[Editor's note: A 2001 documentary from Santa Monica-based production company Xenon Pictures, called Welcome to Death Row, tells the story of Suge Knight's infamous imprint, and Xenon's producers are publishing interviews conducted for the film in a book next year. With their blessing, we're excerpting some of that material, including our cover story on the making of The Chronic and a dissection of the legend of Suge Knight dangling Vanilla Ice off a balcony.]
Suge Knight at the Chasen's launch party
Today we revisit the launch party for Death Row, held on February 25, 1992 at erstwhile West Hollywood restaurant Chasen's, a swanky eatery that once hosted Oscar parties. Though he was not able to attend because he was locked up, the money man behind Death Row, Michael "Harry O" Harris, received shout-outs throughout the night from performers like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Intended to introduce and legitimatize the fledgling label (an arm of Harris' Godfather Entertainment), the party was ultra lavish.