With all of the recent struggles, Suge Knight is trying to rebuild himself. He has lost everything he had because he failed to pay his child support. Once upon a time, he was one of the most-feared men in hip hop. Now, he is nothing more than a common joke. While Suge Knight does not want to be feared, he does want to be taken seriously.
Nearly twenty years ago, Suge Knight used his connections to get Dr. Dre away from Eazy-E and Ruthless Records. Immediately, they came together and created Death Row Records. The creation of Death Row led to one of the first hip hop dynasties. Artists on Death Row consisted of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and many other popular acts. Before their untimely demise, the label even had Tupac Shakur on the roster.
Growing up, it was said that Suge Knight often dreamed of being a mob boss and when he created Death Row, they acted as if they were a criminal organization. Dr. Dre, on the other hand, simply wanted to create music and go about his business. He and Knight often clashed about the way that they felt was best to handle business. Dr. Dre felt that things could be talked out, while Suge Knight felt that they should use force.
Sadly, a resolution could not be reached and their dynasty fell apart. But, this is not the last blow to Suge Knight. For eleven years after Dr. Dre left the label, he signed many acts to the label. Knight hoped that they could secure a solid distribution deal, again, and take the game over one more time. But, his reputation cost him a lot of business. Soon, the label stopped profiting and was eventually taken away from Knight.
In 2008, Suge Knight announced that he was going to create a new label, Black Ball Records. The status of that label is unknown, but Suge Knight does intend on creating another label. With the current state of West Coast hip hop, Suge Knight hopes that he can sign some artists from the Los Angeles area and secure another distribution deal. If everything goes as planned, he hopes to indeed revive West Coast hip hop.