Newsweek Interview: 'Suge' Ready to Return to Business at Death Row Records, Says 'A Lot of People Had a Lot to Gain By Me Being Away'

On Dr. Dre: 'Look How The Grammys and Interscope Did Him'



Apr 14, 2001, 01:00 ET from Newsweek

    NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- About to be released from prison, rap
 impresario Marion 'Suge' Knight intends to reassert his stranglehold on
 hip-hop music, telling Newsweek in an exclusive interview:  "Before I came in,
 I hung out at clubs all the time, spent a lot of time on the street.  When I
 get home, that's going to change.  I'll be handling my business, making sure
 it's back on top."  Posted now on Newsweek.MSNBC.com, the interview will in
 the April 23 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, April 16).
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010415/HSSU001 )
 
     Of his time in jail Knight says:  "Most of my artists like Snoop and
 others would have never left Death Row if I hadn't gone to jail," he says.  "A
 lot of people had a lot to gain by me being away."  His mother, Maxine Knight,
 says she doesn't understand why people fear her son.  Asked why is he in
 prison she says, "He's just a rich and powerful black man that people couldn't
 stand to see succeed."
     Downing five microwave dinners in an exclusive four-hour interview with
 National Correspondent Allison Samuels from Mule Creek State Prison, the
 co-founder of the rap label Death Row Records addresses a wide range of
 topics.  Knight has back-handed praise for his former partner, Dr. Dre, who
 launched his solo career on Death Row:  "Dre's a talent -- I ain't taking that
 away from him.  But look how the Grammys and Interscope did him.  He put out
 the best s--- last year with his album and Eminem, who Dre gave credibility.
 But who did they have onstage?"  Pointing out that Eminem appeared not with
 Dre but Elton John, Knight says of Dre,  "I would have made sure he got his
 time."
     Of the recent acquittal of Sean (Puffy) Combs, president of Bad Boy
 Records, a rival label, Knight says:  "Who is he a threat to?  He's just
 acting a fool."
     Snoop Dogg and Dre have been the subject a of barrage of insults on Death
 Row musical releases since they left the label.  Snoop has hired extra
 security in anticipation of Knight's release from prison, but says, "I have to
 trust in the Lord.   I've been hearing Suge was getting out every month since
 he went in.  What I'm supposed to do?  Go hide?"
     Knight uses a cane these days, having broken his ankle in a pickup
 basketball game in the prison yard last year.  "I don't have to do work
 detail," he says -- and he performs a little tap routine to show how well he's
 recovering.
 
 

SOURCE Newsweek
    NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- About to be released from prison, rap
 impresario Marion 'Suge' Knight intends to reassert his stranglehold on
 hip-hop music, telling Newsweek in an exclusive interview:  "Before I came in,
 I hung out at clubs all the time, spent a lot of time on the street.  When I
 get home, that's going to change.  I'll be handling my business, making sure
 it's back on top."  Posted now on Newsweek.MSNBC.com, the interview will in
 the April 23 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, April 16).
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010415/HSSU001 )
 
     Of his time in jail Knight says:  "Most of my artists like Snoop and
 others would have never left Death Row if I hadn't gone to jail," he says.  "A
 lot of people had a lot to gain by me being away."  His mother, Maxine Knight,
 says she doesn't understand why people fear her son.  Asked why is he in
 prison she says, "He's just a rich and powerful black man that people couldn't
 stand to see succeed."
     Downing five microwave dinners in an exclusive four-hour interview with
 National Correspondent Allison Samuels from Mule Creek State Prison, the
 co-founder of the rap label Death Row Records addresses a wide range of
 topics.  Knight has back-handed praise for his former partner, Dr. Dre, who
 launched his solo career on Death Row:  "Dre's a talent -- I ain't taking that
 away from him.  But look how the Grammys and Interscope did him.  He put out
 the best s--- last year with his album and Eminem, who Dre gave credibility.
 But who did they have onstage?"  Pointing out that Eminem appeared not with
 Dre but Elton John, Knight says of Dre,  "I would have made sure he got his
 time."
     Of the recent acquittal of Sean (Puffy) Combs, president of Bad Boy
 Records, a rival label, Knight says:  "Who is he a threat to?  He's just
 acting a fool."
     Snoop Dogg and Dre have been the subject a of barrage of insults on Death
 Row musical releases since they left the label.  Snoop has hired extra
 security in anticipation of Knight's release from prison, but says, "I have to
 trust in the Lord.   I've been hearing Suge was getting out every month since
 he went in.  What I'm supposed to do?  Go hide?"
     Knight uses a cane these days, having broken his ankle in a pickup
 basketball game in the prison yard last year.  "I don't have to do work
 detail," he says -- and he performs a little tap routine to show how well he's
 recovering.
 
 SOURCE  Newsweek