As one of the first artists to sign with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment following Dre’s departure from Death Row Records, Long Beach, California artist RBX is familiar with the often-scrutinized business affairs of that era in Hip Hop.
During a newly published interview with VladTV, RBX revealed that his signature was forged on multiple Death Row documents during his time at the label.
“The only thing that was slightly askew was the Death Row [Records] shit,” RBX says. “I wanted to get my paperwork looked at. Homie, you not finna bully me into signing some bullshit. What happened was, when I talked to—I don’t wanna say her name—but a lawyer, she said my name was forged on a bunch of [Death Row Records] documents. That’s why they were able to get a lot of things through without having no contracts. [And] me, being a new kid off the block so to speak, into this Rap thing, I’m not knowing, you feel me? I’m hearing this stuff but I’m not knowing. And, unbeknown to me, that’s what transpired on a few things.
“Forgery is a mickey fickey,” RBX adds. “That’s how they were able to get a lot of that stuff through. I wasn’t going to make no waves and try and cease and desist and stop nothing, because you got my loved ones on this [album]… I’m not finna be that guy stopping nothing.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, RBX revealed his thoughts as to why Death Row Records fell apart following such a lucrative period of success.
“As I stated previously, when you get to a point when you have a fine line between your street business and your corporate business who wants to invest, it becomes awkward, because now you have lil’ gray areas there,” RBX says. “Once the company started getting bigger, it was $300 million [and] when you get numbers like that and you doing business with people that got numbers like that, they want certain guarantees on their money. Because they didn’t get that money by being stupid. They did something right to get that money. So once you start tangling shit that can jeopardize that money, it becomes a problem. Especially if the people that are investing that money ain’t out doing the shenanigans that might jeopardize their empire. So the street business and the corporate business don’t ever mix. There’s no, ‘Well we can low-key gangbang,’ no you can’t because once you really active with it, somebody’s gonna turn off on you… If [investors] have gotta worry about you and your company killing somebody, and then they gotta get into a lawsuit that all the money that they put in to fight to get you out, come on now, nobody wants to do that. That’s bad business.”
RBX’s interview with VladTV can be viewed below: