but he did a lot of work for the Death Row over the years, most notably the Tupac album “All Eyez On Me”. Quik also brought his homies 2ndII None to the label, who had an unreleased album, which I posted up earlier in the year and has been making it’s way around the internet this year. Once again, there is numerous stuff. Quik’s music has also been very complex in the grand scheme of things and is probably a little underrated if anything.

This is titled “Death Row Sessions 1994-1996″. There are CD inserts included, so I’m guessing it got released on some kind of level, but there is a track with a radio dub over it, so take it for what it’s worth. Still a worth a listen. Originally, I figured this would include some tracks from teh Rare & Unreleased bootleg floating around and I posted up a couple years ago, but from what I can tell, none of the songs are the same.

The Death Row Sessions 1994-1996(Courtesy of Jsta)

01 DJ Quik – Intro
02 DJ Quik – Boom
03 Baby Eagle Feat. DJ Quik – What That Is
04 Str8-Go – Bringing The Funk (Remix Instrumental)
05 Tupac Feat. Nutzo – Words To My First Born
06 DJ Quik – Loc’ed Out Hood (Live G Funk Remix)
07 To
ny! Toni! Tone! Feat. DJ Quik – Let’s Get Down (Death Row Remix)
08 DJ Quik – Dollaz-N-Sence (Instrumental)
09 Tupac Feat. AMG and DJ Quik — Late Night
10 Danny Boy and Marion ‘Suge’ Knight — 4 Or 5 For Danny Boy (Suge Knight Interview)
11 DJ Roger Feat. DJ Quik — Doggystyle (Live Version)
12 DJ Quik Feat. 2nd II None — Dollaz-N-Sence (Demo)
13 DJ Quik — Something For The Mood (Instrumental)
14 Tupac — Heartz Of Men (Retail Demo)

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