Suge Knight was for a long time known as the most dangerous man in hip-hop mainly due to his affinity for violence. A former American football defensive, he was the co-founder of Death Row Records, a music label that was credited for having produced some of the best gangster rap artists of the 90s. Presently aged 50, he was last year involved in a controversial incident that led him to his imprisonment. The following is an excerpt from the report on this.
“Prosecutors filed murder and attempted murder charges Monday against former rap music mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, four days after officials say he barreled his red truck into two men in a parking lot in Compton, killing one of them.
Knight was out on bail in a robbery case when he ran down the men and fled the scene, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The charges, which carry a life prison sentence, mark the most serious yet for the gangster rap impresario whose legal troubles have frequently lived up to the life glamorized by the music genre.”
This is as reported by the LA Times. That said, no witnesses came forward to offer details of what really happened, with the only evidence being CCTV footage. Delving a bit into his criminal record, it is reported to go way back to the late 80s when he grabbed Sharitha Golden’s hair, cutting her ponytail just after she had sought a restraining order against him.
The incident led to his first arrest. But two weeks later, Suge Knight was arrested again for shooting a man while he was attempting to steal his car. However, he got off with a three-year probation and a $1,000 fine. Speaking to the Washington Post, he revealed how he got to be so lucky, stating, “It went to a misdemeanor. I shot him with his own gun.”
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That said, one rapper, Snoop Dogg, who worked with Suge Knight while they were in Death Row Records, recently recalled the first song that they collaborated on and the controversies that dogged their tour. Apparently, Death Row and Suge Knight’s crowd involved people from different gang affiliations that at certain times caused problems, especially during tours. The following was Snoop Dogg’s revelation on this.
“The first song we ever worked on was ‘G Thang. We did a seven day tour for The Chronic, Run-D.M.C., Geto Boys and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. And that mother***** lasted seven days because on the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me all the Bloods and Crips that we had … every city we went to, it was a problem because they was like you can’t take all these rough, tough Bloods and Crips together.”
According to Snoop Dogg, law enforcement and local communities strongly resisted their shows and at one time, Suge Knight, Dr. Dre, and him were surrounded by the police. However, Suge Knight, reportedly saved the day by helping them escape. The following is Snoop Dogg’s narration of what happened.
“By the seventh day, we was chilling with some hoes in there and Suge knocked on my door, ‘Put the TV on channel 4,’ he continued. ‘I put it on channel 4 and the news was outside with the police and everything ‘Yeah we’re about to come in here and get these n****s out of here right now, we got them surrounded.’ Suge [Knight], I swear, that’s why I love his gangsta head … [he] found a way to get me, him and Dr. Dre out … We ran through a back window, ran across a freeway, got us a mother****’ rental car, drove to the next state, got us a private plane and we flew the f*** up out of there. G s***, that n**** Suge Knight was a cold gangster.”
This is as reported by Radio.
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