Dr. Dre's Chronic Gets 'Re-Lit'; New Album From Tupac Coming
An album of unreleased music from Tupac Shakur will be among a series of new releases coming from WIDEawake Entertainment Group, the owner of Death Row Records.
The Canada-based development company will allow music publisher EverGreen to serve as the worldwide administration company of Death Row via a recently signed deal.
Under the long-term agreement, EverGreen will administer and handle licensing for all Death Row music catalog compositions and master recordings.
In addition, the company will process all mechanical and performance royalties in the catalog. EverGreens rights to market, promote and collect royalties on all copyrights and master recordings in the Death Row catalog will be extended from the joint venture.
Among the material affected will be more than 10,000 released and unreleased songs by Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger and Nate Dogg as well as never-before released albums by Crooked I, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, RBX, The Lady of Rage, Warren G, K-Solo, Danny Boy and DJ Quik, among others.
The WIDEawake/Evergreen alliance comes after WIDEawake's $18 million purchase of Death Row in January.
In the coming months, the resuscitated label will release new music, including Shakurs unreleased work.
The release of the late rap icons material will commemorate Shakurs birthday in 2010.
Unreleased material from Shakur will not be the only music to surface from Death Rows return.
The label is gearing up to re-release Dr. Dres classic album The Chronic.
The Chronic re-release, titled The Chronic Re-Lit, will include four unreleased bonus tracks as well as a DVD of never before seen video footage of Dr. Dre and other artists.
The Chronic Re-Lit is slated to hit stores on September 1, while the Death Row box sets will arrive in time for the holidays.