If you listen closely to the first three seconds of Makaveli 7 Day theory you can hear "Suge shot me."
It's hard to say how, by who, and when it was put there. It remains a mystery. When Tupac was sent to prison
in 1994 he was planning on spending atleast 3 years there. He hated prison and would have done anything to get himself
out of there. Suge had previously asked him to join Deathrow, but he said "he just wasn't ready." The reality
of it is that Tupac didn't want to join Deathrow, but changed his mind when faced with prison. Suge said he'd get Tupac
out, in exchange Tupac had to do 3 albums for Deathrow. They worked out a contract in which Tupac would receive an advance
of $1 million for the first album, in addition to $125,000 for a car, a $120,000 expense allowance for one year, a $250,000
legal fund to be spent as Tupac desired, and David's legal services. Tupac would be paid a royalty of 18% for sales of the
first album, plus a bonus of 1% if it went Gold, and another 1% if it went Platinum. For the second and third, Tupac would
be paid an advance of no less than $1 million, or $1 million for every million copies of the prior album which was sold, and
he would be paid a royalty of 18% of sales, plus a bonus of l% if it went Gold, and another 1% if it went Platinum.
Tupac said at the time he signed the contract "I know I'm selling my soul." But he couldn't stand another few years
in prison. Tupac agreed and Deathrow lawyer David Kenner went about bailing Tupac out of jail. The New York Court of
Appeals granted him leave to post bail. $850,000 was raised by Atlantic Records, which was posted in a corporate guarantee.
The rest was put up with a $300,000 bail bond and $250,000 in cash from Suge or Interscope. Tupac immediately began
and released the album All Eyez on Me, a double CD which covered the first 2 CD's of the contract. While on Deathrow
Tupac really seemed to change, influenced by Suge in the mob lifestyle and obviously bitter for the setup in the rape case
and being shot 5 times. While on Deathrow he was jacked by Suge Knight repeatedly. He was charged rent on a Wiltshire
apartment that other Deathrow artists lived in on 9 separate occasions. He was charged $23,857 for repairs to a Porsche
owned by Steve Cantrock and Suge. Suge and another Death Row representative, who were in California at the time, on
the phone told him that he had spent $2 million more than he was entitled to receive. He was charged $115,507 for three
pieces of jewelry from B.L. Diamonds, Suge said that the jewelry was a gift to Tupac from Suge, but the bills were never paid.
On May 2nd, Tupac was charged $14,500 rent for a house in Malibu which David Kenner lived in. He was then charged $100,000
rent for David Kenner, then $12,000 more. He paid $2700 for Nate Dogg's child support and charged $5,845 for jewelry
that Suge bought from XIV Karats Ltd. Sept 3rd he was charged with expenses associated with Michel'le Toussa's Range
Rover for $1,453.51. He was also charged over $28,000 for a Chevy Suburban Title. It was taken in Tupac's name initially,
but was given to Suge's brother-in-law, Norris Anderson. Tupac was charged $51,425 in connection with the cost of transferring
the car to Norris. In August Tupac was charged $2,965, for an American Express bill from Suge's wife. Tupac was charged with
expenses that he never agreed to pay which were attendant to the production of albums released by Death Row. He was charged
$3,421,842 in video production costs and $663,012 in audio production costs. When Tupac died he had no mutual funds,
IRA, or real estate. He owned no stocks or bonds, and had a checking account that had less than $105,000. He also didn't own
his Woodland Hills house in San Fernando Valley that he had recently thought he had bought.
There was a five-figure life insurance policy, the beneficiary was Sekyiwa, a $61,000 Jaguar that Suge got
for Tupac's appearance in a commercial, and a Hummer. His apartment, Rolls-Royce, and Mercedes were listed in Death Row's
name. There's no question Deathrow was run corruptly, and they owed Tupac a lot of money, which is reason enough
to kill Tupac. With Tupac's last CD, Makaveli The 7 Day theory, Tupac was poised to leave the row as he'd filled his
contract agreement. He was ready to setup Makaveli Records and Euphanasia, a production company from which he wanted
to make movies. He was going to be the first artist on the label, One Nation was the second and he had plans to sign
Greg Nice and Smooth, another group at quest and Ghetto Starz which is an offshoot of The Outlaws. He also had another
company called 24/7, for his music and video work, the scripts he was writing, and the books he would begin as soon as he
finished the plans he was doing with Leila to reform the educational system. On August 26th, 12 days before Tupac was
shot, he was on the set all day and at the studio all night. On the 27th, Tupac sent Yaasmyn Fula, who managed his business
affairs, to the studio to get tapes of what he had done because he wanted to listen to them. Deathrow said no, David
Kenner wouldn't allow it. Tupac fired him. Yaasmyn wrote a letter saying that Tupac had finished his last album and he wanted
to leave Death Row. Tupac gave Yaasmyn permission to hire another lawyer. On September 7th, Tupac went back to L.A.
He decided he wasn't going to go to Las Vegas, but to Atlanta to settle problems with some relatives instead. Suge got him
to change his plans because weeks before he'd promised Suge he'd go to the Tyson/Seldon fight with him. He said he didn't
want to go, but he'd given Suge his word. At the MGM Grand Tupac was mad because Suge showed up at the last minute. He sat
in section 4, row E, seat 2. After the fight they got into a fight and beat Orlando Anderson, a crip who snatched a
Deathrow chain from Travis Lane. They went back to Suge's place and got ready to go to club 662 owned by Suge. Tupac
had wanted to drive his Hummer, but Suge said that they had things to discuss and got Tupac to ride with him. They drove
first in a caravan of cars towards club 662. A white Cadillac pulled up beside them and opened fire. Tupac
tried to get into the backseat, but Suge pulled him down, and a bullet bounced off of his right hip bone and hit is lung.
He was also hit in his right hand and chest. Suge was grazed by a bullet, and suffered a minor head wound. Immediately after
the shooting, the Cadillac went south on Koval. Suge made a U-turn from the left lane of Flamingo and sped West toward Las
Vegas Blvd., away from the nearest hospital. Yafeu Fula (Khadafi) had been in the car behind the BMW with bodyguards and said
he could identify the shooter. He was later found dead in New Jersey with one shot to the back of his head. What
reason would Suge have to kill Tupac ? Well Tupac had over 200 master tapes, tapes which would leave Deathrow if Tupac
left, if dead they would own rights to the tapes and they wouldn't have to pay the enormous amount of money they owed him.
Perhaps Tupac had knowledge of the Row that Suge didn't want him to have if he left. Whoever it was that shot Tupac,
didn't seem to want to kill Suge. 13 shots were fired at the car and Suge was grazed by one. Orlando Anderson,
who was rumored to have been part of the shooting was a crip, and Suge was a blood. Anderson originally testified that
Suge had participated in the beating in the MGM theater, a violation of Suge's parole. He later changed his statement.
It was rumored that Anderson was paid off.
This is a biography of Suge Knight for background information.
Marion Knight, Jr.
Apr 19, 1965 in Compton, CA
The rap world is no stranger to controversy, but the vast majority involves its recording artists, and perhaps
an occasional outbreak of violence at a show. Yet, few industry figures ever attracted the kind of notoriety that Death Row
Records label head Marion "Suge" Knight did. A particularly flamboyant and visible executive, Knight built Death Row into
the biggest hip-hop label of the early '90s, thanks to a stable of talent that included Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and 2Pac.
Death Row brought gangsta rap to the top of the pop charts, and made the West Coast into the epicenter of '90s hip-hop. But
along the way, Knight acquired a reputation for using threats of violence as a business tactic, and made little attempt to
hide his gang connections. His public feuds with rivals and occasional run-ins with the law seemed to lend credence to his
legend, and he was suspected by some of involvement in the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.; though no allegations
were ever proven, elaborate conspiracy theories swirled in the wake of police failure in both investigations. By that time,
Knight was already serving hard time for a parole violation, which effectively crippled Death Row. He returned to the music
industry upon his release, though it remains to be seen if he will ever enjoy a similar level of success.
Marion Knight was born April 19, 1966, in the tough Compton area of Los Angeles; his trademark nickname was
short for "Sugar Bear." As a youth, he was involved with the Mob Piru Bloods street gang, and during his later years was frequently
seen wearing their colors. However, he remained an excellent student and athlete, so much so that he won a football scholarship
to UNLV, where he also made the dean's list. After school, he played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams for a short time,
but couldn't quite make the grade. Instead, he found work as a concert promoter and a bodyguard for celebrities including
Bobby Brown. Knight first ran afoul of the law in 1987, when he faced auto theft, concealed weapon, and attempted murder charges,
but got off simply with probation. Two years later, he formed his own music-publishing company, and allegedly made his first
big money in the business by coercing Vanilla Ice into signing over royalties from his smash album To the Extreme, owing to
material that he supposedly sampled from one of Knight's company creations. (The apocryphal story holds that Knight held Ice
by his ankles off of a 20th-floor balcony, though in Ice's version, the threat was more implied.)
Knight next formed an artist management company and signed prominent West Coast figures the D.O.C. and DJ
Quik. Through the former, he met several members of the seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A., most notably budding superproducer
Dr. Dre. Jumping into the royalty disputes between N.W.A. and their label, Ruthless, Knight negotiated a contract release
for Dre that, according to N.W.A.'s Eazy-E and manager Jerry Heller, involved Knight and his henchmen threatening the two
with pipes and baseball bats. Whatever the methods actually were, Dre co-founded Death Row Records in 1991 with Knight, who
famously vowed to make it "the Motown of the '90s." For a time, Knight made good on his ambitions: He secured a distribution
deal with Interscope, and Dre's solo debut, The Chronic, became one of the biggest-selling and most influential rap albums
of all time. It also made a star of Dre's protégé, Snoop Doggy Dogg, whose debut album, Doggystyle, was another smash hit.
As Dre's signature G-funk production style took over hip-hop, Death Row became a reliable brand name for gangsta fans, and
even its lesser releases sold consistently well.
However, Knight was already courting controversy. During the 1992 sessions for The Chronic, he was arrested
for assaulting two aspiring rappers who allegedly used a phone without his permission, and placed on several years' probation.
Meanwhile, Death Row had begun a public feud with Miami rapper Luke (2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell), and when Knight traveled
to Miami for a hip-hop convention in 1993, he was allegedly seen openly carrying a gun. The following year, he opened a nightclub
in Las Vegas called
-Club 662, so named because the numbers spelled out "MOB" -- his gang affiliation -- on telephone keypads;
he also pleaded no contest to firearms trafficking charges, and was sentenced yet again to probation. In 1995, he ran afoul
of activist C. Delores Tucker, whose criticism of Death Row's glamorization of the gangsta lifestyle helped scuttle a lucrative
deal with Time Warner. Additionally, Knight's feud with East Coast impresario Sean "Puffy" Combs took a nasty turn when Knight
insulted the Bad Boy label honcho on the air at an awards show. However, the year was partially redeemed when Knight offered
to post a hefty bail for Tupac Shakur if the troubled rapper agreed to sign with Death Row. Shakur agreed, setting the stage
for 1996's blockbuster double album All Eyez on Me and the smash hits "California Love" and "How Do U Want It."
2Pac temporarily helped Death Row stay on top of a marketplace that was already shifting back toward the East
Coast, which had devised its own distinct brand of hardcore rap. However, the label suffered a major blow when Dr. Dre, frustrated
with the company's increasingly thuggish reputation, decided to leave and form his own label. A stream of Dre-dissing records
followed, but things turned tragic later in 1996, when Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting -- a passenger in
a car driven by Knight. When Shakur's East Coast rival, the Notorious B.I.G., was murdered in a similar fashion in early 1997,
speculation immediately arose that Knight was somehow involved, that the killing was revenge. To date, both murders remain
unsolved, but the investigations exposed a web of connections between Death Row Records, gang members who worked there, and
LAPD officers who sometimes worked security for the label and its artists during their off hours. Moreover, Knight's story
in the aftermath of Shakur's death was questionable: Medical reports contradicted Knight's claim that a bullet from the attack
had lodged in his skull, and he also said in an interview that even if he knew who murdered Shakur, he wouldn't rat anyone
out to the police.
Videotape at the Las Vegas hotel where Knight and Shakur had been watching a boxing match prior to the murder
showed an altercation with Crips gang member Orlando Anderson, who some believe was the eventual triggerman. Knight's involvement
in the fight violated the terms of his probation. Moreover, it was revealed that Knight's light sentence may have involved
a conflict of interest on the part of prosecutor Lawrence Longo, who rented out a Malibu home to Knight and even had his teenage
daughter sign a recording contract with Death Row. Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison, which effectively spelled
the end of his Death Row empire. During his time in prison, Knight's home was burglarized, and police seized a vehicle at
the Death Row offices thought to be the getaway vehicle in the Biggie Smalls murder. He was released in August 2001 after
serving around five years, and immediately went back to work, retooling his label as Tha Row and searching for new talent.
(Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes actually signed a contract shortly before her tragic death in a car accident.) In late 2002, police
raided Tha Row's record offices and several of Knight's homes looking for evidence in two gang slayings. Only Knight's associates
were implicated in the crimes, but consorting with gang members was another parole violation, and Knight was briefly jailed
again; he was eventually sentenced to 200 hours of anti-gang community service.