Collect Calls With Suge Knight: What We Know

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LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Music Producer Suge Knight (L) and guest host D.L.Hughley appear at CBS Studios for a taping of "The Late Late Show" on November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Suge Knight gives his take on the incident at this week's Vibe Awards. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Suge Knight plans to spill the tea on everything -- except Tupac's murder case -- in his upcoming podcast.

Suge Knight, the former powerhouse behind Death Row Records, is making waves from behind bars with his latest venture - a podcast titled Collect Calls With Suge Knight. This podcast promises to delve into the depths of hip-hop from his perspective. You'll hear Suge share life experiences about his time in the industry and forge connections with both younger and older artists. If you’re waiting to find out more about the upcoming podcast, we have the scoop for you. 

Who Is Suge Knight?

Marion Suge Knight watches show. during The 7th Annual Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards - Show at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

Suge Knight is best known as the former CEO of Death Row Records, an infamous figure who shook up the music industry. Beginning his career as a bodyguard for celebrities like Bobby Brown, he eventually became a leading force in hip-hop. He helped launch the careers of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg as the first releases under Death Row Records. Later, he inked a deal with 2Pac to release his biggest commercial success, All Eyez On Me. Not only a synonymous figure with the West Coast’s golden era but Suge Knight is also an individual who carved a lane out in the business world with a by-any-means-necessary attitude.

Suge is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter. Knight's life took a sharp turn in 2018 when he was convicted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident at Tam’s Burger in Compton in 2015 that left 55-year-old Terry Carter dead. While he’s currently incarcerated, his influence on the culture remains prevalent. 

Collect Calls With Suge Knight: The Podcast Revelation

In an unexpected turn of events, TMZ reported Suge Knight has partnered with Dave Mays, CEO of Breakbeat Media and founder of The Source magazine, to launch his podcast. Aptly titled Collect Calls With Suge Knight, this podcast is set to go live on Halloween (Oct. 31), and the duo has already recorded approximately five half-hour episodes. The podcast promises to be an intriguing blend of hip-hop insights and personal revelations.

What Will The Podcast Cover?

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The podcast aims to go beyond merely shedding light on hip-hop headlines. We could expect Suge to address artists and hip-hop pundits (i.e., Wack 100) who have used Knight's name for attention. Additionally, he'll share his perspective on Snoop Dogg's rebrand of Death Row. Ultimately, the show is not designed to sling mud. However, he did respond to Warren G's recent comments on Drink Champs in the trailer. “Warren G, you couldn't take care of yourself, how was you gonna get 'Pac out of prison?" he asked. More importantly, Suge Knight plans to share his life experiences with the younger generation, both the highs and lows. Furthermore, the podcast will serve as a platform for connecting with older artists and addressing audience questions.

“As we celebrate hip-hop’s 50th year, more than ever the hip-hop community needs a media platform that they can trust to bring a truthful and authentic perspective on so many important things happening in our world. I’m proud that Breakbeat provides this essential and valuable medium,” Mays told TMZ. “And I'm so excited to be able to enlist the help of my longtime friend and one of hip-hop’s most formidable, pioneering, and fearless leaders to help Breakbeat continue to achieve this goal. Collect Call With Suge Knight will awaken hip-hop fans worldwide and build bridges across multiple generations.”

When Can You Tune In?

Collect Calls With Suge Knight will follow a consistent release schedule. Audio versions of the episodes will be available every Thursday, while video versions will drop on Fridays. A sneak peek of the first episode will be accessible on October 24. However, there's one aspect that's off-limits - Knight's podcast will not divulge details about the infamous Tupac Shakur case.

Suge Knight's Silence On Tupac Shakur Case

Portrait of rapper Tupac Shakur (1971 - 1996) (left) and music executive Marion 'Suge' Knight, of Death Row Records, outside Club 662, Las Vegas, Nevada, circa 1996. (Photo by Nitro/Getty Images)

As an eyewitness to Tupac's murder, Suge Knight holds critical information about the case that has intrigued fans for decades. However, Knight has categorically stated that he will not cooperate with prosecutors regarding the Tupac case. This resolute stance further deepens the mystery surrounding Shakur's tragic murder.

However, recent developments in the Tupac Shakur case added a new layer of intrigue. Suspect Duane 'Keefe D' Davis, arrested on September 29, is a key figure in the case. However, Suge Knight has expressed his refusal to testify against Davis if called as a witness.

Davis's arrest comes 27 years after the fatal shooting of Tupac Shakur, a crime that shook the hip-hop world. The murder occurred as the legendary rapper was leaving a Las Vegas Strip boxing match and was believed to be rooted in gang-related conflicts between two Compton-based gangs.

The Next Episode For Suge Knight

Suge Knight's podcast, Collect Calls With Suge Knight, is set to be a captivating journey into hip-hop, coupled with personal revelations. While Suge Knight remains tight-lipped about the Tupac Shakur case, the recent arrest of a key suspect adds a layer of intrigue to an already enigmatic story. So, mark your calendars for Halloween in 2023, when Suge Knight's voice from behind bars will resonate in the world of podcasting.

About The Author
Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.
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