Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, the man who was acknowledged for bringing gangster rap music into mainstream, has just landed himself a mere 28-year sentence into a California state prison.
The ex-rap-tycoon known as Suge Knight is one of the last exemplifying figures of the idolized, yet gory generation of gangster hip-hop.
The Legacy of Suge Knight
Death Row Records, Knight’s label, helped catapult the careers of Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre. According to history, this is what got Knight’s name out there in the music industry.
However, Suge was also known for his horrifying temper and violent, forceful outbursts.
After he was sentenced on Thursday for a lethal hit-and-run, the daughter of one victim called Knight “truly a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species.
Suge Knight is no stranger to the law. In September 2015, the Death Row exec pleaded no contest to a hit-and-run incident that left his friend, a Compton legend, Terry Carter, dead.
The entire event happened on the set of the film Straight Outta Compton. This 2015 film biopic is about rap group NWA (N1gg@s With Attitudes) from Compton, California.
Suge Knight Takes a Plea to Avoid Murder Charges
A plea deal entered last month, allowed Knight to avoid the chargers of murder and attempted murder.
It has been reported that Knight has shown no remorse while as he was sentenced, standing detached in his Los Angeles County Jail orange jumpsuit.
Knight stared down the courtroom as he was handed his sentence, after the court heard victim impact statements, again appearing emotionless.
The Compton-native was handed down a “hefty” sentence for injuring one man and killing another (Terry Carter) when he hit them with his car four years ago.
Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan, one of Knight’s longtime adversaries, started arguing with Knight outside of Tam’s, a Compton burger stand, in January 2015. It was here that Terry Carter was killed. (See video below)
Video: See the Hit-and-Run Murder That Put Suge Knight Behind Bars
Because the movie set was open to the public, many locals surrounded the area watching things unfold. Multiple people took videos of the hit-and-run incident that left Terry Carter dead and Cle Cle ‘Bone’ Shaheed Sloan injured.
Check out the video below and see it for yourself. Viewer discretion is advised.
Why Did Suge Knight Go to the Straight Outta Compton Set in the First Place?
Knight was upset about his representation in Straight Outta Compton, where Mr. Sloan was serving as a consultant. Some time after a verbal altercation began, Suge clipped Mr Sloan with truck, seriously injuring him, before speeding through the parking lot and running over Terry Carter and fleeing the scene.
Although Carter’s friends and family said they hoped Knight’s extended sentence will bring them peace, many had no kind words for him were applauded at his complete lack of remorse.
Crystal, Terry Carter’s daughter called Knight a:
- Low-life thug
- Career criminal
- Disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species
The distraught daughter told the judge:
I ask that you sentence this unrepentant, remorseless, cold, callous menace to society to the maximum of 28 years.
Suge Knight was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by attack.
The shooting happened as Tupac rode in Knight’s car east of the Vegas Strip.
So Where Did it All go Wrong for Suge Knight?
When Did Knight Establish Death Row Records?
In 1965, born Marion Knight, growing up in Compton, Suge was always driven and determined to make it out of his parents’ two-bedroom house. He told The Guardian in 2001:
As soon as I was old enough, I told myself that I’d never live or end up dying in a place like that.
I made up my mind that I wanted everything, and nothing would stop me.
Knight showed an unbelievable talent as an American football player. Following a brief college football career at the University of Nevada, Knight turned his ambitions and sights to music.
He started to move in the same circles as some of hip-hop’s prime, including Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, while working as a bodyguard for Bobby Brown.
Knight co-founded Death Row records with Dr. Dre in 1991. Dre had set his sights on leaving NWA’s record label Ruthless.
Triple-platinum, The Chronic, Dr. Dre’s album was released by the label. Death Row Records later signed Snoop Dogg, in 1993 releasing Doggstyle, which was referred to as his career-defining album. He eventually added Tupac to the mix.
Suge Knight’s Relationship with Tupac Shakur
Knight signed Tupac to Death Row Records in 1995. Previous to this, Tupac was jailed for sexual assault charges. Knight secured the bail, which was set at $1.4 million dollars.
Once Tupac had signed with Death Row Records in order to get out of prison, things started to go really bitter between Dre and Knight. Tupac had become the primary and commercial focus of the label.
Aftermath, Dre’s own label was created in 1996 after he split from Knight for good.
Knight later went on to have a major dispute with East Coast label Bad Boy Records owed by Sean “Puffy” Combs. This was supposedly a battle over territory and musical dominance.
Eventually, this feud and dispute would lead to the drive-by shootings of Tupac Shakur in September 1996 and Notorious BIG in March 1997.
Knight is blamed for at least one of the shootings, since he was in the same vehicle as Tupac the night of his murder. However, controversial stories exist that suggest there is much more to the story than this.
The Facts About Suge & the Deadly Hit-and-Run in Compton
In the years subsequent to Tupac’s death, Knight was faced with a string of criminal charges.
Knight was jailed for violating probation for an earlier charge of assault with a deadly weapon. This was in 2002. A year later, he returned to jail after punching a parking lot attendant.
One year after that, Knight filed bankruptcy, claiming he had only $12 to his name.
In 2015, Knight ran over Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan, on the set of the upcoming movie Straight Outta Compton. It was already well known that Knight was not happy that the movie was being created. Reggie Wright, a childhood friend of Knight said:
People working on the set were calling and telling Suge, ‘Hey, man, this movie is really becoming a Death Row movie, with a Suge look-alike in the movie beating up people in the studio and all of that.’
Suge felt like they were using his likeness in this movie without consulting him.
Footage captured Knight’s truck being seen going into reverse and throwing a man to the ground before slamming into the other victim (see video above).
The day after the incident, Knight turned himself into the authorities. His attorneys claimed he was acted in self-defense.
Famous Prisoner Suge Knight’s story is one that remains a legend to some, and a tragic joke to others. It’s disheartening and maybe somewhat predictable. Certainly, that of a man that had it all only to lose it all and end up in prison.
Today, Suge is currently incarcerated in Men’s Central Jail on Bauchet Street Downtown Los Angeles. LA County inmate #4223042 is currently at SP4 status.
This stands for state prison 4, which means he’s due to ship out to a California state prison to become, yet again a CDCR inmate, any day now.