Suge Knight was a big player in the music game, especially back in the 1990s. He was the one who co-founded Death Row Records, a label that played a major role in making gangsta rap popular. Before that, Knight played football in college and a bit in the NFL.
He became known for bailing out Tupac Shakur from jail and signing him to Death Row which led to the release of “All Eyez on Me” in 1996. But then, things went downhill when Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg left the label, and Tupac was killed in 1996, making Suge Knight’s reputation worse.
Suge Knight got into lots of trouble, went to jail several times for fighting, and in 2018, he admitted to causing a deadly car accident in 2015. Now, he is in prison for 28 years with a possibility of getting parole in 2034 if he’s allowed.
|Marion Hugh Knight Jr
|58 years old
|Date of Birth
|April 19, 1965
|Place of Birth
|Record Executive, Record producer & Businessman
|Father: Marion Knight Sr
Mother: Maxine Chatman
|Sharitha Knight (Sharitha Lee Golden)
Suge Knight Biography
Suge Knight, whose real name is Marion Hugh Knight Jr., was born to his parents Marion Knight Sr and Maxine Chatman. on April 19, 1965, in Compton, California, USA.
Suge has two siblings named Charlinda Tubbs and Karen Anderson. Unfortunately, there is not enough information on his siblings.
Regarding school, Knight went to Lynwood High School and graduated in 1983. While in school, he was actively involved in sports and became well-known in football and track.
Suge Knight Career
Before getting into music, Suge Knight started his career playing football back in the 1980s. He played football at El Camino College and later transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Although undrafted in the 1987 NFL Draft, he briefly joined the Los Angeles Rams during the 1987 NFL Players Strike, at 22.
After football, Knight became a concert promoter and worked as a bodyguard. Thanks to his good body build from his career in the NFL, he guarded celebrities such as Robert Barisford Brown Sr., aka Bobby Brown. In 1989, at 24, he started a music publishing company and had a confrontation with Vanilla Ice over song royalties.
Knight then formed an artist management company and signed hip-hop artists DJ Quik and Tracy Lynn Curry popularly known as The D.O.C.
Through Curry, Knight met other members of N.W.A.
In 1991, Dr. Dre, Tracy Lynn Curry, and Knight co-founded Death Row Records with the aim of establishing it as the “Motown of the ’90s.”
The label achieved incredible success with Dre’s debut studio album “The Chronic (1992)” and Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle,” both of which were certified triple and quadruple platinum in the US respectively. Moreover, “The Chronic” earned Dre his first Grammy award. The song was crowned the perfect XXL rating and made the list of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums in 1993.
Knight’s conflicts escalated, including a feud with Sean Combs at the Source Awards in 1995. He bailed out Tupac Shakur in 1995, leading to the release of Tupac’s successful album “All Eyez on Me.”
The label faced challenges, with Dr. Dre leaving in 1996 due to Knight’s violent reputation. Speculations arose linking Knight to the murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., though he was never charged. Knight’s involvement in the music industry saw both triumphs and controversies.
Beginning And End Of Death Row Records
In 1991, Death Row Records began with Dr. Dre, The D.O.C., and Suge Knight aiming to be the “Motown of the ’90s.” They did well initially, getting a deal with Interscope. This led to Dre’s “The Chronic” going triple platinum in 1993 and Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” going quadruple platinum in 1994.
Suge Knight had conflicts, like a feud with Luther Campbell and opening a nightclub in Las Vegas. Criticism from C. Delores Tucker in 1995 made a deal with Time Warner difficult. Knight and Sean Combs’ public rivalry at the Source Awards made Tupac Shakur join Death Row after Knight offered bail.
In 1995, M.C. Hammer, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac signed with Death Row, but challenges followed. Dr. Dre left in 1996, saying Knight’s violent reputation was the reason. The deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. led to theories about Knight’s involvement, but he was never charged.
Accusations about Knight and Eazy-E’s death came up due to their bad relationship. In a controversial interview, Knight hinted at a method involving HIV/AIDS-infected blood, sparking conspiracy theories around Eazy-E’s AIDS-related death in 1995.
Affiliated with the Mob Piru Bloods, Knight hired gang members for Death Row, leading to violence within the group. In 2006, Knight declared bankruptcy amid legal problems, and Death Row Records faced claims of mismanagement.
The label got auctioned off, with Wideawake Entertainment getting the catalog. In 2009, an auction featured Death Row items, including Knight’s stuff, and a vault got sold on A&E’s Storage Wars.
Suge Knight’s Legal Troubles & Prosecutions
In 1995, Suge Knight got in trouble with the law. He was put on probation for five years because he attacked two rappers in a recording studio in Hollywood back in 1992. Then, in 1996, he went to jail for breaking his probation.
This happened when he and his crew, including Tupac Shakur, attacked a guy named Orlando Anderson. Suge Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison in 1997, but he got out early in 2001.
In 2003, Suge Knight got into more legal trouble and was sent to prison for ten months because he broke the rules of his probation by hitting a parking lot attendant. During this time, his record company, Death Row Records, lost money because he kept going to jail. In 2006, he had a public fight with his former friend Snoop Dogg.
Suge Knight’s legal problems continued in 2008 when he was found to be a member of Mob Piru street gang during a gang crackdown by the authorities. and got into a fight outside of “Shag” nightclub.
He also filed for bankruptcy and sued Kanye West over a shooting in 2005 where he got hurt.
In 2014, there was a shooting at a party, and Suge Knight was injured but survived. He faced robbery and manslaughter charges in the following years, and his health issues, like blood clots and blindness, became known during the legal battles.
In September 2018, Suge Knight admitted to voluntary manslaughter and got a 28-year prison sentence. In 2017, he faced charges of threatening someone’s life, but they were dropped as part of a deal related to Terry Carter’s death.
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In 1999, while incarcerated, Suge Knight entered into a marriage with American R&B singer Michel’le. However, their union encountered difficulties, leading to a divorce six years later.
Notably, it was later revealed that their marriage was not legally valid, as Knight was still married to his ex-wife Sharitha Knight, now known as Sharitha Lee Golden.
Before his marriage to Sharitha, Knight was also romantically involved with a woman named Davina Barnes.
In 2018, Knight faced legal complexities involving his fiancée, Toi Lin Kelly, who received a three-year jail sentence. She was accused of aiding Knight in communicating with producers of a tell-all about Death Row Records in 2015.
Knight has 8 children out of which 5 are well-known children. The 5 are Taj, Arion, Posh, Suge Jacob, and Sosa Knight. The remaining 3 children are Andrew, Bailey, and Legend Knight.
His first child, Taj (born 1991), is the result of his relationship with Davina Barnes, while his daughter Arion (born 1993) was born during his marriage to Sharitha Lee Golden.
Furthermore, his affair with Michel’le resulted in the birth of his daughter Bailei in 2002. The remaining children were born outside the confines of marriage.
Suge Knight Physique
Knight is a pretty tall guy with a well-built body. His height is measured to be 6 feet 2 inches tall which is about 188 centimeters and 1.88 meters. To compensate for his height he weighs about 120 kilograms which is equivalent to 265 pounds.