The unauthorised film is to premiere at the Hollywood Black Film Festival....

An unauthorised film detailing the rise and fall of DEATH ROW RECORDS is set to premiere at the HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL on February 2.

‘Welcome To Death Row’ is a documentary following the once mighty rap label from its rise in 1992-93, thanks to successful albums from Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, through to its decline in late 1996, with Dre’s departure and the death of Tupac Shakur.

“Telling the story of the rise and fall of Death Row Records presented any number of unique challenges for anyone who might have the temerity to pursue it,” said film director S. Leigh Savidge. “The people close to the Death Row story generally fall into two categories: those that made out like bandits, aren’t talking and want the story to become buried history, and those who are still stunned by Death Row’s astonishing success but who were humbled, misused or simply relieved to have survived the experience.”

Death Row did not cooperate in the making of the film, which fans can catch at the Mann Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City before a later video release.

Meanwhile, [url=] reports that Death Row intend to release a Snoop Dogg greatest hits compilation, featuring previously unreleased material, during September or October. Despite the fact that Snoop left the label three years ago to sign to Master P’s No Limit label, Death Row still seem intent on making the most of their former star. Last year they released ‘Dead Man Walkin’, a collection of previously unreleased material. However, despite the revenue he is likely to generate, Death Row are turning the screw in a continuing campaign of intimidation against Snoop.

In a full page ad for the greatest hits collection set to appear in three high-profile US hip hop magazines during March, the label have written: “Death Row Records knows that success for a Snoop Doggy Dogg album means $$$$ for Suge Knight [the imprisoned label boss]. Keep it up because you know Suge Knight eats off your next three albums as well as your previous seven albums!!!”

At the turn of the year Death Row ran a message on their website, [url=], warning Snoop Dogg that Suge Knight would soon be released.

“2001, the year of fear. All doggs run and hide. Suge is coming home.” The message was followed by a dog barking, a gunshot and then the sound of the dog whimpering in pain.

Suge Knight is due for parole in April.