Suge Knight net worth
Suge Knight net worth: Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr commonly known as Suge Knight is an American music executive, Producer, Former Football player and even a convicted criminal. Knight is the co-founder and CEO of Death Row Records, which dominated the Billboard 200 peaks for a long time after the massive success of Artists like Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Tupac Shakur, and few others. Death Row Records ceased to flow, after knight’ imprisonment in September 1996 and went Bankrupt in 2006.
Childhood and Early Days
Marion Hugh Knight Jr. was born on April 19, 1965, at Compton, California to his parents Maxine née Dikeman and Marion Knight Sr.
Suge is his common name derived from his childhood pet name Sugar Bear. Knight attended Lynwood High School in Lynwood where he pursued in Football while in 1983, he completed his graduation. This time, the Knight has become a professional football player, and he played football from 1983 to 1985 at El Camino College. Knight later transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and continued playing for another two years.
After his college days, Knight was not drafted by NFL but invited to attend Los Angeles Rams training camp. During 1987 NFL Player’s strike, Knight became replacement player and played two games for Rams.
Suge Knight in Music Industry
After the NFL, Knight looked for some employment as a show promoter and a protector for big names including Bobby Brown. In 1989, Knight framed his music distributing company.
His first enormous benefit in the business came when Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) consented to sign over sovereignties from his raving success “Ice Baby” because the melody included material composed by Knight’s customer Mario Johnson.
Knight and his protectors stood up to Van Winkle a few times. On one event, Knight went into Van Winkle’s lodging room and purportedly dangled him by his lower legs off the Balcony. Van Winkle said just that Knight debilitated to throw him from the balcony; the case settled in court.
The Rise of Death Row Records
Dr. Dre and The D.O.C. needed to leave both N.W.A and their label, Ruthless Records, kept running by Eazy-E, another individual from N.W.A. as indicated by N.W.A’s supervisor Jerry Heller, Knight, and his thugs debilitated Heller and Eazy-E with lead pipes and baseball bats to make them discharge Dre, The D.O.C., and Michel’le from their contracts. Ultimately, Dre and D.O.C. helped to establish Death Row Records in 1991 with Knight, who promised to make it “the Motown of the ’90s”.
The contract with Tupac Shakur in 1996 worked as an energy drink for the Death Row Records as he started his style of rapping. Death Row sold over 150 million copies worldwide making over $750 million in revenue. Death Row started losing market after Knight faced imprisonment on parole violations. It was the time when the most prominent member Dr.Dre left Death Row Records. Later Tupac was murdered in the passenger seat while Knight was driving in Las Vegas. Tupac Shakur death was a mystery.
Dr. Dre revealed why he left Death Row Records
- When Tupac killed, Snoop Dogg accused Knight of the murder plot, and it was proved to be accurate within a few days of the murder.
- It may be surprising, but Suge Knight even tried killing Eminem several times as described by Eminem’ Bodyguard Big Naz. According to Big Naz, He separated from Enimen during Source Award as bodyguards were not allowed to stay near Artists and here started the trouble.
- Knight filed a $300 million lawsuit against Dr.Dre, even accused Apple Music exec of hiring a hitman to kill even. The Lawsuit says that Dr.Dre had a lifetime contract with Knight for 30% of Dr.Dre’ earning from music. He also alleged Dr.Dre sent a hitman to kill him, so he doesn’t have to pay.
Suge Knight News
On October 08, 2018, Suge Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the death of a man during a hit-and-run incident on the set of the movie “Straight Outta Compton”.
News Source: CNN