Death Row's Suge Knight To Be Freed In Days
Marion "Suge" Knight, the multi-millionaire rap mogul, says his first stop after serving a five-year prison stint will be a hot tub. "The first thing that I'm gonna do when I get out of here is take aMarion "Suge" Knight, the multi-millionaire rap mogul, says his first stop after serving a five-year prison stint will be a hot tub. "The first thing that I'm gonna do when I get out of here is take an hour-long bath," Knight, co-founder of the rap label Death Row Records, tells Newsweek in its April 16 issue. "I'm sick of showers."
A spokesperson for Knight confirms that he will be released no later than next Wednesday (April 25) from Mule Creek State Prison near Sacramento, Calif., after serving five years of a nine-year sentence on assault-related charges. He is scheduled to spend up to two months in a halfway house or federal work-release program and should be home by mid-summer.
"Then, I'm going to get me a double cheeseburger and some chili-cheese fries. I've been thinking about them ... for five years," says Knight, who produced platinum records by the late rap star Tupac Shakur, whose just-released "Until the End of Time" (Amaru/Death Row/Interscope) hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 its first week in stores.
Knight says his prison experience may come in handy when he returns to the recording studio. "I still can tell what's hot on the streets," he says. "Because, if you think about it, most of the slang off the streets comes from the brothers in jail."
Knight has not remained free from controversy while behind bars. His label has been involved in a series of lawsuits, including a decision that awarded the managers of one-time Death Row rapper Kurupt $10 million in damages.
Last November, Death Row posted in its entirety a then-unreleased album from one-time label signee Snoop Dogg, encouraging fans to decide whether it was "better" than the Snoop rarities collection "Dead Man Walkin'," his final album under contract for Death Row. The label was also the subject of an unauthorized documentary, "Welcome to Deathrow," which screened in February at the Hollywood Black Film Festival in Los Angeles.
But other business moves have kept the label's profile high, including a new distribution deal with DNA that will see 16 catalog titles -- among them Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle," Dr. Dre's "The Chronic," and Shakur "All Eyez on Me" -- released as remastered editions the first week of May.
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