Suge Knight was once the most feared man in hip-hop. Legend has it that he walked into the Ruthless Records offices and demanded that Dr. Dre be released from his contract with N.W.A. Death Row Records was born soon after.
The 6-foot 3-inch, 300-plus pound former record label CEO has long had an ongoing love affair with federal courts prison cells. Some accused him of having a hand in Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.’s murders, which only added to his notoriety.
Back in the day, Marion “Suge” Knight was seen as that intimidating Death Row boss who would go to war with you if you looked at him funny, but over the last four years Suge’s hood cred has become more than questionable. The Compton-born ex-football player has become a free-for-all moving target, and his most recent incident proves it. Suge was challenged this past Saturday (March 12) in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas by a little man (all puns intended) who said “I can take you,” and a fight broke out seconds later.
Below is a list of the rise and fall of hip-hop’s most notorious (no pun intended) capo di tutti capi (boss of all bosses). Every empire falls, even Don Corleone’s.
Suge Knight allegedly held ’90s White boy rap sensation Vanilla Ice over a 20-foot balcony to persuade him to sign over his royalties for “Ice Ice Baby” because he supposedly sampled the song from one of Suge’s records.