Ed Sheeran was welcomed to Death Row Records by Snoop Dogg, who presented him with a large gold chain as a gift.
When you hear the name Death Row Records, Sheeran's pop-folk, acoustic love songs may not be the genre of music that immediately springs to mind.
On March 4th, the 32-year-old singer was spotted celebrating backstage at Snoop's Rod Laver Arena performance in Melbourne, Australia.
Having acquired Death Row Records last year, the 51-year-old rapper, who is now the owner of the label, chose to extend a warm welcome to Sheeran as a new member of the family.
A video posted on Instagram shows Snoop placing a thick gold chain featuring the Death Row label around the songwriter's neck.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the logo pendant from the jewelry collection has an estimated value of around $6,500 (£5,300).
The video, which was originally posted by the rapper and subsequently shared by @killadillacanam, a user responsible for arranging Snoop's DJ performances, states: "Welcome to Death Row."
While fastening the chain, the rapper utters: "We want to see all your videos, all your dressing rooms, all your drinks, smoking all your weed – come to Death Row."
Sheeran replies: "Well I'm in your dressing room, drinking all your drinks," before the two cheers.
However, the singer was not the sole individual to secure a memento of the occasion, as even Russell Crowe was spotted celebrating with the duo behind the scenes.
On another Instagram Story, the 58-year-old actor can be observed unwrapping his present while Snoop comments: "Come on, we're waiting on you, Death Row need that, we need that look."
Many viewers found the unexpected trio delightful, and numerous individuals posted comments on a photo featuring Sheeran wearing his new gold chain.
"A link up of all link ups," wrote one, while another said: "Oooh interesting!! Ed Sheeran and Snoop together."
A third added, "I love he's rockin the chain."
On Twitter, individuals expressed equal enthusiasm, with one person remarking: "Now I want a song of him with Snoop Dogg."
A second chimed in: "Ed Sheeran, Snoop Dogg and Russell Crowe hanging out last night in Melbourne is a vibe. I love."
Initially established in 1991 by Dr. Dre, The D.O.C., Michael 'Harry O' Harris, and Suge Knight, Death Row Records came into being.
The label housed an impressive list of prominent artists such as Snoop, Tupac Shakur, Tha Dogg Pound, MC Hammer, and Dre himself.
Nevertheless, the label encountered several obstacles throughout the years, such as following Tupac's demise, when Knight was accused of a parole violation and handed a nine-year sentence.
After Dre and Snoop left, the label filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and has since been owned by multiple parties, including a stint with the Hasbro Toy Company.
In February 2022, Snoop purchased the company from MNRK Music Group, thereby becoming the proprietor of the renowned hip-hop label.