Former Death Row Records mogul Suge Knight is 100 percent here for the new rap generation. The jailed hip-hop executive has weighed-in on everyone from Tekashi 6ix9ine to Cardi B taking over the music industry.
In a new phone interview, Knight explains the importance of older hip-hop artists acknowledging the youth run the rap game.
“This is the thing you’ve got to understand. Rap music is a young man’s sport. It’s for the young people. When rappers get to be a certain age, if he’s still rapping the same way, it means he’s telling a lie if he’s saying he’s getting switches and in his mama’s basement chopping up drugs or something, that’s a lie if he’s damn near 50 or 40 years old. I think for those young guys out here doing what they’re doing, I think it’s great. I think whatever they feel they have a right to say, they should express themselves. I wish them dudes nothing but success. Every young artist out there, I wish them the best. I wish they go a thousand times better than [Death Row Records]. I wish them nothing but respect. That goes to all the young guys and YG. YG is one of my favorite rappers. Him and I think Cardi B is the most incredible artist that’s been in the industry in a long time. She’s a natural born star and people can relate to her.” (The Blast)
A few days ago, Knight appeared in court and received his headline-generating 28-year prison sentence over a fatal 2015 hit-and-run.
Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was formally sentenced on Thursday to 28 years in prison for a 2015 hit and run that left one man dead and another man injured. The 53-year-old former producer and co-founder of gangsta rap label Death Row Records last month pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for businessman Terry Carter’s death in Compton, California. (Huffington Post)
Victim Terry Carter‘s family reportedly appeared in court during the sentencing.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen handed down the sentence as expected Thursday for running over and killing businessman Terry Carter outside a Compton burger stand in 2015. Members of Carter’s family addressed the court including daughter Crystal, who called Knight “a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species.” Knight avoided a murder trial that was about to begin when he agreed two weeks ago to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter and accept the sentence. (AP News)
Carter’s family members also came forward to speak on the aftermath.
“He never got out of the car, to see if my uncle was okay. This has to be in my family forever. Nothing will be the same. Not even an apology, condolences have been made to my family,” Carter’s niece tearfully stated. Knight, wearing an orange jumpsuit and glasses, looked on, expressionless. Family members voiced their anger at Knight and said they are haunted by the video of the incident. (CNN)