Death Row’s Chief Engineer Writes Tell-All Book About The Label

(AllHipHop News) A new tell all book reveals the inner workings of Death Row records, and some of its most popular artists.

Veteran producer Tommy “Tommy D” Daugherty is releasing a new tell-all book titled “Stranded on Death Row: With 2Pac, Dr. Dre, & Snoop Dogg.”

The producer details his time at Death Row, from the label’s inception, to its eventual demise in 2006, after the label’s CEO Marion “Suge” Knight, was forced to file for bankruptcy.

During his time at Death Row, Tommy D engineered hits for Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and of course Tupac Shakur.

According to Tommy, he got the job by chance.

“I was at Death Row from the beginning to the end. I was hired while working on Prince’s albums… the rap guys next door had apparently kicked the engineer out!” Daugherty stated.

Tommy, who is an RIAA Diamond certified engineer (over 10 million sold), has worked with artists from a variety of genres, including George Clinton, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

But it was his position as the chief engineer that gave him a bird’s eye view into the inner workings of Death Row records, and the recording artists on the label.

Tommy’s new book will reveal some new details about Death Row records, the “East Coast/West Coast” feud and his extensive work with Pac.

“Stranded on Death Row: With 2Pac, Dr. Dre, & Snoop Dogg will hit stores sometime this year.

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8 Responses to “Death Row’s Chief Engineer Writes Tell-All Book About The Label”

  1. Lotus Melayne

    Good for Tommy D and all those who are finally able/willing to speak their truth about their experience as a part of Death Row…. we all had our own experiences there & I’m glad they’re being talked about now. Best wishes to Tommy D.

    • STFUUIgnants

      That’s something I want covered too. I think all these biopics need to be a series like the New Edition one.

    • Silent_Partner

      He doesn’t have any insight about that kind of stuff. He’s given lots of interviews over the years, and he’s a pretty happy-go-lucky guy who doesn’t ever talk bad about anybody. More than anything, his book will just be I saw this person work with this person and these songs didn’t see the light of day or how Dre gave Pac the reel for California Love. I never heard him start up or participate in any gossip even when interviewers would try to steer him that route about the beatdowns or alleged beefs going on that last real year of Death Row in ’96.

  2. ZUBU

    Everybody got something to say now that Suge is locked up, when he was on point some years ago nobody would say a word….

    • Silent_Partner

      This dude been doing interviews for years, and he never talks bad about Suge or anybody for that matter. He always gives the perspective of how this or that song came together or who worked with who at Death Row that you never would have thought came through there. He’s got a gang of interviews on Youtube like the last 10 years or so just giving stories of how Johnny J and Pac would make songs or how it was to work with Dre and Snoop from the beginning. I’m guessing this will just be expanded to include the minor players since people never ask about them and this is covering the 10 years after the label essentially died on Sept 13, 1996. He is about the most nonoffensive person you can think of to relay these stories probably because a lot of those other dudes who have been interviewed have been reckless with a lot of gossip and speculation that they’ve put out there in contrast to him.

      • ZUBU

        Ok, thanks for the insight. He sounds like a solid guy from what you stated… Peace…

      • YO

        His book is actually good because it’s for musicians, rappers and fans. Do you care how 2Pac worked? Doesn’t anyone wanna hear about something other than beef 24/7?

        He’s a nonbiased guy that witnessed all of it and he has fun stories about the making of the album.

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