Death Row Fears Dumping, Seeks Deal

Amid rumors that Interscope Records is under pressure to dump its distribution deal with Death Row Records, an informed source says that Death Row has been quietly meeting with other labels to see if they are interested in distributing the hardcore rap label's releases. An Interscope spokeswoman read a prepared statement: "Interscope Records has a contract to distribute Death Row Records, which is still in full force and effect." In other Death Row news, a spokesman for the law firm representing the administrators of the estate of Tupac Shakur in their suit against the label confirms a report in a Los Angeles legal journal that settlement negotiations are nearing completion.