Marion 'Suge' Knight
A larger than life and very imposing figure, at 6' 3" and 315lbs, Marion 'Suge' Knight was brought up in Compton, Los Angeles (Suge is short for Sugar Bear and pronounced as in the first syllable of 'sugar'). He studied at the university of Nevada in Las Vegas and entered the music industry as a celebrity bodyguard (working for Bobby Brown amongst others) after limited success as a professional footballer. He co-founded Death Row Records with Dr Dre and by the age of 30 had built a $125 million music empire as Chief Executive of Death Row Records, one of the most popular rap labels featuring artists including Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and The Dogg Pound. Frequently seen sporting blood colours of the Mob Pirus he had a reputation for violence and was often in trouble with the law. In 1992 Knight was sentenced to 9 years for the assault on two rappers for which he was later paroled. The assault of Orlando Anderson, caught on camera on the night of Tupac's shooting, was a breach of that parole and resulted in Knight returning to prison for a further 5 years. In an interview taped before his imprisonment, Knight can be seen smoking an outsized Havana cigar and claiming that a bullet from the Shakur shooting attack is inoperably lodged in his head. Medical evidence shows that he was only grazed in the attack and was not hit by any bullets. Other chilling footage from an ABC news interview sees Knight admit that, if he had it, he would not pass any information on to the police about who might have shot Shakur. Having failed to get proper interview permissions from acting boss of Death Row Records, Reggie Wright Jnr, Broomfield, in search of the elusive interview, goes ahead regardless and visits Suge Knight in jail. Following a search of Recreation Yard C and Jailhouse 15, Knight is tracked down and agrees to give 'a message to the kids' rather than to speak about Tupac's death.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Marion 'Suge' Knight Facts
|Birth Name||Marion Knight Jr.|
|Birthday||April 19, 1965 (53)|
|Height||6' 2" (1m88) How tall is Marion 'Suge' Knight compared to you?|