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A must-read for all Death Row/Rap fans!
am 13. Juni 2000
Ronin Ro's "Have Gun, Will Travel" chronicles the metoric rise and tragic fall of the top rap label of the '90s. In this compelling page-turner, Ro charts the label's very beginnings, from Suge Knight's college days as a football player/drug dealer at UNLV through it's untimely demise mired in legal troubles and federal inquiries. This book is must for Death Row fans. Ro's writing style has been criticized as "repetitive" by some, and while he does repeat a few anecdotes, it doesn't make this book any more difficult to follow. In addition, Ro shies away from making judgements about his subject matter. Instead, he lets their (alleged) actions speak for themselves. For example, Suge Knight appears to earn his reputation as a violent thug, first, businessman second, while the late Tupac Shakur comes across as a wanna-be gangsta in search of street acceptance. The most unflattering portrayal is saved for R&B crooner, Danny Boy, whose relationship with Suge Knight is called into question. All of the acts that the label's fans love are given equal time. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Lady of Rage, etc. In addition, there are numerous questions that longtime Death Row fans have wanted answered and they'll find them here. Including the NWA reunion that nearly happened while Eazy-E was still alive, the truth behind the departures of Warren G, Dr. Dre and Sam Sneed, and the story of Gina Longo, who was Death Row's first (and only) white singer. The only criticism I had is that Ro relies on a few too many "un-named sources". While it's understandable, given Suge Knight's feared reputation, it makes a few of the stories seems a tad far-fetched. As a longtime Death Row fan, however, I give this book my highest recommendation.