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Suge Knight, Hip Hop Producer, Arrested After LA Traffic Stop

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 08:03 AM

Marion "Suge" Knight, the former hip-hop producer who elevated the careers of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, was arrested in Wednesday in Los Angeles for a traffic violation and an outstanding warrant.

Los Angeles police officers stopped the founder of Death Row Records just after midnight Wednesday near Beverly Hills, the Associated Press reported.

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Knight's vehicle was straddling two lanes and had no license plates, TMZ reported.

Authorities took Knight into custody after a record check showed he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. A judge issued the warrant in February after Knight skipped a court appearance for driving without a license.

Knight was released on $20,000 bail from county jail several hours later.

Knight, 48, who now leads Black Kapital Records, was one of the most influential hip-hop producers of the 1990s and helped bring the music genre mainstream,

He founded Death Row Records with Dr. Dre in 1991 and helped mold the careers of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. Knight served five years in prison for a parole violation in the 1990s, which led to the decline of Death Row, Reuters reported.

The death of Shakur and departure of Dr. Dre from Death Row hastened the business's demise, forcing Knight to file for bankruptcy in 1996.

A former professional football player, Knight played defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams as replacement player during the 1987 National Football League strike. He attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and worked as a bodyguard for singer Bobby Brown before starting Death Row.

Knight is a native of Compton, Calif. and was a member of the Eastside Bounty Hunter Bloods gang in Los Angeles.

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