Marion 'Suge' Knight, Jr. (born April 19, 1965) (a.k.a. Bozi Thga or Big Simon) is the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. Death Row Records rose to dominate the rap charts after Dr. Dre's breakthrough album The Chronic in 1992. After several years of chart successes for artists including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Outlawz and Tha Dogg Pound, Death Row Records stagnated after Knight's incarceration on parole violation charges in September 1996. Marion Hugh Knight was born in Compton, California. His name, Suge, derives from 'Sugar Bear', a childhood nickname. He attended Lynwood High School in nearby Lynwood, California where he was a football and track star. He graduated in 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he attended El Camino College on a football scholarship. In 1985, he transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and played there for two years.
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