It was recently announced that Hasbro, the parent company of Wizards of the Coast, purchased Entertainment One, which owns Death Row Records, in a deal valued at $3.8 billion.
Death Row Records was a recording studio started by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight in 1991. Death Row was very much credited with the explosion of gangsta rap in the 1990s. With news of this strange business pairing between a toy company and a gangsta rap studio, a new land of opportunity is presented to us. So…
I built a fighter subclass built around Knight’s notorious character. He was known as a gangbanger with a nasty attitude, who often got away with his crimes through a network of connections, bribes, and hiring other people to do his dirty work. Without further ado, I present The Suge Knight:
Let’s take a dive into the features, so I can key you in on some of the lore:
The Chronic was a triple-platinum album released by Dr. Dre in 1992.
The class feature references Knight’s arrest with a fog-making device during a 1992 Las Vegas traffic stop.
Doggystyle was a quadruple-platinum album released by Snoop Doggy Dogg in 1994.
The class feature references an alleged incident between Knight and Vanilla Ice AKA Rob Van Winkle. Legend tells that after numerous confrontations by Knight’s people over the rights to Ice Ice Baby, Knight accosted Van Winkle personally, dangling him over a balcony by his ankles. The rights were signed over shortly thereafter. Van Winkle denies the incident.
All Eyez On Me
All Eyez On Me was a diamond album released by Tupac Shakur in 1996.
Knight was actually shot on multiple occasions, including twice at pre-parties for MTV’s Video Music Awards. In 2005, Knight was “accidentally” shot in the leg at Kanye West’s pre-VMA party. In 2014, Knight was shot six times in an intended hit at Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party, but still managed to walk to the ambulance. Knight refused to cooperate with law enforcement.
The Funky Headhunter
The Funky Headhunter was a platinum album released by MC Hammer in 1994.
This feature references the number of contacts and cronies that Knight leveraged to attract the biggest names in west coast rap, and to carry out his dirty work.
Murder Was the Case
Murder Was the Case was the eponymous soundtrack album to a 1994 film produced by Death Row, which examined the life of Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Knight was implicated in the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, but he was never charged. The family of Notorious BIG actually sued the Los Angeles County Police Department (LAPD) for a cover-up related to his death, alleging that Knight had contacts in the LAPD and paid bribes to make it go away. Knight was also implicated in a number of other assaults and altercations. After running over and killing a man in a rage-induced incident in his car in a fast food parking lot, Knight managed to delay going to jail for years by claiming a series of medical ailments and changing lawyers like underwear. While he did eventually wind up in prison, Knight lived relatively free for decades while wreaking havoc across the nation.