Suge Knight
Music executive
Suge Knight
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.
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Hillary Clinton Jokes About Her 'Death Row Records' Fashion Inspiration
Huffington Post - 4 months
“I think Death Row and a lot of other fashion sources have influenced my look” - A thing Hillary Clinton said pic.twitter.com/ygmSutm3Dk — Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 26, 2016 Politicians do a lot to engage our nation’s youth. They join Snapchat. They appear in viral videos. They even troll people on Twitter. Hillary Clinton’s latest attempt at engaging young voters is pretty epic Clinton appeared on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club Wednesday to chat about a whole bunch of things. Most importantly, she addressed the hilarious, now-famous meme that suggests she drew debate style inspiration from the likes of Tupac, Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg ― all Death Row Records artists.  We gone sit here and act like Hillary Clinton ain't been representing Death Row Records at all 3 debates? pic.twitter.com/z6ZWzQJ6O6 — BlackGoldLuxury.com (@double_cupp_me) October 20, 2016 After asking if she ever looks at the memes made about her, co-host Charlamag ...
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'Suge' Knight claims Dr. Dre paid to have him killed
CNN - 4 months
Marion "Suge" Knight has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre claiming 30% of the rapper's earnings and that he attempted to have him killed.
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Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Alleging Murder for Hire Plot - RollingStone.com
Google News - 4 months
RollingStone.com Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Alleging Murder for Hire Plot RollingStone.com Suge Knight has sued Dr. Dre claiming that the rapper had hired a hit man to attempt to kill him, among other charges. Credit: Robert Mora/Getty, Kevin Winter/Getty. By Kory Grow. 15 hours ago. More News. Suge Knight Sues Chris Brown Over Nightclub ... Suge Knight Accuses Dr. Dre of Hiring a Hitman to Have Him Killed in New LawsuitBillboard Suge Knight files suit claiming Dr. Dre hired hitmen to kill himNew York Daily News Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Claims Murder for Hire PlotRadio.com Music and Entertainment News USA TODAY -E! Online -The Grio -PerezHilton.com all 72 news articles »
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Michel’le Opens Up About Her Abusive Relationship With Dr. Dre
Huffington Post - 5 months
Michel’le wants to clear up any misconceptions or rumors about her past relationships with the network debut of her biopic “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le.” The Lifetime original film ― starring Rhyon Nicole Brown (Michel’le), Curtis Hamilton (Dr. Dre), Jamie Kennedy (music manager Jerry Heller) and R. Marcos Taylor reprising his “Straight Outta Compton” role as Suge Knight ― will chronicle the R&B singer’s humble beginnings during N.W.A.’s meteoric rise in the music industry to her past abusive romance with Dr. Dre. The relationship prompted a downward spiral into substance abuse for the chart-topping singer ― known for her late ‘80s hits “No More Lies” and “Something In My Heart” ― before her later turbulent relationship with Dre’s then business partner and Death Row Records co-founder, Marion “Suge” Knight. The singer-songwriter, later, had a son with Dre and a daughter with Knight. She told The Huffington Post that the omission of her involvement in ...
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A Letter To Tupac Shakur, 20 Years Later
Huffington Post - 5 months
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Dear Tupac: There is a lot I want to say to you, so much so that I do not know where to begin. There is rarely a day or week that I do not think about your life, and your death, since that fateful day on Friday, September 13, 1996. I have tried, at times, and with great failure, to block you out of my head, to ignore the people who've asked me mad questions about you, about the circumstances of your death. I've been utterly frustrated, even, when it felt, during these past twenty years, like my life, in some ways, and for whatever reasons, is at least partially linked to yours. Maybe I should simply start at the beginning. When I first heard of you, it was when your debut album, "2Pacalypse Now," had just been released. We were still in what we now call the Golden Era of hip-hop, when an incredible and diverse range of rap music was being produced, it felt, every single month, from one new artist or another. At the time, groups like N.W.A and ...
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Suge Knight sues Chris Brown over 2014 Los Angeles club shooting
Reuters.com - 8 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former rap music producer Marion "Suge" Knight sued singer Chris Brown on Monday in connection with a shooting at a West Hollywood nightclub in 2014 that left him with seven gunshot wounds.
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Suge Knight sues Chris Brown over 2014 nightclub shooting, links it to 2015 charges
LATimes - 8 months
Marion “Suge” Knight is suing Chris Brown and the owners of a West Hollywood nightclub over a shooting in which the rap producer was hit multiple times during a party hosted by the singer in 2014. The 51-year-old former mogul, who’s in jail awaiting trial on murder and attempted murder charges,...
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APNewsBreak: Suge Knight Sues Chris Brown Over Club Shooting
Yahoo News - 8 months
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Kathy Griffin: "No One Has The Donald Trump Stories I Have"
Huffington Post - 9 months
As she tours the country on her ever-growing eighty stop comedy tour, Kathy Griffin is eviscerating Kardashians, Donald Trump, and everyone in between. With razor sharp wit and masterful timing, Griffin is the go-to performer to get the real deal on current events and pop culture, mostly because she knows them personally! We sat down with her as she prepared for the Wild West Comedy Festival to chat about Blac Chyna, her darling and wine swilling mother Maggie, and Mr. Trump himself. So I have managed to get some free time with you on your insane eighty stop tour! Next up; Nashville for the Wild West Comedy Festival on May 21st! How is it going to be doing Kathy Griffin in the red state of Tennessee? My show in Nashville is going to be all new material! Here's the thing; Tennessee is a red state but Nashville is a blue city. I'm gonna give em' a beat down about this "HB1840" law thing, I'm gonna hassle em! You know, it's getting crazier, and that's where I come in. One o ...
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Suge Knight to face August 1 trial on hit-and-run murder charge: report
Reuters.com - 12 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight will stand trial on Aug. 1 for murder charges stemming from a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles, a judge ordered on Friday, according to a local media report.
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'Suge' Knight drops Michael Jackson attorney in murder case
LATimes - about 1 year
Former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has a new lawyer in a murder case filed after authorities said he ran over two men in a parking lot last year in Compton. Former prosecutor Stephen L. Schwartz has replaced Thomas Mesereau, who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child molestation...
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Suge Knight, Katt Williams plead not guilty in robbery case
Yahoo News - over 1 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams pleaded not guilty Tuesday to robbery charges filed against them after a celebrity photographer accused them of taking her camera last year.
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Suge Knight to face trial on charge of stealing paparazzo's camera
Reuters.com - over 1 year
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday ordered onetime rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams to stand trial on charges of robbing a paparazzi photographer of her camera.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Suge Knight
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On July 22, 2016, a Los Angeles judge denied Suge Knight the right to know the identities of several key witnesses in the criminal case involving the alleged murder of Terry Carter, citing the rap mogul's long history of violence.
    More Details Hide Details Suge Knight reportedly got emotional after the ruling, stating that because of his health problems, he will die in jail if not given a fair chance to defend himself against the murder charges.
    On May 19, 2016, it was reported by the New York Daily News that Knight's mother was hospitalized and fluid was found around her heart.
    More Details Hide Details In hearing this "J. Tooson is heading to court Monday on Knight’s behalf to ask for a 'narrowly tailored' visitation order that would restore his client’s ability to call and visit with his immediate family while he awaits trial in his pending murder case."
    On January 22, 2016, media reported that lawyer Stephen L. Schwartz replaced Thomas Mesereau as Knight's lawyer.
    More Details Hide Details On May 9, 2016, criminal defense attorneys Antoine D. Williams, Jamal Tooson, and Jeremy Lessem replaced Stephen Schwartz and Thaddeus Culpepper.
  • 2015
    On July 17, 2015, Knight's lawyer claimed that Knight may have a brain tumor.
    More Details Hide Details This information came the same day that Suge's request for lower bail was refused.
    On April 16, 2015, Knight's bail was reduced from the previous to.
    More Details Hide Details As of August, he remained in jail.
    On March 20, 2015, a court set bail for his release for.
    More Details Hide Details Knight was reported to have collapsed shortly after the bail setting was announced.
    On March 3, 2015, Knight was transported to a hospital after he told a judge that he was suffering from blindness and other complications.
    More Details Hide Details Knight admitted firing attorneys handling his murder case and claimed he was receiving inadequate medical treatment while in custody.
    On January 29, 2015, Knight was involved in a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another hospitalized in Compton, California.
    More Details Hide Details Knight turned himself in to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department early the next morning and was arrested on suspicion of murder. Killed was Terry Carter, co-founder of Heavyweight Records and a friend of Knight. The second victim, filmmaker Cle Sloan, suffered a mangled foot and head injuries. Witnesses claim that Knight followed the men after an argument on the Straight Outta Compton film set to a burger stand parking lot, and that the collision looked intentional. Security footage video was released online in early March showing Knight running over both men but which Knight's attorney said helps his client's self-defense claim.
    Knight was scheduled to return to court on January 27, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details In the Death Row Records bankruptcy case he claimed to be owed $144 million. According to Eminem's bodyguard, who goes by the name Big Naz, Suge Knight allegedly tried to have Eminem killed.
  • 2014
    On October 29, 2014, Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested for the theft of a camera from photographer Leslie Redden in an incident which occurred in Beverly Hills on September 5.
    More Details Hide Details Both men were charged with second degree robbery. Because of his prior convictions, Knight may receive 30 years in prison. Knight's attorney Richard Schonfeld announced during an extradition and bail hearing that Knight experienced dizziness and chest pain after falling in jail. He was taken to University Medical Center. As stated by Knight's attorney Julia Raye, there doctors found a blood clot in his lung and she attributed Knight's shooting two months prior as the cause. On November 5, Knight pleaded not guilty to having stolen the photographer's camera, after which he was immediately taken into custody on bail, as stated by district attorney's office spokeswoman Jane Robison. Everlert Entertainment posted his bail.
    On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Knight was shot at a pre-Video Music Awards party hosted by Chris Brown in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Although shot six times, he was able to walk from the venue to an ambulance. His injuries required surgery. It is reported by investigators that evidence from closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showed that Knight was the intended target of the shooting. Knight was released from the hospital on August 27. Friend Keith Middlebrook told the New York Daily News that Knight returned home with the intentions to "heal up in a few days and be stronger than ever". Knight has so far refused to cooperate with law enforcement on the matter. On November 13, 2015 BET reported Jeezy claimed on the Breakfast Club that he would have been shot had he not been pushed out of the way just prior to the shots.
  • 2012
    On February 8, 2012, Knight was arrested in Las Vegas, after police found marijuana in his car and several warrants for prior traffic violations.
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  • 2010
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Officers saw Carnes punch Knight and arrested Carnes and Thomas Leon Anderson Jr., both of whom were accused of assault and disorderly conduct. Knight started a new record label called Blackball Records, with its first artist Young Life and current label A&R Lesane Casino from Baltimore, Maryland and featured it in a reality show, Unfinished Business. The show was based on Knight dispelling long-standing rumors in sit down interviews, his days with Death Row and the artists he worked with, and finding new talent for his record label. As of April 2009, the show had not been picked up by any major network. The label name has since been changed to Black Kapital Records.
  • 2008
    As part of an October 30, 2008 bankruptcy claim, Knight also filed a lawsuit against Kanye West and his associates.
    More Details Hide Details The lawsuit concerns an August 2005 shooting at West's pre-Video Music Awards party, where Knight was wounded by a gunshot to the upper leg. The lawsuit cites damages of mental and physical pain caused by the shooting, costs of surgery, loss of income and the theft of a diamond earring.
    On December 5, 2008, Knight was cleared of all charges.
    More Details Hide Details Knight's attorney, David Chesnoff, said the prosecution had "discovery problems and witness problems". When Knight was asked about the positive verdict he replied "God is good, Happy Holidays".
    On August 27, 2008, Knight was arrested on drug and aggravated assault charges after leaving a Las Vegas strip club.
    More Details Hide Details When police arrived on the scene, Knight was beating his girlfriend of three years, Melissa Isaac, and brandishing a knife. Reports also alleged that he was under the influence of both ecstasy and hydrocodone.
    In June 2008, he sold Death Row Records to New York-based company Global Music Group, which confirmed it had purchased the firm in a statement to the Associated Press news agency. On January 25, 2009, an auction was held for everything found in the Death Row Records office after the company filed for bankruptcy, including some of Knight's personal items.
    More Details Hide Details Of note was the Death Row Records electric chair which sold for. Some of Knight's personal items appeared in an auction during the debut episode of A&E's Storage Wars, and a vault full of items (including a coat) was purchased by featured buyer Barry Weiss. In 1996, Knight was sent to prison for a probation violation. In February 1997, he was sentenced to nine years for the violation. He was released on August 6, 2001. In 2003, he was sent to prison again for violating parole when he struck a parking lot attendant. Death Row Records' income rapidly declined due to Knight's incarceration. It managed to save itself from complete bankruptcy by releasing archived Snoop Dogg compilation albums and posthumous Tupac albums. Despite signing new artists, Knight never released any of their albums.
    On May 10, 2008, Knight was involved in an altercation involving a monetary dispute outside of a nightclub in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details He was knocked out for 3 minutes, taken to the hospital, and reportedly did not cooperate with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
  • 2007
    In June 2007, he placed his 7 bedroom, 9½ bath home in Malibu on the market for as part of his "financial makeover".
    More Details Hide Details The mansion was finally sold in December 2008 in bankruptcy court for.
  • 2006
    In 2006 Knight was engaged in another dispute with former friend and ex-associate Snoop Dogg after Snoop insulted him in Rolling Stone.
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    Finally on July 7, 2006, the federal judge, Ellen Carroll, ordered a bankruptcy trustee takeover of Suge Knight's Death Row Records, saying the record label had undergone a gross amount of mismanagement.
    More Details Hide Details He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which allows a company to continue business operations while restructuring. Death Row was being operated by Neilson during the bankruptcy proceedings, while Knight oversaw his bankruptcy estate as a debtor in possession.
    On April 4, 2006, Suge Knight filed bankruptcy due to civil litigation against him in which Lydia Harris claimed to have been cheated out of a 50% stake in Death Row Records.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to filing, Knight had been ordered to pay to Harris. Under questioning by creditors, he denied having money tucked away in foreign countries or in an African company that deals in diamonds and gold. Bankruptcy documents filed showed Knight had no income this year from employment or operation of a business. According to financial records, his bank account contained just, and he owned clothing worth, furniture and appliances valued at, and jewelry worth. He also testified that the last time he had checked the label's financial records was at least 10 years prior. Knight's lawyer said that his client was still "at the helm" of Death Row and had been working on securing distribution deals for the label’s catalog. Harris told reporters she had received a payment but had not agreed to settle the matter. "I'm telling you, I didn't do a settlement for. That's ridiculous. Let's keep it real," she said.
    In 2006, Snoop again attacked Knight verbally.
    More Details Hide Details Knight responded, stating that Snoop was a "police informer" who "never goes to jail".
  • 2002
    In 2002, Snoop released the song "Pimp Slapp’d", in which he repudiated Knight and Death Row.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    After Shakur's death and the release of Tha Doggfather, Snoop Dogg openly criticized Knight for the murder of Shakur and left the label in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details He signed with Master P's No Limit Records and then forming his own record label, Doggystyle Records.
    Hammer released 2Pac's "Unconditional Love", on his Family Affair album, in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The friendships between Hammer (played by Romany Malco), Tupac (played by Lamont Bentley) and Suge (played by Anthony Norris) were depicted in the television film, Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (airing on VH1 in 2001). The label shrank when Dr. Dre, frustrated with the company's increasingly thuggish reputation and Knight's violent inclinations, decided to leave and form his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. A stream of Dre-dissing records followed. Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 7, 1996 and died six days later on September 13, 1996. When Shakur's East Coast rival, The Notorious B.I.G. (AKA Biggie Smalls), was murdered in a similar drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 1997, speculation arose that Knight was involved and that B.I.G.'s death was a revenge killing. Former Death Row artists, including Snoop Dogg, also later accused Knight of being involved in Tupac's murder.
  • 1996
    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".
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  • 1995
    Knight's feud with East Coast entrepreneur Sean Combs ("Puff Daddy") progressed when Knight insulted the Bad Boy label founder on air at the Source Awards in August 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Openly critical of Combs's tendency of ad-libbing on his artists' songs and dancing in their videos, Knight announced to the audience, "Anyone out there who wanna be a recording artist and wanna stay a star, but don't have to worry about the executive producer trying to be all in the videos, all on the records, dancing, come to Death Row."
    In 1995, he ran afoul of activist C.
    More Details Hide Details Delores Tucker, whose criticism of Death Row's glamorization of the "gangsta" lifestyle may have helped scuttle a lucrative deal with Time Warner.
  • 1993
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he opened a private, by-appointment-only nightclub in Las Vegas called Club 662, so named because the numbers spelled out MOB on telephone keypads, MOB standing for Member of Bloods.
  • 1992
    Initially, Knight fulfilled his ambitions: he secured a distribution deal with Interscope, and Dre's 1992 solo debut, The Chronic, went on to Triple Platinum status in the United States 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 the United States in 1994.
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  • 1991
    Ultimately, Dre and D.O.C. co-founded Death Row Records in 1991 with Knight, who vowed to make it "the Motown of the ’90s".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    M.C. Hammer's (Stanley Kirk Burrell) relationship with Suge Knight dates back to 1988.
    More Details Hide Details With the success of Hammer's 1994 album, The Funky Headhunter (featuring Tha Dogg Pound), Hammer signed with Death Row Records by 1995, along with Snoop Dogg and his close friend, Tupac. The label did not release the album of Hammer's music (titled Too Tight) while he had a career with them, although he did release versions of some tracks on his next album. However, Hammer did record tracks with Shakur and others, most notably the song "Too Late Playa" (along with Big Daddy Kane and Danny Boy). After the death of Shakur in 1996, Hammer left the record company. He later explained his concern about this circumstance in an interview on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) since he was in Las Vegas with Tupac the night of his death.
  • 1987
    On Halloween Night 1987, Knight was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada for auto theft, carrying a concealed weapon and attempted murder.
    More Details Hide Details He had allegedly shot a man three times while stealing his car. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, and received two years probation. Two years later, Knight formed his own music publishing company. His first big profit in the business came when Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) agreed to sign over royalties from Van Winkle's smash hit "Ice Ice Baby", because the song included material written by Knight's client Mario Johnson. Knight and his bodyguards confronted Van Winkle several times. On one occasion, Knight entered Van Winkle's hotel room and allegedly dangled him by his ankles off the balcony. Van Winkle said only that Knight threatened to throw him off the balcony; the claim was resolved in court. Knight next formed an artist management company and signed prominent West Coast hip hop artists DJ Quik and The D.O.C. Through the former, he met several members of the seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A.
    In October 1987, Knight was arrested for domestic violencehe assaulted his girlfriend and cut off her ponytail on the street.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Later, he found work as a concert promoter and a bodyguard for celebrities including Bobby Brown.
  • 1983
    From 1983 to 1985, he attended and played football at El Camino College In 1985, he transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and played there for two years.
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    He graduated in 1983.
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  • OTHER
  • 1966
    Born on April 19, 1966.
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