Suge Knight (born Marion Hugh Knight, Jr.; 04.19.1965)
Suge Knight is the founder of Black Kapital Records and former Death Row Records CEO; the latter of which is famous for its work with Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Early Life: Suge Knight was born in Compton, California and attended Lynwood High School where he excelled at football and track. He landed a football scholarship at El Camino College, but he later transferred to the University of Nevada. Though he wasn't officially drafted by the NFL, he acted as a replacement for the Los Angeles Rams during a players' strike in 1987. He then ended his football career and started working as a concert promoter and even became a security guard for singer Bobby Brown. Despite his nickname coming from his childhood name 'Sugar Bear', he was arrested twice in 1987 - once for domestic violence against his then girlfriend and again for trying to steal a car and shooting the owner.
Career: Suge Knight began his music career by setting up a music-publishing company to which Vanilla Ice was forced to give the royalties for his hit 'Ice Ice Baby', after the song's writer Mario Johnson began working for Knight. Vanilla Ice later accused Knight of threatening to throw him over a balcony. Knight co-founded Death Row Records in 1991 with Dr. Dre and The D.O.C., formerly of N.W.A. The label released Dre's solo album 'The Chronic' the following year to platinum status, with similar success later coming out of Snoop Dogg's debut 'Doggystyle'. In 1995, Knight bailed Tupac Shakur out of prison in exchange for him signing to Death Row. That year also saw MC Hammer join the label. Some time after the death of Tupac, Dr. Dre left the company after becoming angry with the level of violence in its dealings. In 1997, Knight was accused of murdering Tupac's rival Notorious B.I.G. following the former's death in a drive-by shooting. Later theories suggested he was involved in both killings in a bid to stop Tupac signing with another label. Snoop Dogg was open about his belief that Knight killed both rappers, and wrote about it in his 2002 song 'Pimp Slapp'd' that he released independently after leaving Death Row. In 2006, Knight began a struggle with bankruptcy in his company and was finally forced to sell the label to Global Music Group in 2008.
Personal life: Suge Knight spent four years in prison between 1997 and 2001 for probation violation. He later returned there in 2003 after assaulting an attendant in a parking lot. In 2008, police spotted him beating his girlfriend outside a strip club and threatening her with a knife. He was cleared of any charges, however, after the woman failed to take the incident to court. The following year he was accused of being involved in the burglary of Noel 'Detail' Fisher's house and in 2012 he was arrested for numerous traffic violations and possession of marijuana. Knight has six children.
Knight pleaded 'no contest' in his latest court appearance on Thursday, and will be sentenced on October 4th.
Fallen hip-hop mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight is facing the prospect of 28 years in prison, after entering a plea of no contest to a charge of manslaughter over the death of a man in Los Angeles nearly four years ago.
The 53 year old Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea at Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (September 20th), just days before jury selection had been due to begin in a trial for the long-delayed case.
Knight is charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after he fled the scene of an altercation outside a burger stand in Compton in January 2015. He had been involved in a scuffle with Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan, which ended with Knight injuring Sloan with a pick-up truck and also running over a businessman, Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.
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Suge Knight allegedly blamed his ex-wife and a security official for the death of Tupac - but that's not what his lawyer says.
Rumours have recently emerged that Suge Knight has finally opened up about who he believed was responsible for the killing of his friend Tupac Shakur in 1996, apparently blaming both his ex-wife Sharitha and Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr.
Suge Knight snapped at will.i.am Trans4m event in 2013
The claims were allegedly inspired by the forthcoming documentary 'Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton' and also suggested that Suge believed he was the intended target of the shooting. He is thought to have opened up after the shock of discovering that the filmmakers got the theory right.
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In a $300 million lawsuit, Knight claims that Dre, his former Death Row Records partner, tried to have him killed in an argument over unpaid money due.
The imprisoned former hip-hop mogul Suge Knight has sensationally alleged that Dr. Dre of hiring a hitman to execute him on two separate occasions.
In court papers obtained by TMZ on Monday (October 24th), Marion “Suge” Knight accuses the Apple Music and Beats entrepreneur – formerly his business partner in the once-thriving rap label Death Row Records – tried to have him murdered in September 2014, and then again a few months later.
Dr Dre at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016
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A judge has denied Suge Knight’s request to lower his bail from $10 million.
Unless Suge Knight wants to pay $10 million, he’s not getting out of prison anytime soon. The rap mogul, who stands accused of murder, was in court on Friday (17th July) in order to request his bail be reduced from $10 million. The Los Angeles judge declined Knight’s request and he’s headed straight back into jail to await his trial.
Suge Knight photographed in West Hollywood in 2010.
The rap mogul is charged with murder and attempted murder after a hit and run incident in January.
A Los Angeles' judge has ruled that rap mogul Suge Knight should stand trial for murder, even though a key witness has refused to identify him in court. The Death Row Records founder was arrested back in January and has been in custody ever since, with his bail set at $10 million.
Suge Knight will stand trial for murder.
The Associated Press reports that Cle "Bone" Sloan, one of the men Knight’s accused of running over, had told police at the time of the incident that it was the 49 year driving the vehicle that struck him and the deceased, Terry Carter. However, when Sloan testified in April, he would not say that Knight ran them over.
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Suge Knight refused to head to the courtroom on Wednesday.
Suge Knight, the rap music mogul who is accused of robbery and murder in two separate cases, refused to leave his jail cell on Wednesday to face superior court judge Ronald S Coen in a hearing regarding the former charge. Knight said he was sick though a judge stopped short of having him forcibly removed.
Suge Knight refused to leave his prison cell on Wednesday
Instead, judge Coen delayed Wednesday's hearing to coincide with Knight's hearing in his murder case, set for Friday (May 29). However, the judge said he would take a harder line with Knight, who is accused with the comedian Katt Williams of stealing a celebrity photographer's camera. In the other case, Knight is accused of running down two men with his pickup truck, killing one and seriously injuring the other.
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Knight's attorney is reported by the LA Times as saying that the boxer will pony up his client's bail fee if he wins on Saturday night.
Former hip-hop production kingpin Marion “Suge” Knight, facing a murder charge, may soon be freed from custody. Boxer floyd mayweather, a friend of Knight’s, has reportedly pledged to pay his $10 million bail if he wins his fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night.
Knight’s attorney, Matthew Fletcher, is quoted as saying “they’re good friends - that’s one of his wealthiest friends” and that he expects the boxer to pay up his client’s huge bail fee if he is victorious.
Suge Knight may be bailed out of custody by boxer Floyd Mayweather
Video footage allegedly showing Suge Knight running over two men at a drive-through has been released by a Los Angeles court.
A video of Suge Knight allegedly running over two men with his truck has been released to the media by a Los Angeles court. The footage is expected to play a key role in the record producer's murder trial and was previewed by the judge at a preliminary hearing on Friday (18th April).
Footage allegedly showing Suge Knight running over two men has been released.
The 49 year old appeared in court on Thursday where a judge ruled he would stand trial.
Suge Knight will stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges, Superior Court judge Ronald Coen ruled on Thursday. At the hearing, the judge rejected Knight's argument that he acted in self-defence when he struck two men with his pickup truck in January, killing one and seriously injuring the other.
Suge Knight is facing murder and attempted murder charges.
After the ruling Knight was taken to hospital from the courtroom for the fifth time, for an undisclosed medical emergency, according to the sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.
Continue reading: Rap Mogul Suge Knight Ordered To Stand Trial On Murder Charge
According to his lawyer, Knight has been mistreated, while in custody.
On Friday, rap mogul Suge Knight had his day in court over the hit-and-run charge he incurred last month, but the proceedings were marked by a pretty dramatic event - namely, the defendant losing consciousness after the verdict was announced.
Has Suge Knight been mistreated?
Shortly after the judge set his bail at $25 million, Knight collapsed, according to Fox News. Defense attorney Matthew Fletcher said Knight was unconscious when the lawyer left the courtroom and an update on his condition was not immediately available.
Suge Knight and Suge Knight - Hip-Hop Producer Suge Knight sighted smoking a cigar walking on Wilshire Boulevard - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 28th December 2012
American record producer,founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records, Suge Knight was snapped as he dropped his son off at Los Angeles International airport in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th January 2015
Suge Knight - Suge Knight seen sitting in his car at the Four Seasons hotel. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 14th May 2014
Suge Knight Beverly Hills, California, United States Hip-Hop Producer Suge Knight sighted smoking a cigar walking on Wilshire Boulevard Friday 28th December 2012
Suge Knight Wednesday 3rd March 2010 departs club Voyeur in West Hollywood Los Angeles, California