Meet Lydia

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Lydia Harris, is a woman who has made a name for herself in the music industry as a music executive, and one of the key figures in the founding and development of the groundbreaking label, Death Row Records. Some have come to recognize Lydia as the real “Cookie Lyon” this because of the strong similarities between Lydia’s story and that of the fictional character on the hit tv series, Empire .

So let’s think a little bit about Godfather Entertainment and Death Row Records. We came together to create a major entertainment empire that would include recordings, movies, concerts, and merchandise, and at the beginning all of us had major parts to play.— Lydia Harris, Married to the Game

With ex-husband, Michael “Harry O” Harris and Suge Knight, Lydia can be accredited for kickstarting the label that moved hip hop into mainstream pop culture. Death Row Records was not only groundbreaking as the West Coast leader in rap music, It also contributed to the success of iconic artists such as Dr Dre, and Tupac, and introduced the world to Snoop Dogg. Originally a recording artist on the label, Lydia saw an opportunity for the small label to compete with the majors if the proper planning and funding was put in place. She brought her then husband to the table, they struck a partnership, and the rest is hip-hop history. Unfortunately, Lydia’s contribution to the label’s growth was somehow forgotten, or overlooked by the men involved, and she’s had to fight for her rightful place as one of the first female bosses in hip hop music.

Lydia has always been a bold advocate for using her voice and platform for the elevation of the culture, and the contribution to the success of many talented rappers. It has been that boldness that has enabled her to speak up against injustices in her own life. At the fall of Death Row Records and the imprisonment of many associates, Lydia was left with not just the business, but a long road of hardships to follow as a result. Owed $107 million from the label, she was forced to file a lawsuit against the label and Suge Knight.
Not one to allow anything to stop her, Lydia charged full speed ahead with her career, all the while fighting to gain back what is rightfully hers. 

This was already an intense and exciting chapter in our lives. Dr. Dre, Warren G, D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Tha Dog Pound, Jewell Payton, Glove, Rage, DJ Unknown, the rapper Black, the producer Chocolate – these and many other industry figures were virtually living at the studio, and it was a madhouse! 

Lydia has always been a bold advocate for using her voice and platform for the elevation of the culture, and the contribution to the success of many talented rappers.  It has been that boldness that has enabled her to speak up against injustices in her own life. At the fall of Death Row Records and the imprisonment of many associates, Lydia was left with not just the business, but a long road of hardships to follow as a result. Owed $107 million from the label, she was forced to file a lawsuit against the label and Suge Knight. 

Not one to allow anything to stop her, Lydia charged full speed ahead with her career, all the while fighting to gain back what is rightfully hers. With a determination to achieve success despite all odds, she has continued to build a legacy.  Her documentary, “Welcome to Death Row,” which she executive produced, received critical acclaim, and she turned her love for cooking into a new stream of income after becoming a trained chef.  Being the entrepreneur that she is, Lydia purchased food trucks and a restaurant called Lydia’s Grill & Catering.  

Stay tuned! There’s much more to come from Lydia Harris.

New Books Coming Soon!

Married to the Game

Media Contact 

Girl in Charge Public Relations (GICPR)
Amy Malone, Certified Public Relations Specialist

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