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RBX Recalls Running Up On Suge Knight

RBX Recalls Running Up On Suge Knight

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October 3rd, 2015

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RBX released “A.W.O.L” in 1995 after leaving Death Row Records.

RBX sat with VladTV in an exclusive interview to discuss his diss track “A.W.O.L.” aimed at Death Row Records and former foe Dr. Dre.

RBX did business briefly with Death Row Records as part of Tha Dogg Pound collective of artists, which also includes Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger.

The rapper never officially signed a contract and once he left the label he released his 1995 project, The RBX Files, which included “A.W.O.L.”

“That was a play on me leaving Death Row,” the Long Beach, California native says in the interview published today (October 2). “The first one leaving without no clearance from Suge because I didn’t need no clearance from him. Fuck I need clearance from somebody I’m not signed to? He telling everybody, ‘Yo, that’s my artist.’ Blocking deals and telling people, ‘That’s my artist. That’s my artist.’ I had to run up on that dude and tell him I’m not your fucking artist nigga. You ain’t got no paperwork on me. I held you down and laced you with verses but you wanted to act stupid so now it is what it is. Absence without leave. Then I went to Warner Bros. and dropped that.”

Once the track was released, “A.W.O.L” moved up the charts and shared the same space with Green Day, Alanis Morissette and Prince.

“Doc-tor Dre, do you remember you was broke,” RBX raps “And the whole rap industry thought ya was a joke? / Me, D.O.C., and D.O.G., sat and made / Lyrics to replenish your name like Gatorade.”

RBX also shares with Vlad a conversation he had with Dre regarding the song.

“Man Dre loved that song,” RBX says. “At first I didn’t know how he was going to accept it. I was a young gun busting. I had no ramifications. I had no idea of ramifications from this or that. I wasn’t caring about relationships or none of that. I was just rapping and at that time I felt like Death Row was tripping on me. At that point I didn’t differentiate Dre and Death Row, which was my mistake. Dre at that point was pulling the same kind of weight as I was. Man, this nigga Suge is tripping. We just want to make music. If I have any regrets it’s that. Dre was like, ‘Oh, that’s how you feel, X? Man that shit was hard as hell. That’s the hardest that anybody has just came at a nigga. That song hard RBX. I like that.’ We just pushed right past it.”

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