Suge Knight

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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1965 in Compton, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

American Dream/ American Knightmare 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Wendy Williams Is On Fire 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Biggie & Tupac 2002 (Movie)

Himself--CEO of Death Row Records (Actor)

Suge Knight: The BET Interview 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

DysFunKtional Family 2003 (Movie)

Additional Film Score (Music)

DysFunKtional Family 2003 (Movie)

Soundtrack Album Producer (Music Producer)
Producer (1)

Murder Was the Case 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

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.

Milestones

1995

Signed Tupac Shakur to Death Row Records

1993

Released the critically acclaimed Snoop Dogg album "Doggystyle"

1992

Released the critically acclaimed Dr. Dre album "The Chronic"

1991

Founded Death Row Records

1989

Recruited The D.O.C. from Ruthless Records over to Death Row Records

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