Snoop Dogg made the remark during the REVOLT Summit in Los Angeles this past weekend.
While speaking with TDE at the REVOLT Summit in Los Angeles on Sunday (October 27), Snoop Dogg asked members of the label if there was any label that preceded them that modeled themselves after, and specifically named Death Row.
“We absolutely followed the model of Death Row,” TDE president Punch said. “Y’all had the stars, y’all had the hits, y’all had the street credibility…everything across the board.”
“I think — and this is me saying it from being in Death Row and being on the outside looking at y’all — y’all are a better version of Death Row Records,” Snoop replied. “That’s with no disrespect. That’s with all respect because once you look and you see somebody do it the right way and you see ’em do it the wrong way and then you get a chance to do it your own way, then you able to take the wrong out and do it the right way. That’s why y’all been able to sustain for so long. You and Top Dawg, y’all some top dog bosses.”
Snoop Dogg sat on stage in a room full of ppl and said we (TDE) are a better version of Death Row Records. Humbled. 🙏🏽
— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) October 27, 2019
As HipHopDX noted, Snoop hasn’t always seen TDE as comparable to Death Row.
“No, they’re not the new Death Row,” he told Vibe in 2013. “TDE did it completely differently than Death Row did it. Death Row did it with a gangsta approach. We was smashin’ on ni**as, f**kin’ people up, we was determined to be the hardest, meanest, baddest, coldest, roughest, toughest in the game. That was our mission. TDE, rappers. They peaceful, they love, they get down, they rappers from everywhere, and they represent hip-hop.”
“I don’t feel like TDE and Death Row are the same thing in any way,” he added. “I feel like Death Row paved the way for TDE to do it in their own way so they can stay around for 20 years from now.”