From Prison Suge Knight Says He Has An Album-Worth Of Unreleased Tupac Music And Wants Cardi B On New Tracks
Being in state prison hasn’t stopped Suge Knight from promoting Death Row Records and doing so by using Tupac Shakur, the rapper who died (allegedly) 23 years ago. Suge gave an interview from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego where he asserts that he has enough unreleased tracks from Tupac that Death Row could drop a new album and he wants current music superstars to appear on the upcoming project, especially Cardi B.
Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr. gave an interview to the Daily Mail from prison in California where he is currently serving a 28-year sentence for the fatal hit-and-run from 2015.
The Death Row CEO claims that he is sitting on an album-worth of unreleased music from 2pac. Knight wants to release the new music from Tupac, but he also wants to get current hip-hop and R&B stars to appear on the upcoming album. Knight explains why the never-before-heard music has yet to be released despite Tupac dying (allegedly) on September 13, 1996, at the age of 25. “[It’s] not that they was bad songs but those are songs that Pac didn’t want to be out on an album or want to be out,” Knight said.
Knight wants to gather an all-star lineup of singers and rappers to appear on the new Tupac album. “When it’s time to do a real Tupac album, you get the right people that work with him, that he would work with, you know, like Drake or… Beyonce likes Tupac music,” Suge said.
The Death Row boss was especially interested in getting Cardi B on a track with Shakur and even proclaimed her to be the female version of Tupac. “He would definitely appreciate to see her with him and Cardi B is probably the most aggressive entertainer in the biz today. And I think she’s the female version of Tupac. Tupac with a skirt. Yeah.”
Death Row filed for bankruptcy in April of 2006 because of debt of over $100 million. Suge Knight sold Death Row Records back on June 24, 2008, for $24 million. The label that was founded by Knight in 1991 had a stable of tremendous rappers such as Tupac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg during its heyday.
The sale of Death Rows Records to Global Music Group Inc. gave them the current artist contracts as well as iconic hip-hop albums such as “The Chronic,” “All Eyez on Me” and “Doggystyle.” Knight alleges that despite the sale, he still gets to retain the rights to unreleased Shakur recordings from before 1996.
This unreleased music seems to be what Suge’s son was talking about last month when he boasted that he “got Pac back in the studio.” Many took the statement as literal and that Tupac was alive and back in the studio to make new music. In a January 9th Instagram post, Suge J. Knight also said he was in search of “the hottest producer to work on a project for Pac.”
People came to that conclusion that Tupac could record new songs because four months ago Suge Knight Jr. broadcast to the world that Shakur was not murdered, but still alive and living in Malaysia. A conspiracy theory that retired Las Vegas Police Department Sergeant Chris Caroll, a first responder who was at the scene of the drive-by shooting of Tupac on September 7, 1996, called “ridiculous.” Caroll said that Tupac “for all practical purposes died” in his arms in the Las Vegas street. The Malaysia story is just one of many conspiracy theories that say Tupac Shakur is still alive to this day.