Who is Suge Knight? CEO of Death Row Records who claims he was real target in Tupac’s murder

FORMER hip-hop mogul Suge Knight has caused some pretty big waves with his theory about Tupac Shakur’s murder.

But who is the man behind the explosive claims and how did he work with the assassinated rapper, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg? Here’s the lowdown…

Rapper Tupac Shakur, left, and Death Row Records Chairman Marion "Suge" Knight
Rapper Tupac Shakur, left, and Death Row Records chairman Marion ‘Suge’ Knight
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Who is Suge Knight?

Marion Knight Jr aka Suge was born in April 1965 in Compton city, Los Angeles, California, just a few weeks before violent rioting over police brutality in nearby Watts.

Soon after this, Suge’s neighbourhood turned into a ghetto blighted by gang violence as middle class people fled fearing rocketing crime.

But despite growing up in troubled surroundings, the young Knight, like his dad, was a noted American football player and he was a clever lad too. 

He was so good he went on to earn an athletic scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he did well academically.

During this time he began working as a bodyguard for rapper Bobby Brown and so began learning about the music industry.

Suge with Tupac shortly before he was killed
Suge with Tupac shortly before he was killed
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How well did Suge Knight know Tupac?

By the late 80s Suge had his own publishing company and by the 90s he had launched Death Row Records, which had signed Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

He was with Tupac the night he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

Knight is currently behind bars awaiting a separate murder trial.

He is charged with murder and attempted murder after running over two men in Compton.

What has he said about Tupac Shakur’s murder?

Suge Knight has reportedly claimed Death Row Records’ former security chief Reggie White Jr and his ex wife killed Tupac while insisting HE was the real target of the infamous shooting in 1996.

Knight’s lawyer Thaddeus Culpepper is said to have written a signed affidavit stating “Knight has known for many years that Reggie Wright Jr and his ex-wife Sharitha were behind the murder of Tupac and attempted murder of Knight”.

However, in an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, Sharitha, 49, dismissed the claims as “stupid lies” and called for people to use some “common sense”.

She also does not believe Knight would ever accuse her or Wright Jr of being involved in Tupac’s death – or a plot to kill him.

Wright Jr has long has long been linked to claims he was involved in the shooting of Tupac.

However, he denies he had anything to do with the shooting of Tupac.

In 2015, he responded to the claims by pointing out that several people that had linked him to Tupac’s murder had died in the past decade.

They include the late rapper’s ex-bodyguards Michael Moore and Frank Alexander.

“I believe in karma,” he said. “All these people are dropping dead. I keep telling people God don’t like ugly. I hope people learn a lesson from this.”


Knight is said to have spoken out after hearing the “salient points” of documentary, Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton.

“When our book came out and we were working on the movie, we gave the salient points of the book to Thaddeus Culpepper, who read them to Suge Knight,” said co-director Richard Bond.

A source then claimed Knight backed the theories in the documentary and even tasked his own investigators to probe them, reports the Mail Online.



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