Suge Knight is an American producer and an ex L.A. Rams defense player.
He is one of the founders of well known recording production house called “Death Raw Records”.
Suge Knight, real name Marion Hugh Knight Jr., was born on April 19, 1965 in Compton in California. Campton is settled in the south part of Los Angeles County and is one of the oldest cities in that area.
His nickname “Suge” is derived from his childhood nickname which was “Sugar Bear”. He was a happy child whose childhood was lead on the school terrains where he played sports.
He was a pupil at Lynwood High School where he was extremelly good at athletics and in football. He was one of the best runners and jumpers in his generation and the teachers loved him.
He graduated in 1983 after what he joined the El Camino College as their new student and an excellent football player. Two year after, in 1985, he relocated to the University of Nevada, to Las Vegas, where he stayed and played football for two years.
Althought he was great in football, he wasn’t drafted by NFL but he joined Los Angeles Rams camp where he worked hard and trained for their team.
He played only two games for the Rams.
Knight says that his was his call to stop trying in the sports because after all of his hard work he still hasn’t been accepted to the team he aimed for. He said that he had to turn to other things and music ended up being one of those.
Knight then turned his attention to other areas of work: he became a bodyguard for celebrities and a concert promote for various individuals and companies. He was known as Bobby Brown’s bodyguard which gave him some publicity in the newspapers.
His first large imcome came after a known white rapper Vanilla Ice signed over earnings from his smash hit “Ice Ice Baby”, after Suge found out that the hit includes some lyrics of one of his own clients.
Knight became a manager in his own artist company and he motivated known hip hoppers such as DJ Quick and The DOC to transfer to him.
In that period, the DOC and Dr. Dre were on their way to leave “Ruthless Records” (a known N.W.A. gangsta rap company) but main managers from that company didn’t want to let go such prominent rappers. After Knight came and threatened them to release them, they succeded and left the company. After that they co-founded the “Death Row Records” with Knight in 1991.
In 1992, Dr. Dre released his solo album called “The Chronic” which became one of the bestselling albums of the 90’s. That fulfilled Knight’s dream: he became rich and known. After that came their new star, Snoop Dogg, who made his breakthrought in 1994 with his debut album “Doggystyle”.
Knight also began a feud with known producer called Luther Campbell.
In the end, Knight was pretty famous for making trouble on the scene.
In 1994, he opened a private club, called “Club 662” in Las Vegas. It was a very private, selective club. He earned a lot of money from it and it became one of his incomes.
Death Row Records succeded in singing a very big contract with Time Warner, which later turned out to bring a huge income to the label house.
He had a long time feud with Puff Daddy, which became more public after Knight’s insult on the count of Puff Daddy’s label named “Bad Boy Records”. He openly stated how it’s outrageous that Puff Daddy shows in a lot of videos of his artist’s songs. He became world known after he posted bail of $1,4 million for Tupac Shakur in exchange of what he had to sign with Death Row Records.
Tupac agreed with those terms so he was a new assett of Death Row Records. Tupac brought a lot of money for that record label due to his 1996 album “All Eyez On Me”. This was the time when the record label was the richest.
M.C. Hammer was also one of the artists that signed a contract with Death Row Records. Hammer hasn’t released an album during his time there, but he collaborated on many other albums, such as Tupac’s. In 1996, Shakur was killed and Hammer decided to leave the company.
The record label began it’s way down after Dr. Dre also decided to leave the company, annoyed by it’s bad reputation and Knight’s violence. He opened his own business, “Aftermath Entertainment” label company.
In 2006 Suge filed bankruptcy after he was ordered to pay $107 million to Lydia Harris, who proved that he was cheated out of his stake in Death Row Records.
He sold his home in Malibu in 2008, and a few months after that he sold his Death Row Records to a New Yorker company.
In 2008 Knight fillled a lawsuit, against an Atlanta born rapper Kanye West in whose party Knight received a bullet in the leg.
In 2009 he was punched at a private party after what he had to go to hospital to fix the injuries. He started a new label “Blackball Records”, and after a while it was changed to “Black Kapital Records”. In the next few years he was arrested a few times, for traffic vioaltions and the possesion of marijuana.
In the summer of 2014, he was shot six times on a Music Awards party in L.A. Although he received so many shots he came to hospital himself and stayed there for only three days.
He was arrested in 1987 when he assaulted his girlfriend in the street, violently cutting her ponytail off. The same year he was arrested after stealing a car and carrying a weapon. He got a probation of two years but in 1996 he was sent to prison after violation his latest probation. He was sentened to 9 years and came out of prison in 2001. Two years later he went back to prison after hitting the man on the parking.
In 2008 he received a heavy beating in front of a nightclub in L.A. That took him to hospital for a while.
The same year he was caught in beating his long time girlfriend Melissa Isaac but was cleared of all charges after the prosecution couldn’t find any witness for that event. Everyone seemed to be afraid of him because of all of the bad things he did in his life previously.
After he was shot in L.A., doctors found a very dangerous clot of blood in his chest and he was taken to the hospital again.
In 2015 he was arrested on suspicion of murdery his friend Terry Carter, after a conflict over the “Straight Outta Compton” film.
He is in jail since, and during that time he had fought with blood clots several times. This becamehis biggest health issue and doctors think that he’ll probably die when he gets a bigger blood clot which no one will notice early enough.
His mother’s name is Maxine and his father has the same name as the son: Marion.
Suge married a known American R&B Singer Michel’le in 1999. They divorced six years later and they have a daughter called Bailei who was born in 2002. Michel’le was known as Dr. Dre’s ex girlfriend and the mother of their son Marcel (back in 1991). This brought a lot of controversy too and Suge had a lot of problems from Dre’s fans.
In 1989 Suge married Sharitha Golden who gave birth to Suge’s first child.
Stormey Ramdhave is Suge’s ex-fiancee who gave birth to two children and in 2014 she released a book about her relationship with Knight. It was called “My life With The Knight”.
A rumour has it that Suge dangled Vanilla Ice by his ankles, on the balcony of his hotel, to persuade him to sign over royalties to him.
Full name: Marion Hugh Knight Jr.
Nick name: Suge
Date of birth: April 19, 1965
Birth place: Compton, California, U.S.
Occupation: record producer, music executive, former American football defensive end
Personal Life and Family
Ethnicity: African American
Father name: Marion Knight, Sr.
Mother name: Maxine Chatman
Brother name: /
Sister name: Karen Anderson, Charlinda Tubbs
Marital status: married
Sexual Orientation: straight
Children: Taj Knight, Bailei Knight, Legend Knight, Posh Knight, Andrew Knight
Pet own: NA
Personal Look and Measurements
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 120 kg
Hair Color: Bald (but bears color is black)
Eye color: Brown
Shoe Size: NA
Distinctive Features: Bald head, beard, very tall and big
Net Worth and Salary
Net worth: $200, 000
Interesting Facts about Suge Knight
He was accused to be involved in two known shootings and murders: of Tupac Shakur in 1996 and of The Notorius B.I.G. in 1997.
Suge’s career ended up being full of controversy related to shooting, murders, fraud, stealing and similar. He was in the papers and magazines more because of his exotic lifestlye than he was because of his music and producing.
After Tupac’s death, another artist left the label, accusing Knight for the murder of Tupac. That was in 1998. Knight never addressed any of these but people have made different conspiracy theories about Tupac being one of his victims. There were theories about sharing a woman, being lovers themselves and even stealing money.
Four years later, he even released a song named “Pimp Slapp’d” where he dissed on Knight.
Suge Knight’s items were sold in an auction during one episode of “Storage Wars” in 2010. This was addressed in the newspapers and the auction buyer ended up making a lot of money.
There were rumours that Knight attempted to kill Eminem, but this is just one of the rumors that people say and as always, Suge never said anythingabout these.
Tupac Shakur was a godfather to one of his children, so people think it wouldn’t be highly possible for Knight to kill him.
Suge tried to avoid interviews as much as he could’ve, especially after Tupac died. People think he may feel guilty and now has to face it all in prison.
He never answered questions about his co-workers, Tupac, his wife, his exes and similar. People in the industry never liked him because they think he wasn’t about the music, but about the criminal activities that go along with his job.
Suge Knight is a music artist that gained popularity after a lot of incidents that happened in his life. He worked with Tupac and ended up in jail in the end.
His estimated net worth is $200 000.