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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1966 Birth Born on April 19, 1966.


1983 17 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated in 1983.


After college, Knight was not drafted by an National Football League (NFL) team, but was invited to the Los Angeles Rams training camp. He was cut by the Rams, but he became a replacement player during the 1987 NFL players' strike, and played two games for the Rams. … Read More
1988 - 1992 3 More Events
1993 27 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 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, he ran afoul of activist C. … Read More


1996 30 Years Old The same year, Knight offered to post a bail for Tupac Shakur if the rapper agreed to sign with Death Row. Shakur agreed, setting the stage for his 1996 double album All Eyez on Me and the songs "California Love" and "How Do U Want It".
1998 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Hammer released 2Pac's "Unconditional Love", on his Family Affair album, in 1998. … Read More
2002 36 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 41 Years Old In June 2007, he placed his 7 bedroom, 9½ bath home in Malibu on the market for 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 43 Years Old 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 44 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 46 Years Old On February 8, 2012, Knight was arrested in Las Vegas, after police found marijuana in his car and several warrants for prior traffic violations.
2014 48 Years Old 1 More Event
On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Knight was shot at a pre-Video Music Awards party hosted by Chris Brown in Los Angeles. … Read More
Knight was scheduled to return to court on January 27, 2015. … Read More


On January 22, 2016, media reported that lawyer Stephen L. Schwartz replaced Thomas Mesereau as Knight's lawyer. … Read More
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