The rise and fall of Death Row Records founder Suge Knight seemed drawn from the annals of crime fiction, with its stories of murder, intimidation, rampant corruption and greed. The distinction would have most likely pleased Knight, who allegedly ruled his label, one of the most successful hip-hop labels in music history, like a Mob chieftain, using fear and physical violence to keep his artists and employees in fealty. Despite the reputation of the label and its leader, Death Row released some of the most popular and acclaimed rap albums of the 1990s, including Dr. Dre's <i>The Chronic</i> (1992), Snoop Dogg's <i>Doggystye</i> (1993) and Tupac Shakur's <i>All Eyez on Me</i> (1996). But Knight's grip on the industry and his label began to loosen in 1996 through well-publicized feuds with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and the subsequent murder of Shakur, which Knight was alleged to have orchestrated. A 1997 parole violation sent Knight to prison for five years, during which his artists revolted against their malevolent ruler, effectively upending Death Row and rendering him broke and widely despised. Knight would ultimately serve as a cautionary tale for aspiring entertainment moguls, as well as those who hewed too closely to the thug-life credo inherent to elements of hip-hop.