Marion Hugh Knight Jr., better known as rap mogul Suge Knight or just Suge, is suing Apple employee Dr. Dre for $300 million, alleging Dre hired a hitman in an attempt to murder him after cutting Suge out of earnings for Beats. According to TMZ, Suge and his attorney are convinced that it was Dre who had him pumped with seven bullets in 2014 in a West Hollywood night club.
The lawsuit alleges Dre hired a hitman to kill Suge who had a lifetime management deal with Dre entitling him to 30 percent of Dre’s entertainment earnings.
The $300 million Suge wants from Dre represents 30% of Dre’s $1 billion take in the sale of Beats to Apple. That deal reportedly made Dr. Dre the richest man in hip-hop.
A lawyer for Dr. Dre said, “Given that Dre has had zero interaction with Suge since leaving Death Row Records in 1996, we hope that Suge’s lawyer has lots of malicious prosecution insurance.”
Suge, a former American football defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, co-founded Death Row Records which at one time included Dr. Dre on its roster.
Death Row Records rose to dominate the rap charts after Dr. Dre’s breakthrough album “The Chronic” in 1992. The company stagnated after Suge’s incarceration on probation violation charges in September 1996 and went bankrupt in 2006.
As you know, Apple bought Beats for $3 billion in 2014. The iPhone maker reportedly didn’t want to do business with Suge, 50, who was charged with murder and attempted murder in February 2015 following a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, California.
Suge killed a guy and injured another one after hitting them with his car, saying one of the men was ordered to murder him. He is currently in jail on a charge of murder.