TMZ reported on Monday (Oct. 21) that Suge Knight has signed over his life rights to Ray J, with the intention of the “Sexy Can I” singer generating some income for him while he’s behind bars. With the new deal, Ray J is expected to handle potential projects about the incarcerated Death Row Records head, which could be seen in film, TV shows, books and more.
Ray J, who has allegedly been friends with Knight for decades, is now in charge of selecting any possible biopics or stories involving Knight. Sources told TMZ that documentaries about Knight and Death Row are already underway, and that the legendary label may even make a return—with more investors— since closing its doors in 2009. Furthermore, a Tupac Shakur project is reportedly also in the making, though it hasn’t been confirmed whether this means the arrival of unreleased Tupac music or another biopic.
This August, the toy company responsible for Mr. Potato Head, Hasbro, became the new owner of Death Row after purchasing multi-media company Entertainment One for an all-cash transaction valued at $4 billion. Entertainment One took over Death Row back in 2013, seven years after the label filed for bankruptcy, purchasing its catalog for around $280 million.
Ray J allegedly made out well in the new deal and also recently signed a $1 million deal within the cannabis industry. He’s also enjoying major investments in the headphones and scooter industries and is starring on “Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood,” alongside his wife, Princess Love.
Knight’s story was last documented in the 2018 documentary American Dream/American Knightmare, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film centered around a series of interviews with Knight, along with archived footage of Tupac, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Knight is currently serving the remainder of his 28-year sentence at the Wasco State Prison in California. In September of last year, the music executive plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter when he struck and killed 55-year-old Terry Carter and injured Cle “Bones” Sloan in a 2015 hit-and-run. However, due to prison overcrowding and credit for time served, he could be released in a little over a decade.