Hip Hop Most feared #2 Suge Knight

Many people following hip hop today don’t realize how feared and how much of a imporlorizing figure Marion “Suge” Knight truly was. Today people remember Suge Knight as a bully whom got beat up way too many times and no longer a threat. Since his release in 2001 Suge Knight has played the role of victim: He’s been shot, knocked out twice, lost his record company, filed for bankruptcy and been in and out of jail on trump charges. Suge’s boogy man image has takened a major hit but for this entry. I’m gonna explain why Suge Knight was so feared in the 90’s

Suge Knight was deeply connected with the Piru’ and was also financially backed up by drug kingpin Michael Harry-O Harris and David Kenner who was a powerful attorney with obvious leverage pull and rumored mob connections. Mix all of that with Suge Knight’s intimidating size and you have a very good reason to have been either afraid or cautious of Suge Knight at the time.

Suge really started getting his reputation marked when he hung Vanilla Ice off a balcony because Ice refused to pay one of Suge’s Clients for royalties and song writing credits for Ice Ice Baby. Suge used alot of the knowledge he soaked up as a bodyguard to get his foot into the industry game as well. He learned from the late Dick Griffy on how to organize contracts, sign artists and negotiate with the big leagues without getting punked by the labels.

Another one of Suge Knight’s aggressive pull within the game was how he along with many of his henchmen FORCED Eazy E to release Dr Dre, D.O.C. Michel’le off their contracts and sign with Death Row. According to Eazy, Suges’ henchmen had pipes, bats, and went as far as to threatened Eazy’s family along with Jerry Heller.

The stories involving Suge Knight have revolved to Suge forcing an affiliate of Bad Boy to drink his own piss, Suge sending people to Warren G’s house with guns, the endless beatdowns and artists feeling for their safety. Suge Knight ran Death Row records like the Mafia and proceeded to use mafia tactics to keep that intimidation factor going, Which obviously worked for years.


The unwillingness to Compromise

One thing you can say about Suge Knight, Suge Knight has always been very unapologetic and never been the type to censor his artist or tell them what to say or what not to say. Suge has always been vocal about his feelings about his peers and wasn’t afraid of calling them out. When Death Row was peaking in the early 90s, The content from albums the Chronic and Doggystyle were so brash and abrasive that it forced many activists and women right groups to attempt to shut Death Row down. Despite all of the pressure, Suge REFUSED to cater and censor his artists telling them to stick it. Even though Time Warner dropped Death Row and sold the label’s stock back to Interscope, Suge nevertheless took a stance which made the Row even stronger as the hits kept coming.


A Black Man with Power

Suge Knight and Dr Dre broke numerous records with smash hits The Chronic, Doggystyle, Murder Was the Case, Above the Rim along with other b sides and records. But really showcased Suge’s real power move was how he bailed Tupac Shakur out of prison and signed him to Death Row. The power move of bailing Pac out and the release of Double Disc album All Eyez on Me helped Death Row reach its peak. Selling close to a whopping 8 million records and made Suge Knight the most powerful CEO in the record industry. Suge had the artists clocking out hits, He had A&R’s, label executives, and artists trembling in fear everywhere he walked and had the bloods street gang on payroll. It looked as if Death Row could go nowhere but up.


His Downfall

It seemed as if however Suge Knight was too powerful and he HAD to be stopped. Suge has to take some account for alot of the foolishness that he brought upon himself. When he started running Death Row like a gang instead of a label, Thats where some of the artists started to feel uncomfortable and started to either leave(Dr Dre) or refuse to sign(Fredro Starr)

Suge also used alot of that intimidation to punk artists out of their publishing and keep their masters knowing his size and most likely they would be afraid to negotiate with him out of fear of either being killed or beaten up.

But from the mainstream point of view, Suge Knight had to be stopped. Not only was he too outspoken but he represented a concept of a black man finally coming in and not taking no shit from alot of these labels that been cheating black artists out of their money and taking away their hard earn worked.Suge started out with great intentions but as the money and success came in, he started to become more corrupt and sinister which was bad for business for black artists and represented as a threat to white established label so they found ways to blackball Suge and the West Coast for a while.

Perhaps they were fearful of another black man like Suge Knight with more intelligence and more street smarts to come in and really take over the game. Love him or hate him, Suge knocked down alot of doors and gave alot of artists their first big breaks when the white labels executives wouldn’t even negotiate with them. Without a Suge Knight, Dr Dre would have been Eazy E’s slave, Snoop, Daz, Kurupt, Nate , Rage and many others would have possibly struggled longer and Pac maybe would have been a free man with a different mindset. All of these what ifs are always gonna be in for questioned but nobody can never deny Suge Knight’s impact with hip hop.

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20 Responses to Hip Hop Most feared #2 Suge Knight

  1. DIANDRADAWSON says:

    BEFORE SUGE KNIGHT EVEN CAME AROUND IN THE MUSIC iNDUSTRY WITH TUPAC, TUPAC WAS ALREADY DOIN BUSINESS AND MOVIES AROUND THE STATE. SO, MAYBE HE LOST HE’S ON SELFRESPECT TOWARD AND IN THE INDUSTRY ON HIS ON . HIS OWNLIFE GOT INVOLVED SO MAYBE HE CONTINUTED TO SPIRALDOWN IN THE WORST WAYS.ME MYSELF I THINK THAT HE WAS ALL IN FROM THE BEGINNING,AND TERRIFIED OF WHATEVER WAS TO HAPPEN, THE TIMES HE THOUGHT LESS ABOUT THEM WAS THE BEST THEN REALITY WOULD HIT HIM LIKE DEATH.

    • DIANDRA DAWSON says:

      OK WELL AS YOU SEE IN LIFE THERES ALWAYS THIS GROUP OF FRIENDS,LIKE PEOPLE YOU GROW UP,TEAM MEMBERS FROM SOME SPORT, OR ONE OF THE THE GANGS IN THE STREET OR HOOD,AND EVERY PRODUCED ENTERAINMENT GROUP IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.THESE DUDES KNOW WHAT IS, YOU GOT LONG, TALL, SHORT,SMALL,BIG AND WIDE DUDES IN A GROUP AROUND EACH OTHER DAILY.PUTTING THEIRSELF IN THIS MUSIC IN ALL WAYS POSSIBLE LIVEN AND DIEN FOR IT.HELL HE NEED TO GET A JOB FOR BEING A BODYGUARD CAUSE HE DONT RAP OR DO HIP HOP.IF THEY MAKE HIM DO SOMETHIN LIKE THAT THEN EVERYONE WILL SEE THE FEAR IN HIM, AND THEY WOULDNT ENJOY THAT CUASE HE AINT NO ENTERAINER,YOU CANT LOOK UP TO HIM. HE DOESNT INSPIRER NO BODY, BULLLY!!!

    • Francis says:

      PAC had no choice. He had to be put in PC while he was serving time in Clinton. The same dudes that robbed & shot him in NYC, had goons threatening him in prison. Suge is an opportunist, and simply made his play. Smart move, but he used PAC & caused his death more than anybody else. In the end, InterScope completely raped Suge financially and sold his label. Jimmy Iovine & Jerry Heller were bigger gangsters than any of these brothas. Don’t mess with the Kosher Nostra!

  2. Kidmix says:

    WestSideCrips all the way/what u say/ we dont play/ we come to spray/ M16s & ak’s/ split spleens for u to obey/ by our rules or slay – the dragon what u sayin / n e day n we aint playin / month of may n we b breaking bone and blowing up homes with families in side all awhile were stoned, the money we loan fuck it im grown! Im out, let me scream n shout while we bouty bout our paper an clout WSC for life

  3. WalterX says:

    End of the day, this HIP HOP game will always be run by the White man

  4. Demond davis says:

    FUCK SUGE KNIGHT

  5. Gonzo says:

    i don’t give a rat’s dung how many doors he allegedly knocked down for all we know he was a hard core “scum” out of all record labels executives, he’ve got what he deserved for taking advantage of his own people and will go down into oblivion because he he asked for it!!

  6. Yummy Nummy Summy says:

    This guy is a thug. Fuck Suge Knight.

  7. JACQUES CARR says:

    Suge Knight doesn’t have his freedom anymore. He is facing a 30 year to life sentence for robbing a photographer of her camera. If he had hung with me he would not be in the predicament he is in today! I bet you that!

  8. JACQUES CARR says:

    It seems that Suge Knight should call J.D. Paralegal Services this time instead of David Kenner. David Kenner gave Suge the wrong type of bankruptcy. That is how Suge lost his home in Encino. The home was worth about four million dollars. Suge, J.D. Paralegal could have helped. All he needed to know was what type of Bankruptcy option he needed, asked for it and VOILA, PRESTO-CHANG-O, ABRACADABRA, AND SHAZAM that home would have kept him cozy today instead of the slammer’s hospital section. Wow! David Kenner is a piece of work!

  9. free running says:

    Today he’s up for murder I new it was just a matter of time. Either he was gonna die, or spend his life in prison. Just killed his friend last night after a argument. That’s the way he does poss him of. Your dead or best up. This time he didn’t have his thugs to do it on another day. But you know after being shot 6 times and another time before that. Looks like the Blackman sick of his Shit.

  10. Jacques Carr says:

    Uh Oh. That dude is going to The Gas Chamber or The Lethal Injection Gurney. Wow, damn! There but for the grace of God goes I. Stop laughing niggas. It ain’t funny. That shit is so damn sad. Suge Knight should hve been piss tested immediately after his surrender.

  11. maruo says:

    Free my Biggs suge rip tupac long live long live do quick and my Biggs snoop doggy dogg

  12. lindsay says:

    Suge was a ruthless, brutal mafioso- type thug and bully who thrived on violence, fear tactics and intimidation and is seemingly getting everything he deserves now that he’s an old, broken down man. Many people, including engineers, producers and the artists themselves have come out and said what a crazy, dangerous, toxic environment Death Row Records was, and how they constantly feared for their lives. They all describe a stifling, prison-like atmosphere with regular beatdowns, dog-fighting, a blood red office, a metal detector just to get in the building, and “employees” that consisted of corrupt cops and just released from prison gangbangers. One former artist (whose name i cant think of at the moment) says he had to get an arsenal of weapons and wear a bulletproof vest at all times. HOWEVER, with that being said, I do agree that Suge got Dre, DOC, and many others the money they deserved and certainly never got with Eazy-E, who was stealing from them. He also made Snoop and 2pac superstars. It just sucks because this once- promising athlete could’ve been brilliant, and was for a time, but his violent, shady and corrupt business tactics destroyed him in the end.

  13. Alot says:

    “A lot is two words holy shit.”

  14. Wendy says:

    Wow! Suge did it his way. Hay! Frank Sinatra did it his way and Suge did it his way and for that I salute you, Suge. Yes! Suge Knight, I salute you!

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