Harry O – Co-Founder of Death Row Records Gets Released

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Michael “Harry-O” Harris, 60, is a music executive who financed the record label known for signing 2pac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg. While serving prison terms totaling more than 40 years, he financed the start of Death Row Records in 1990s. He reportedly gave a $1.5 million investment to the label’s co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight. The label became an extremely successful business venture for both Harris and Knight, selling 18 million albums and earning more than $325 million during its first four years.

Harris was serving a prison sentence over drug trafficking and attempted murder charges at the Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc in California. He was scheduled to be released from jail in October of 2028. President Trump on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Death Row Records’ co-founder Michael “Harry O” Harris for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking, a friend who advocated for his release told The Post. Harris, 59, got word he’d been granted clemency at Lompoc Federal Correctional Institution in California, said Weldon Angelos, who received his own pardon from Trump in December.

Angelos said Harris sent him an email saying, “Thank God. God is great. It feels like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders.” The move came shortly after it was revealed that rapper Snoop Dogg had been secretly lobbying the White House on behalf of Harris. Snoop’s efforts came even though he’s been an outspoken critic of Trump — and even made a video in which he pretended to shoot a clown dressed as the president. “This is a huge win for hip-hop.” Trump is expected to officially announce a batch of last-minute pardons before Wednesday’s noon inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Written by: Samantha Watts-Hopkins

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