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While rap music mogul Suge Knight was watching his lucrative record company, Death Row Records, financial slip away, local performers continued to file into Jada Entertainment... a small, state of the art recording studio on Mobile's Dauphin Street. Over the past few years, this studio on Dauphin Street has been the home to mostly regional artists with marginal success. But if the owners of a new music label have their way, they say this could be the home of the number one independent music label in the world. And they plan to do it with what once was... Death Row records!
"We've got media flying in from New York, LA... it's gonna be a big ta-do," says Roland Turner.
He and Mike Wilson were both born in Mobile and have been part of it's music scene for the past 20 years. And now they find themselves and their company the owners of the old Death Row Record catalog. Next week, they plan to reunite many of those artist right here in Mobile, as the latest recording artists of Global Music Group.
"A lot of the old rappers that was on the label, Corrupt, Daz Dillinger, Crooked I, they're flying in..."
Global Music sees opportunity in the former Death Row Artists, creating new music to go with the old Death Row catalog, which alone is worth millions of dollars. But in MObile, Alabama? Not LA? New York? London? Roland uses R & B artist Mark Morrison as an example.
"Mark can record his album in the UK, zip it, send it right here, we can mix and master here, any featured artist when can pit it on right here, we can send it to Los Angeles, anything can be done and we can still be based outta here. 10 years ago it would have been impossible."
And as for the former label's famous violent past? Wilson acknowledges it's part of the image... but not the business, says Mike Wilson.
"We have no interest in those kinds of people.We don't want them part of our business."
A business that, if all goes to their plans, will make Mobile home to a worldwide music giant. On Dauphin Street, Here's Darwin, NBC 15 News.
MOBILE'S GLOBAL MUSIC GROUP SUBMITTED THE WINNING BID FOR DEATH ROW RECORDS IN JULY.
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