West Coast hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is ready to tell the truth about himself.
The Death Row Records founder has signed with Acme Literary and Talent and
will pitch his memoir to publishers in New York next week, according to
Knight is also hoping to sell his story to producers and expand his music franchise more into film. Death Row has so far released one direct-to-video title, the video compilation "Death Row Uncut."
The memoir, which is still being penned, will chronicle Knight's rise from a
poor Compton football player to the head of one of rap's most influential
and notorious labels. It will include details about his recent four-year
prison term for violating probation on assault charges (see "Suge Knight Sentenced To Nearly Eight Years In Jail"), as well as his
relationships with former Death Row artists Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who was recording a solo album for Tha Row before her
death in late April (see "Left Eye Signs With Suge Knight's Tha Row").
If the book is anything like Knight's tirade at the West Coast Hip-Hop
Summit in February, where he attacked everyone from Master P to Janet
Jackson (see "Suge Knight Gives Hip-Hop Summit Something To Talk About"), it is bound to be controversial.
"There've been a lot of allegations about Death Row and me and I felt I owe
it to the public and the fans to hear the truth," Knight told Daily
Variety. Regarding the new venture, he added, "Everything is open. I
want to do a lot of things."