Legendary Toy Company Hasbro Now Owns Iconic Gangsta Rap Label Death Row Records?!

In the mainstream world of weird turn of entertainment events. The mega toy giant Hasbro now officially owns the rights to one of the most iconic Gangsta Rap Record Labels of all time after purchasing “Death Row Records” for around 280 million! If you follow in form of hip-hop you should have known long ago that Death Row Records was founded by Suge Knight (who  forced Vanilla Ice to sign over the royalties to “Ice Ice Baby and used the royalties to fund Death Row Records) and was responsible for releasing iconic albums for 2 Pac, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre! Who would’ve thought such a legendary record label  would be owned by the same toy company responsible for The Transformers, Mr. Potato Head, and Gi Joe?! Wild!

From Rolling Stone Magazine:

“Hasbro, a massive toy company that is the source of countless hours of childhood joy — thanks to Mr. Potato Head, Monopoly, G.I. Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony, Power Rangers, and much, much more — announced on Thursday that it will join forces with Death Row Records, a label synonymous with West Coast gangster rap thanks to artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac.

More precisely, Hasbro purchased Entertainment One, a multimedia company that owns the children’s franchises Peppa Pig and PJ Masks (these are apparently popular among the youth, though they surely pale in comparison with Mr. Potato Head). Entertainment One also has a music division, which happens to be one of the biggest independent labels in the industry — it took in more than $30 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2019. And back in 2013, eOne spent around $280 million to buy the catalog of Death Row, which had previously been forced to declare bankruptcy in 2006. 

The cross-branding opportunities here basically write themselves, but there is no word on whether a Death Row Records-themed Monopoly game is forthcoming. There are, however, “$130 million in cost synergies” available to both companies if they pass Go by 2022, according to Deadline

In a statement, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner celebrated his purchase. “The acquisition of eOne adds beloved story-led global family brands that deliver strong operating returns to Hasbro’s portfolio and provides a pipeline of new brand creation driven by family-oriented storytelling,” he said.

Mr. Potato Head and the Power Rangers did not respond to requests for comment.

What’s your all time favorite release from Death Row Records?! Drop em below, ninjas!

 





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