August 26, 2019
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In this week’s unlikely pairings, Death Row Records has been sold to the toymaker Hasbro in part of a $4 billion acquisition. The toymaker has recently purchased Entertainment One which owns the infamous music label.
In response to this news, Ava DuVernay took to Twitter with a witty message.
I have a film idea. Somebody can call me if they want to. 🤷🏽♀️ https://t.co/DAHSnA5xOm
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 25, 2019
Only time will tell if this tweet will turn into an actual project from the “When They See Us” creator.
Founded in 1991 by Suge Knight, The D.O.C., and Dr. Dre, Death Row records became one of the most influential labels within the rap and hip hop community housing artists such as Tupac and Snoop Dogg. Unfortunately, the company filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and suffered from unstable management until its sale to Entertainment One in 2013.
Hasbro, who owns the rights to popular toys and games such as Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh, and Monopoly says the deal is part of their expansion into entertainment, and while they are known as a more “family-friendly” brand, they are excited about the new acquisition.
This news comes at the tail of another surprising and controversial deal where Jay-Z and the NFL announced that the football league and Roc Nation would become partners on entertainment and social justice initiatives.
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