Suge Knight

Suge Knight

Music Executive

Marion "Suge" Knight, Jr. is the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. Death Row Records rose to dominate the rap charts after Dr. Dre's breakthrough album The Chronic in 1992. After several years of chart successes for artists including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Outlawz and Tha Dogg Pound, Death Row Records stagnated after Knight's incarceration on parole violation charges in September 1996.… Read More

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1965 Birth Born on April 19, 1965.


1983 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated in 1983.


1985 20 Years Old In 1985, he transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and played there for two years.
After college, Knight was not drafted by an NFL team, but was cut during training camp by the Los Angeles Rams. However, he became a replacement player during the 1987 NFL players' strike, and played two games for the Rams. … Read More
1988 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 27 Years Old Initially, Knight fulfilled his ambitions: he secured a distribution deal with Interscope, and Dre's 1992 solo debut, The Chronic, went onto triple platinum status by the end of 1993. It also made a career for Dre's protégé, Snoop Dogg, whose own debut album Doggystyle obtained a quadruple platinum certification in 1994.
1993 28 Years Old Meanwhile, Death Row had begun a public feud with 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell, and when Knight traveled to Miami for a hip-hop convention in 1993, he was apparently seen openly carrying a stolen gun. … Read More


1995 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, he ran afoul of activist C. … Read More
1996 - 1997 2 More Events
1998 33 Years Old Hammer released 2Pac's "Unconditional Love", on his Family Affair album, in 1998. … Read More
2002 37 Years Old In 2002, Snoop released the song "Pimp Slapp'd", in which he repudiated Knight and Death Row.


In 2006, Snoop again attacked Knight verbally. … Read More
2007 42 Years Old In June 2007, he placed his 7 bedroom, 9½ bath home in Malibu on the market for $6.2 million as part of his "financial makeover". … Read More
On May 10, 2008, Knight was involved in an altercation involving a monetary dispute outside of a nightclub in Hollywood. … Read More
2009 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2009, Knight was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn to be treated for face injuries he received during an altercation at a private party in the W Scottsdale Hotel, where Knight was reportedly punched by Robert L. Carnes Jr. after exchanging words with him. … Read More
2010 45 Years Old Remaining items from Knight's personal property were auctioned in the first episode of Storage Wars on A&E, which aired on December 1, 2010.
2012 47 Years Old On February 8, 2012, Suge Knight was arrested in Las Vegas, after police found marijuana in his car and several warrants for prior traffic violations. … Read More
2014 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Knight was shot, at another pre-Video Music Awards party, this one hosted by Chris Brown, in Los Angeles. … Read More


Knight was scheduled to return to court on January 27, 2015.
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