Suge Knight - Updated Dec 2023

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Suge Knight

Suge Knight is an American former music executive and a rap industry businessman. Suge Knight is the co-founder and CEO of ‘Death Row Records.’ Moreover, he has worked with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.

Early Life

His born name is Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr. Suge was born on April 19, 1965, in Compton, California, USA. Currently, he is 57 years old and his birth sign is Aries. He is the youngest of three siblings. He has sisters named Karen Anderson and Charlinda Tubbs.

His parents are Maxine (mother) and Marion Knight Sr. (father). He attended ‘Lynwood High School’ in nearby Lynwood. There, he was a football and track star. Moreover, he graduated in the year 1983.

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Caption: Suge Knight’s picture. Source: USA Today

Career and Assault

Earlier, Suge was a football lineman and bodyguard who went on to found ‘Death Row Records’ with rapper/producer Dr. Dre. Along with the label involved in several controversies, he eventually was sentenced to prison for violating parole on the evening in which ‘Tupac Shakur’ was killed. Later, he faced financial issues and more jail time.

Moreover, he was a central figure in gangsta rap’s catapult to massive commercialization. Therefore, this feat is attributed to the record label’s first two album releases Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ and Snoop Dogg’s ‘Doggystyle’ in 1992 and 1993 respectively. He played college football at the ‘University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)’ before beginning his music career.

Then, he played defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams in the year 1987 during the player strike as a replacement player. In 1995, Tupac Shakur started a prison sentence of up to four and a half years. He struck a deal with him that October, paying his bail and freeing him from prison,  pending his conviction’s appeal, while signing him to ‘Death Row Records.’ And, in 1996, the label released 2Pac’s greatest commercial success ‘All Eyez on Me.’

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Caption: Suge Knight and Tupac Shakur’s picture. Source: The Blast


In September, after departing a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas, a group that included him and Shakur assaulted Orlando Anderson, a Southside Compton Crips gang member. And, after 3 hours, someone shot into the car that he was driving and fatally wounded Shakur, and Anderson has since become the prime suspect.

Further, in the aftermath of Shakur’s death, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg left ‘Death Row Records.’ Eventually, the label declined, and it was soon eclipsed. Similarly, allegations mounted that he, beyond employing gang members, had frequently plied intimidation and violence in his business dealings.

And, from the late 1990s into the early 2000s, he spent a few years incarcerated for assault convictions and associated violations of probation and parole. Moreover, in September 2018, on pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in a fatal 2015 hit-and-run, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

He is scheduled to become eligible for parole in July 2037. Moreover, following his 2015 arrest, he has experienced many health problems, including being hospitalized for blindness. Also, in 2017, blood clots. Therefore, his health issues have prevented him from attending his courting hearings.

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Caption: Suge Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison. Source: NBC News

Personal Life

Suge had a complicated love life. Therefore, he dated a few women in his prime years and even married two of them. Also, he was in a relationship with actress ‘Bernice Burgos’ in the past. Likewise, in the mid-1990s, he began dating Misa Hylton.

Between the 1980s and 90s, he was linked to Sharitha Lee. Therefore, he first met her at a high school party. The pair had a very rocky relationship. Moreover, in the year 1987, Sharitha got a restraining order against him for chopping off her hair. Then after some time, they reconciled and became an item again.

Lee made a significant contribution to Death Row Records at that time. Then, they married and were blessed with a son named Arion. In the year 2007, he alleged that Lee caused the death of Tupac Shakur. He said that he was the target, but the bullet accidentally hit Tupac. However, she dismissed his claims, calling them baseless.

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Caption: Suge Knight’s picture with his kids. Source: the Jasmine

Between 1999 and 2005, he and R &B singer Michel’ le were heartthrobs. In the year 2002, the pair was blessed with a daughter named ‘Bailey.’ Sadly, the marriage ended in divorce in 2005. Michel’ le later opened up and stated that he was a violent man who abused her physically in their marriage.

Moreover, In 2000, he was in a romantic relationship with Losa Lipes. Additionally, he has a son named Taj with Davina Barnes. He also has a daughter named Posh. Therefore, her mother is also not known. With Toi Kelley, he had a son named Legend. Jacob Knight and Andrew Knight are also said to be his kids.

Body Measurements

Suge Knight is 6 feet 2 inches tall. And, he weighs around 120 kilos. He has a bald head, a beard, and an imposing body. He has a pair of brown eyes. Other than this, his details regarding body measurements are not available. However, he has a healthy and fit body status as of now.

Suge Knight – Social Media

Suge Knight has earned over 700 followers on his ‘@suge.official’ Instagram page. His ‘@sugeknight’ Twitter account has gained over 19.3K followers. His official Facebook page has gained over 885K followers.

Suge Knight – Net Worth 2023

Throughout his career, he has surely earned a decent amount of money. However, as of now, his net worth is $200K.