Introducing Suge Knight-The Titan Of Death Row(Doc & Rare Interview)
Introducing Suge Knight-“The Titan Of Death Row” (Rare Interview)
In this interview “Knight” speaks on death row records, Dr Dre, Tupac and much more…At this time Suge Knight is in prison facing criminal charges.
Born on April 19, 1965(Aries), in Compton, California, Suge Knight was a football lineman and bodyguard who went on to found Death Row Records with rapper/producer Dr. Dre.
He received the nickname “Suge,” short for “Sugar Bear,” from his father, who was also a singer.
The young Knight, also like his dad, was a noted football player who went on to earn an athletic scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he excelled academically. Suge Knight was the “CEO” of the “Death Row” empire.
Death Row Records
Dr. Dre and The D.O.C. wanted to leave both N.W.A and their label, Ruthless Records, run by Eazy-E, another member of N.W.A. According to N.W.A’s manager Jerry Heller, Knight and his henchmen threatened Heller and Eazy-E with lead pipes and baseball bats to make them release Dre, The D.O.C., and Michel’le from their contracts. Ultimately, Dre and D.O.C. co-founded Death Row Records in 1991 with Knight, who vowed to make it “the Motown of the ’90s”.
Initially, Knight fulfilled his ambitions: he secured a distribution deal with Interscope, and Dre’s 1992 solo debut album, The Chronic, went on to Triple Platinum status in the United States by the end of 1993. It also made a career for Dre’s protégé, Snoop Dogg, whose own debut album Doggystyle obtained a Quadruple Platinum certification in the United States in 1994.
He Invested In Other Profitable Business Ventures Too
Meanwhile, The following year, he opened a private, by-appointment-only nightclub in Las Vegas called Club 662, so named because the numbers spelled out MOB on telephone keypads, MOB standing for Member of Bloods. In 1995, he ran afoul of activist C. Delores Tucker, whose criticism of Death Row’s glamorization of the “gangsta” lifestyle may have helped scuttle a lucrative deal with Time Warner.
Death Row Records was formed in the early 90.s, where they discovered Snoop Dogg, Danny Boy, Dogg Pound, Kurupt, Etc. Suge Knight was responsible for bailing the late great “Tupac Shakur” out of prison, and then they made hip hop history.
Whether you like him or not, he built one of the most profitable record labels in “Hip Hop” history.
Original Video Source: National Geographic
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