Contents 1 History 1.1 The Chronic and Ruthless Records feud 1.2 Doggystyle 1.3 Signing Tupac and Suge Knight's rise 1.4 Bad Boy Records feud and Dr. Dre's departure 1.5 M.C. Hammer's involvement and departure 1.6 Tupac Shakur's murder and Suge Knight's incarceration 1.7 2nd generation exodus 1.8 Chapter 11 Bankruptcy 1.9 From WIDEawake acquisition to E1 2 Former artists 3 Releases 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] Main article: Ruthless Records In the late-1980s, producer Dr. Dre was a member of N.W.A, signed to friend Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. As head of production at the label, Dre produced a large number of Ruthless projects, many of them successful; feeling the pressures of having to produce so many acts and feeling he was underpaid, Dr. Dre became frustrated with Ruthless Records.[4] After the departure of Ice Cube in 1989 over financial disagreements with N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller,[5] Suge Knight and fellow Ruthless artist, The D.O.C. went over the books with a lawyer. Convinced that Heller was dishonest, they approached Dr. Dre about forming a label with them, away from Heller and Eazy-E.[6] Allegedly using strong-arm tactics, Knight was able to procure contracts from Eazy-E for The D.O.C., Dr. Dre and Ruthless singer, Michel'le.[7] Dr. Dre, Suge Knight along with partners The D.O.C. and SOLAR Records founder Dick Griffey began the process of starting a record label and music partnership in anticipation of Dre's departure from Ruthless Records. Although the name of their new music venture was originally called Future Shock Entertainment, The D.O.C. claimed to have suggested changing the name of the new label to "Def Row"[8] (a play on the hip-hop label Def Jam),[9] but rights to the name were already owned by The Unknown DJ, who also happened to be one of Dre's former music associates in the 1980s. Unknown stated in an interview that he created the name "Def Row" for a potential deal to start another record label under Morgan Creek Entertainment Group.[10] However he later sold the naming rights to Dr. Dre and his partners in July 1991 and by 1992 the name changed to its eventual title of Death Row Records.[11] Knight approached Michael "Harry-O" Harris, a businessman imprisoned on drug and attempted murder charges. Through David Kenner, an attorney handling Harris's appeal, Harry-O set up Godfather, a parent company for the newly christened Death Row.[12] Knight approached Vanilla Ice, using management connections with Mario "Chocolate" Johnson, claiming Johnson had produced the song "Ice Ice Baby", and had not received royalties for it.[13] After consulting with Alex Roberts, who sources suggest was Suge Knight's connection to the underworld, Knight and two bodyguards arrived at The Palm in West Hollywood, where Van Winkle was eating. After shoving Van Winkle's bodyguards aside, Knight sat down in front of Van Winkle, staring at him before asking "How you doin'?"[13] Similar incidents were repeated on several occasions, including alleged attempts to lure Vanilla Ice into a van filled with Bloods and Crips, before Knight showed up at Vanilla Ice's hotel suite on the fifteenth floor of the Bel Age Hotel, accompanied by Johnson and a member of the Oakland Raiders. According to Vanilla Ice, Knight took him out on the balcony by himself, and implied he would throw Vanilla Ice off unless he signed the rights to the song over to Knight; Van Winkle's money helped fund Death Row.[13] At one time, Death Row was located at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd.[14] Knight was seen on several occasions leaving Alex Roberts' home in Malibu. The Chronic and Ruthless Records feud[edit] Main article: The Chronic With the help of Kenner, Knight began signing young, inner-city California-based artists and arranged for Death Row Records to handle the soundtrack for the 1992 film, Deep Cover. The single, "Deep Cover", established Dr. Dre as a solo artist and a young Snoop "Doggy" Dogg as his protégé. Work soon began on The Chronic, Dr. Dre's debut solo album, which heavily featured Snoop and the rest of the label's core roster. The album went on to sell 5,700,000 records in the US,[15] establishing the West Coast in the hip-hop industry and popularizing the distinctive style of G-Funk.[16] Doggystyle[edit] Main article: Doggystyle (album) After finding solo success, Dr. Dre began crafting Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle; the process took two years. Snoop's debut was released in 1993 due to public demand and high pressure from retailers. Though unfinished,[17] it outperformed The Chronic at Quadruple Platinum,[18] and garnered similarly glowing reviews.[19] Soon after the release of the album, Snoop Dogg was charged with murder,[20] fueling the debate that politicians C. Delores Tucker and then-Vice Presidential candidate Dan Quayle sparked by denouncing gangsta rap as against American values, encouraging violence towards police officers, and degrading to Black women. Signing Tupac and Suge Knight's rise[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) By 1995, the label began to flood with Suge Knight's cronies—friends and gang members fresh out of jail, as well as off-duty LAPD officers later implicated in the Rampart scandal working as security. Emboldened, Knight began taking more control of the label and further sought the spotlight, while Dr. Dre receded into the background, shying away from the violent atmosphere and Suge Knight's newfound volatility. Tucker's pressure to conform extended to a joint proposal by herself and a Warner executive to set up a record label with Knight to put out content-controlled hip-hop music, which Knight billed as a breach of contract,[12] resulting in a switch in distribution from Time Warner to Interscope. At The Source Awards in 1995, the Death Row roster's performance garnered a poor reception from the mainly East Coast audience; Knight also made comments pertaining to Bad Boy CEO Puff Daddy, sparking friction between the two labels (and, soon after, the two entire coasts). Knight soon signed 2Pac, and Lord Autopz of Ruthless Criminalz while 2Pac was incarcerated on a sexual abuse conviction, after agreeing to post 2Pac's bail. At the same time, a rift between Michael and Lydia Harris and Suge and David Kenner began to grow, with the latter pair denying Harris' involvement in the company and refusing to take his phone calls. Bad Boy Records feud and Dr. Dre's departure[edit] 2Pac began work on his Death Row album, kicking off his tenure by insulting The Notorious B.I.G., Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Puff Daddy (the founder of Bad Boy Records), whom he accused of setting him up to be robbed and shot earlier that year, as well as Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Fugees and Nas. Tha Dogg Pound's debut album, Dogg Food, continued the label's streak of commercial successes; its members – rappers Kurupt and Daz Dillinger – then joined Snoop in ridiculing New York rappers with their single "New York, New York", featuring Snoop Dogg. The video, set in New York City, New York, was also heightened when the set was fired upon in a drive-by. After the shooting, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound filmed scenes kicking down a building in New York. The single provoked a response called '"L.A., L.A." by East Coast rappers Capone-N-Noreaga, Tragedy Khadafi, and Mobb Deep. Another report was that Sam Sneed was beaten in one of the label's meetings by a group of Death Row affiliates, led by Suge Knight and 2Pac. According to Daz Dillinger, the reason this happened was that Sam Sneed had too many East Coast rappers in his Lady Heroin music video.[21] Disillusioned with the direction of Death Row, artists RBX and The D.O.C. chose to leave, after which Suge Knight exercised tighter control over the rest of the roster.[12] Dogg Food was not produced by Dr. Dre but was mixed by Dr. Dre, a further testament to Dre's dwindling involvement with his own record label. Dr. Dre also grew tired of Knight's violence within the label, although he contributed toward two tracks on 2Pac's All Eyez on Me. The rest of the tracks on the album, however, were mostly produced by Daz Dillinger and Johnny J, despite Dr. Dre being nominally titled as Executive Producer. Shakur's behavior reportedly became erratic as he continued his verbal wars with The Notorious B.I.G., Bad Boy Records, Puff Daddy, Mobb Deep, and Prodigy, including many violent confrontations with many of those rappers at some points. In 1996, due to the infighting, Dr. Dre left Death Row Records to found Aftermath; which provoked 2Pac to turn against Dr. Dre. M.C. Hammer's involvement and departure[edit] Suge Knight's relationship with MC Hammer dates back to 1988. With the success of Hammer's 1994 album, The Funky Headhunter (featuring Tha Dogg Pound), Hammer signed with Death Row in 1995, along with Snoop Dogg and his close friend, 2Pac.[22] The label did not release the album of M.C. Hammer's music (titled Too Tight), although he did release versions of some tracks on his next album.[23][24] However, Hammer did record tracks with Shakur and others, most notably the song "Too Late Playa" (along with Big Daddy Kane and Danny Boy).[25][26] After the death of 2Pac in 1996, MC Hammer left Death Row Records.[27][28] Tupac Shakur's murder and Suge Knight's incarceration[edit] Main article: Murder of Tupac Shakur Formerly a united front of artists, Death Row's roster fractured into separate camps. Daz, now head producer, worked on Snoop Dogg's second album Tha Doggfather, which featured Bad Azz and Techniec of his LBC Crew, Warren G and Nate Dogg of his group 213 and Tha Dogg Pound. 2Pac shut himself into the studio with Hurt-M-Badd and Big "D", crafting The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - unlike All Eyez on Me, it was devoid of high-profile Death Row guest appearances, instead showcasing The Outlawz and Bad Azz. Suge Knight was now barely reachable by his staff, and employees were assaulted as punishment for not following orders.[17] During a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada for a Mike Tyson boxing match, 2Pac was interviewed on the possibility of Death Row East, an East Coast branch of Death Row. It was also during this time, that Alex Roberts and David Kenner had been seen at Suge Knight's Vegas Club 662 in discussion about the possibility of having Roberts' New York underworld connections help pave the way for Death Row East. Though names from Big Daddy Kane and The Wu-Tang Clan to Eric B. and K-Solo were mentioned, the label would never be formed; On September 7, 1996, Suge Knight and 2Pac were caught on surveillance camera at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas attacking gang member Orlando Anderson who was a Southside Compton, California Crip. Later that night, 2Pac was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in the front seat of Suge Knight's BMW 750iL waiting at a red traffic light at crossroads; en route to Knight's Las Vegas Club 662;[29][30] despite living six days in critical condition, 2Pac died September 13, 1996. Shakur's "The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory" was released in November 1996, just one week before Snoop Dogg's "Tha Doggfather". Both albums achieved Platinum sales. Suge Knight was convicted of parole violation and sentenced to nine years in prison, causing Interscope to drop their distribution deal with the label.[31] Suge Knight's control over the label diminished, as Nate Dogg was able to leave, followed by Snoop Dogg and Kurupt. After the release of her solo album, The Lady of Rage left. Daz Dillinger departed in 1999 but produced for Big C-Style, he later formed Dogg Pound Records. Kurupt returned to the label in 2002 upon Suge Knight's release from prison.[32] 2nd generation exodus[edit] Maintaining artistic control from behind bars, Suge Knight launched smear campaigns against his former artists, most notably Snoop Dogg.[citation needed] The label supported itself with releases pulled from vaults—most successfully various posthumous 2Pac albums, along with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg re-releases and then-unreleased compilation records such as Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000 and a Snoop Dogg compilation album Dead Man Walkin'. He signed new talent, including Crooked I who had been lighting up the Californian underground with his rhyming ability, particularly the Wake Up Show with Sway & King Tech. Suge Knight also signed Left Eye. He also appointed Cold 187um to oversee the 2Pac album Until the End of Time and Tha Dogg Pound's 2002. Despite bad blood, Kurupt would again sign with Suge Knight in exchange for the position of Vice President, which sparked a feud between himself and Daz Dillinger and Snoop Dogg. He began work on Against tha Grain; his verbal feud with his former partners continued from 2002 to 2005.[33] Left Eye signed with Death Row after finishing her solo deal with Arista who released her 1st album Supernova in 2001. Lopez joined to record a 2nd solo album under the pseudonym N.I.N.A. (New Identity Not Applicable) she was also working on TLC's new album 3D. N.I.N.A. was cancelled after her death in April 2002. The album was leaked online in 2011. After promoting his new talent from prison, directing a campaign against his former artists and exacerbating the conflict between Daz Dillinger and Kurupt,[34] Suge had still yet to release any albums by his new artists. After Kurupt's 2nd departure, Against tha Grain was released; soon after, citing dissatisfaction with serving 5 years on the label and seeing no release,[35] Rapper Crooked I left Death Row, eventually filing a gag order on Knight to prevent him from interfering with him finding a new deal.[36] Petey Pablo, who had signed in 2005 and started the never-released album Same Eyez on Me,[37] left along with rapper Tha Realest[38] in 2006. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy[edit] On April 4, 2006 both Death Row Records and Suge Knight simultaneously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the appointment of a Receiver to acquire and auction off assets of both Death Row Records and Suge Knight in the civil case filed by Lydia Harris against Suge Knight. Among those listed as unsecured creditors to Death Row include the Harris', the Internal Revenue Service ($6,900,000), Koch Records ($3,400,000), Interscope Records ($2,500,000) and a number of artists previously signed to the label. Suge Knight would eventually lose control of Death Row Records and his personal assets when Chapter 11 Trustees took over both cases. From WIDEawake acquisition to E1[edit] On January 15, 2009, Death Row was successfully auctioned to entertainment development company WIDEawake for $18 million USD. On January 25, 2009, an auction was held for everything found in the Death Row office after it filed for bankruptcy. Of note was the Death Row electric chair which went for $2500 USD.[39] Since the acquisition, the company has continued to release material from its vast archives of materials acquired in the sale. Noteworthy releases include previously unreleased material from such artists as Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Danny Boy, Crooked I, Sam Sneed, LBC Crew and O.F.T.B. Since the acquisition of the material, Money Mafia-Death Row, under the management of WIDEawake, has made many positive steps towards improving the image of Death Row by making good on its promise to make royalty payments to many of the artists, producers, and songwriters with commercially released material under the label. On "Record Store Day" April 18, 2012, the label has issued a free Death Row "Record Store Day" CD sampler which included music from Lord Autopz, Petey Pablo and Danny Boy "The Chronic Re-Lit" was released on September 1, 2009. The album contained the original The Chronic album re-mastered and 7 bonus songs from the vault by Snoop Doggy Dogg, CPO, Kurupt, Jewell, and more; plus a DVD containing music videos, a rare Dr. Dre interview, a Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg mini movie, and rare 1992 television commercials for the original The Chronic release.[40][41] "Snoop Doggy Dogg – Death Row The Lost Sessions Vol 1"[42] was released October 13, 2009 and contains 15 previously unreleased tracks with 4 being produced by Dr. Dre. "Death Row The Ultimate Collection"[43] was released on November 24 and was a special box set containing 3 audio CDs (1 greatest hits disc and 2 discs of unreleased content), 1 DVD of music videos which includes the unreleased Dr. Dre music video "Puffin' On Blunts" and a limited edition Death Row T-shirt. The set boasts over 20 unreleased tracks from the likes of: Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, The Lady of Rage, Lord Autopz and Petey Pablo. During this period, there was a specific distribution venture between E1 and Wideawake Death Row LLC. On 10 December 2012, New Solutions Financial Corp., the Canadian company that owned WIDEawake Death Row, had gone bankrupt and sold both the label and catalog to a publicly held company[44] In 2013, E1 purchased the rights to the Death Row catalog. The Group invested £175 million in content rights and television programmes in the year (2012: £135.8 million) and £4.2 million (6 million $) to purchase the music library assets of Death Row.[45]

Former artists[edit] Dr. Dre (1991-1996) The D.O.C (1991-1994) Michel'le (1991-1999); (2002-2003) Snoop Dogg (1991-1998) Tha Dogg Pound (1991-1997) Lady of Rage (1991-1997) 2Pac (1995-1996) Outlawz (1995-1999) 213 (group) (1991-1997) RBX (1991-1994) Chilly Chill (1994-1995) Nate Dogg (1991-1997) MC Hammer (1995-1996) Kurupt (1991-1997) (2002-2005) Daz Dillinger (1991-1999) Lisa "N.I.N.A" Lopes (2002) Crooked I (1999-2004) SKG (2001) Tha Realest (1996-2001) YGD Tha Top Dogg (1997-2000) Danny Boy (1994-1999); (2002-2003) Sam Sneed (1993-1997) Yaki Kadafi of The Outlawz (1995-1996) Jewell (1992-1999) O.F.T.B. (1994-1998) J-Flexx (1994-1997) Petey Pablo (2005-2006) Soopafly (1994-1997) 2nd II None (1994-1998) Prince Ital Joe (1995-1998) LBC Crew (1995-1997) O.G. Big Tray Dee (1994-1997) Bad Azz (1995-1997) Lil' C-Style (1994-1998) Techniec (1994-1997) Young Swoop G (1994-2001) Nanci Fletcher (1993-1996) DJ Quik (1994-1996) C.P.O. Boss Hogg (1991-1998) Above the Law (1999-2001) Young Soldierz (1994-1998) Big Pimpin' Delemond (1994-1999) Butch Cassidy (1996-1998) V.K. (1999) Dobbie (1998-1999) Eastwood (2002-2005) Big C-Style (1998-2001) 6 Feet Deep B.G.O.T.I. Chocolate (1991-1993) Chocolate Bandit (1996-1999) Mr. 2-3 (1991-1993) Sean 'Barney' Thomas Slip Capone (1993-1998) Lil' Malik a.k.a. Lil' Hershey Loc Fatal-n-Felony (1995-1996) The Gang (1996-1997) Twang GP The Beast Scarlo El Dorado (1998-1999) The Relativez(1998-2000) Hurt-M-Badd Spider Loc (2002- 2004) Gangxsta Ridd Dresta Mac Shawn LA Nash Scrilla Warlord Capricorn O.Y.G Redrum781 Gangsta Girl Dorasel Gail Gotti

Releases[edit] Main article: Death Row Records discography Year Album information 1992 Dr. Dre – The Chronic Released: December 15, 1992 Chart positions: No.3 Billboard RIAA certification: 3x Platinum[46] Singles: "Fuck Wit Dre Day", "Let Me Ride", "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" 1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle Released: November 23, 1993 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 4x Platinum Singles: "Who Am I (What's My Name)", "Gin and Juice", "Doggy Dogg World" 1994 Above the Rim Released: March 22, 1994 Chart positions: No.2 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Regulate", "Anything", "Afro Puffs", "Part-Time Lover" Murder Was The Case Released: October 15, 1994 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Woman To Woman", "Natural Born Killaz", "U Better Recognize", "Murder Was The Case", What Would You Do?" 1995 Tha Dogg Pound – Dogg Food Released: October 31, 1995 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Respect", "Let's Play House", "New York, New York" 1996 2Pac – All Eyez On Me Released: February 13, 1996 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: Diamond Singles: "California Love", "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted", "How Do You Want It", "All Bout U", "Life Goes On", "I Ain't Mad at Cha" Makaveli (2Pac) – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Released: November 5, 1996 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 4x Platinum Singles: "Toss It Up", "To Live & Die in LA", "Hail Mary" Snoop Doggy Dogg – Tha Doggfather Released: November 12, 1996 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Doggfather", "Snoop's Upside Ya Head", "Vapors" Death Row Greatest Hits Released: November 26, 1996 Chart positions: No.36 Billboard Christmas on Death Row Released: December 5, 1996 Chart positions: No.155 Billboard Singles: "Santa Clause Goes Straight to the Ghetto" 1997 Gridlock'd Released: January 28, 1997 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: Platinum Singles: "Wanted Dead or Alive", "Lady Heroin", "It's Over Now" Lady of Rage – Necessary Roughness Released: June 4, 1997 Chart positions: No.32 Singles: "Sho Shot", "Get Wit' Da Wickedness" Gang Related Released: October 7, 1997 Chart positions: No.2 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x platinum Singles: "Made Niggaz" 1998 Daz Dillinger – Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back Released: March 31, 1998 Chart positions: No.8 Billboard RIAA certification: Gold Singles: "In California", "It Might Sound Crazy" Michel'le – Hung Jury Released: August 24, 1998 Chart positions: No.56 Billboard Singles: "Hang Tyme", "Can I Get A Witness?" 2Pac – Greatest Hits Released: November 24, 1998 Chart positions: No.3 Billboard RIAA certification: Diamond (10x Platinum) Singles: "Changes", "Unconditional Love" 1999 Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000 Released: April 27, 1999 Chart positions: No.11 Billboard RIAA certifications: Gold Singles: "Who Do U Believe In?", "Like It or Not" 2000 Too Gangsta for Radio Released: September 26, 2000 Chart positions: No.171 Billboard Singles: "Thug Nature" Snoop Doggy Dogg – Dead Man Walkin' Released: October 31, 2000 Chart positions: No.24 Billboard Singles: "Head Doctor" 2001 Tha Dogg Pound – 2002 Released: July 31, 2001 Chart positions: No.36 Billboard Singles: "Just Doggin'" Snoop Doggy Dogg – Death Row: Snoop Doggy Dogg at His Best Released: October 23, 2001 Chart positions: No.28 Billboard Singles: 2Pac – Until the End of Time Released: March 27, 2001 Chart positions: No.1 Billboard RIAA certification: 3x Platinum Singles: "Until the End of Time", "Letter 2 My Unborn" 2002 2Pac – Better Dayz Released: November 26, 2002 Chart positions: No.5 Billboard RIAA certification: 2x Platinum Singles: "Still Ballin'", "Thugz Mansion", "Who Do U Believe In?" 2003 Dysfunktional Family Released: March 11, 2003 Chart positions: No.95 Billboard Singles: "Dysfunktional Family" 2Pac – Nu-Mixx Klazzics Released: October 7, 2003 Chart positions: No.15 Billboard 2005 The Very Best of Death Row Released: February 22, 2005 Kurupt – Against the Grain Released: August 23, 2005 Chart positions: No.60 Billboard 2007 2Pac – Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2 Released: August 14, 2007 Chart positions: No.45 Billboard 2009 Dr. Dre – The Chronic Re-Lit Released: September 1, 2009 Snoop Doggy Dogg – Death Row: The Lost Sessions Vol. 1 Released: October 13, 2009 Chart positions:No.129 Billboard Death Row The Ultimate Collection Released: November 24, 2009 2010 Kurupt – Down & Dirty Released: April 9, 2010 Danny Boy – It's About Time Released: April 20, 2010 Crooked I – Hood Star Released: June 16, 2010 2011 Sam Sneed – Street Scholars Released: January 25, 2011 LBC Crew – Haven't You Heard... Released: February 8, 2011 O.F.T.B. – Damn Near Dead Released: July 12, 2011 Jewell – Black Diamond Released: TBC, November 2011 2012 20 To Life: Volume 1 Released: May 10, 2012 Tha Dogg Pound - Doggy Bag Released: July 3, 2012 20 To Life: Volume 2 Released: September 25, 2012

See also[edit] Death Row Records artists

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Further reading[edit] Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records, Ronin Ro, Doubleday, 1998, 384 pages, ISBN 0-385-49134-4 Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implications of Death Row Records' Suge by Randall Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly Press, April 2, 2002, 384 pages, ISBN 0-87113-838-7 The Killing of Tupac Shakur, by Cathy Scott, Huntington Press, 2002 (2nd ed), 235 pages, ISBN 0-929712-20-X Welcome to Death Row, Director: S. Leigh Savidge & Jeff Scheftel, (Video) 2001

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