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That Time The Lox Almost Signed to Death Row Records

"Suge told us get on a red eye with how many ever people we want."

Kymmi Cee // Revolt

In the early 1990s, before thug-hearted rap trio The Lox jumped from the hard knock streets of Yonkers and landed on the music equivalent to the NBA's glorious Dream Team Bad Boy Records, they made their way onto DJ Clue's influential platform: the mixtape.

With Clue, the mayor of the street mixtape scene, championing Jadakiss, Sheek Louch and Styles P early on, he allowed them to set it off on cuts like "Back 2 Back," a DJ Premier-produced remix of Showbiz & A.G.’s "Next Level," the rugged Cheers facelift "Well, Well, Well" — all records that appeared on the Show Me The Money tape — and from there they bounced on a slew of other instrumentals like basketballs. In addition to setting it off on other cuts alongside Main Source, DMX, Mary J. Blige, it didn't take long for the mixtape bullies to court some label offers.

They'd eventually sign to Bad Boy Records in 1996, which was complimented with the classic posse cut "You'll See." But before inking the storied deal, the trio was fielding other offers, including one by a man named Suge Knight.

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