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Goons of the Industry

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  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Football and Music Knight, the youngest of three children, grew up in a two-bedroom house in Compton, one of the most gang-infested cities in the country. His father, Marion Knight Sr., was a truck driver from Mississippi who played college football and sang tenor in a minor R&B group. He instilled in his son a passion for football and music.

    Even as a teen, Knight cutan imposing figure. He stood 6 feet 3 and weighed more than 300 pounds. But his temperament was sweet, prompting his father to give him the nickname Sugar Bear, recalled his mother, Maxine.

    While many of his friendsin Compton were running the streets, Knight was getting his aggression out on the football field. He starred at Lynwood High and El Camino Community College before being recruited in 1985 by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where he was an all-conference defensive lineman for two seasons.

    Knight left UNLV a few credits shy of graduation in 1987. His efforts to catch on with a National Football League team fizzled. Discouraged, he took a job as a bouncer for a Las Vegas nightclub and quickly got in trouble with the law.

    From 1987 to 1992, he was arrested eight times on charges such as carrying a concealed handgun and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. In each case, he pleaded no contest and was given a suspended sentence and probation.

    Knight went to work as a bodyguard for a Los Angeles concert promoter and got an inside look at the music business. It didn't take him long to realize that most concert performers and studio musicians earned little for their creative efforts.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    sapp08_2001Los216
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In the Beginning Death Row Records opened in the winter of 1992. Knight and his partner, Dre, hired unknown artists from the ghetto, many with criminal records.

    Knight financed the label with funds from Time Warner's Interscope division under a novel arrangement that allowed him to retain ownership of Death Row's master recordings and song publishing rights. Knight enjoyed a monopoly over the label's creative assets, managing the careers of his artists and controlling the rights to their compositions and recordings.

    "The Chronic," Death Row's 1992 debut release by Dre, sold more than 5 million copies and made the critics' lists of the decade's vital albums. A year later, Snoop's "Doggystyle" broke the industry record for first-week sales. In 1996, Shakur's "All Eyez on Me," the first rap double CD, sold 5 million copies.

    Knight and his artists catapulted hard-core hip-hop into the mainstream, transforming it from a ghetto fad into a global cultural phenomenon. At its peak, the company generated $100 million a year in album sales on the strength of songs that glorified street vengeance, drug dealing and gang warfare.

    Real violence, meanwhile, was close at hand.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    sapp08_2001jazzybellaeternal soldierLos216
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In 1992, Dre pleaded no contest to assaulting a producer and breaking his jaw. In 1993, Snoop was charged with murder after his bodyguard, firing his gun from a Jeep that Snoop was driving, killed a man in a West Los Angeles park. The rap star and his bodyguard claimed the shooting was in self-defense and were acquitted.

    Knight promoted his stars' real-life dramas to juice up sales. Major companies that once refused to do business with him launched copycat labels. The heavyset kid from Compton was now a millionaire with estates in Malibu and Las Vegas.

    "All the rap you hear today came out of what Death Row started," Knight said. "Nobody can deny that. In the beginning, corporations told us they didn't want to deal with Death Row because our rappers cussed on records and were too aggressive. Now, every major corporation puts out aggressive records with cussing."

    It wasn't enough for him to create a label that outsold industry rivals 10 times its size. People close to Knight say he secretly longed for the approval of his childhood pals from Compton, many of whom had turned into hardened criminals. Knight began to flaunt his connection to an obscure street gang called the Mob Piru Bloods.

    He traded in his blue jeans and work boots for manicured suits and bowler hats made of red silk — the color worn by the Bloods. He bought crimson carpet for his studio office. He drained the pool at his Las Vegas mansion and had the tiled bottom painted scarlet.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    sapp08_2001jazzybellaeternal soldierLos216
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Knight hired Bloods from three feuding factions — the Mob Pirus, the Leuders Park and the Fruit Town Pirus — to answer his phones, market his records and provide security at his office and studio. For some, he bought cars. For others, he paid the rent.

    "Suge's bodyguards were feared by everybody because people knew what they had done in the past," said Ladd, the Garden Grove gang investigator. "They weren't afraid to kill — and they let it be known."

    Knight put a different spin on it. He bragged that his company offered a second chance to people shunned by society. Many of his employees had never held a job before.

    For the Bloods, Death Row offered entree to a world of privilege — chauffeured limousines, chartered planes, backstage passes, escort girls. The men in Knight's posse turned heads as they strolled into the Grammy Awards and other events decked out in silk suits. For the gang members, Death Row wasn't just a paycheck. It was a nonstop party where they, and their weapons, were always welcome.

    In 1995, authorities beganinvestigating Death Row employees in connection with a series of assaults, robberies and murders in Compton. The victims, in many cases, had had run-ins with Knight. Police suspected that Knight was orchestrating the crimes but could not find sufficient evidence to charge him. Knight denied any wrongdoing.

    In 1996, his empire began to crumble. Dre left to launch his own label. Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, with Knight at his side. Death Row's corporate investors and distributors grew uncomfortable with the negative publicity.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    sapp08_2001Los216
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And the gang members who provided Knight's security began fighting among themselves.

    People familiar with the situation say Knight tried to control the rival Bloods factions with money and gifts. But his largess often provoked resentment. He lent luxury cars and apartments to his favorites, only to revoke the perks on a whim. He told associates that if they stuck by him, someday they too would have big houses in the suburbs. When it didn't happen, his hangers-on grew embittered.

    In the summer of 1996, one of Knight's bodyguards refused to return two Death Row cars. In response, several other bodyguards tried to abduct and kill the man, according to people with knowledge of the dispute. The bodyguard escaped but was shot in the buttocks.

    Knight later fired the rogue bodyguard, after authorities told him that the man had ordered several gang killings. Informants have told police that the man vowed revenge.

    "Suge Knight has made a lot of enemies over the years," said Tim Brennan, a former Compton gang investigator now with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "Some of the very people who worked for Suge have now turned against him."

    Police believe the fired employee embarked on a campaign of violence against Knight's inner circle. He enlisted associates to carry out some shootings and was the getaway driver at least once, according to gang members and investigators.

    The original grievance against Knight became tangled up with other gang feuds. The estranged bodyguard is said to have found an ally in his vendetta — a drug dealer and fellow Blood who believed Knight had ordered the killing of one of his friends.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    sapp08_2001jazzybellaCashmoneyDuxLos216
  • Idiopathic JokerIdiopathic Joker PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderPosts: 45,553 Regulator
    No one's gonna touch suge or they would have already
    Fuck you, I'm a mod
    *~queenbee~*jazzybellaWhoisDonG???
  • Lou_CypherLou_Cypher Make Reasonable Choices. H. E. Double Hockey SticksPosts: 52,387 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • RickyRichRickyRich Posts: 13,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    D. Morgan wrote: »
    No one's gonna touch suge or they would have already

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  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    got these from Uproxx

    1. Kevin Chiles

    Before Dame, Biggs, and Jay made us fall in love with the concept of going from hustlers to execs, Kevin Chiles (who is also the husband of Don Diva founder Tiffany Chiles) was the real deal. A noticeable presence during early ’90s the Jack The Rapper conventions alongside luminaries such as Suge Knight and a young Sean “Puffy” Combs, Chiles had all the makings of a future young mogul.

    But as the Big Boss Records CEO was about to obtain a national distribution deal for his label, the feds swooped in with a indictment against Chiles on kingpin charges, thus halting his dreams of going from packs to raps. Legend has it that the feds actually tried to sabotage his record deal out of fear of Chiles’ getting away from their clutches, as he had amassed a Stringer Bell-esque portfolio of legit success aside from the hustle. With that said, f*ck the police.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    *~queenbee~*Los216
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    2. Azie Faison

    Azie Faison, also known as Ace from Paid In Full, stands as one of the most ballyhooed street figures in Hip-Hop. After barely escaping the streets, AZ barged his way into the world of entertainment, forming hardcore rap group Mobstyle, with Wip-Wop, Pretty Tone Capone and Gangsta Lou rounding out the group.

    The slightly unpolished Mobstyle helped forge early gangster rap and made waves in the New York underground scene with their gritty, reality-based style with the bones to make it all believable. Their true street cred led them to challenge any and all poseurs, including N.W.A., who, as legend has it, Mobstyle chased out of the Apollo after a 1991 show. Commercial success aside, Mobstyle remains an oft-forgotten relic in the annals of the New York underground and showed us Azie was worth more than dry cleaning and moving coke after all.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    *~queenbee~*LOLCL
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    5. Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant

    “Haitian Jack’s” name definitely rang a few bells and shook up a few souls during his reign in the industry. Hailing from the streets of East New York in Brooklyn, Jack, real name Jacques Agnant, made his entrance in the game through intimidation and charm, acting as a hanger-on and confidant to various superstars. After allegedly being involved in the infamous Tupac/Quad Studio shooting, Jack got in good favor with fellow Haitian Wyclef Jean before being nabbed by the Feds and agreeing to become a music industry informant.

    After heading to Beverly Hills to continue his reign of terror (albeit under Federal supervision), Jack lost it after being disrespected by some Black Mafia Family members and shot-up one of the thugs in the middle of the club. This lead to his eventual deportation, thus ending his legendary strong-arm tactics, as far as we know.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    *~queenbee~*Tsotsi Cape Town
  • D. MorganD. Morgan Not even on social media BUT.... I'M SWAGGIN SO HARD I FUCKED THE GRAM UPPosts: 11,601 ✭✭✭✭✭
    RickyRich wrote: »
    D. Morgan wrote: »
    No one's gonna touch suge or they would have already

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    You thought that post was serious and not jokes?

    I don't give a fuck about none these niggas and the so called work they put in or their friends put in.

    Them videos is all entertainment and speculation cause if you wasn't there when it happened what you've been told about what happened is hearsay.

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  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    . Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory

    Arguably the most ubiquitous name on this list, BMF is synonymous with when the streets and industry collide. From the brazen billboards overlooking the city to being publicly associated with Young Jeezy, Demetrius and brother Terry Flenory were definitely making a name for themselves in Atlanta around 2000, their high profile ways raising the eyebrows of everyone from your casual rap fan to the feds.

    Their excessive flash of wealth and high-priced toys without a viable commercial artist on their roster didn’t help their causes with them alphabet boys, as they swooped down with and indictment that included everyone from flagship artist Bleu Davinci to Jacob The Jeweler. As brief as their ride on the top was, it will remain almost mythical in the minds of some, as their ‘the world is mine’ attitude resonated with the spirit of the culture, but cost them their freedom in the end.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    Tsotsi Cape TownjazzybellaMallyGCashmoneyDux
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    9. James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond

    With a nickname that was definitely earned, Rosemond was a terror on the streets and in the prison system. Early on, Henchman made a name for himself as one to be respected and feared, running Rikers Island’s notorious C-74 Juvenile Unit, known for housing the most rotten seeds in the Big Apple (including the original 50 Cent). Entering the music industry, Jimmy hustled his way into a credible career as a manager, overlooking the careers of artists such as The Game and Sean Kingston as the CEO of Czar Entertainment.

    While it looked like Rosemond had overcome his criminal past, revelations came to light that in addition to running a cocaine distribution network and committing murder-for-hire, Henchman also allegedly admitted to involvement in the 1994 shooting of Tupac at NYC’s Quad Studio’s. It is said that Henchman, who met Tupac with Haitian Jack while Pac prepped for his role in Above The Rim, grew jealous over Shakur’s celebrity. After Pac made negative comments directed towards Rosemond while on trial for rape, Rosemond reportedly felt that the rapper “had to be taught a lesson.”

    Henchman later denied making those statements or admitting his involvement, but the proof is in the pudding and it’s safe to say Rosemond’s run in the rap game is all but over. In June 2012, he was arrested in NYC on federal cocaine distribution charges and faces life in prison.
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

    *~queenbee~*Tsotsi Cape Town
  • _God__God_ Posts: 6,396 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I seen this I wanted to post it but this a police channel on YouTube
    trendsetta1030*~queenbee~*blackgod813
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