The most feared man in Hip Hop, Marion "Suge" Knight has been touting a reality show in development since late 2004. Although no networks have officially backed the uncut look at the Death Row Records co-founder and notorious executive, what appears to be an official trailer surfaced over this past holiday weekend.
The show appears to follow Knight in search of talent for his dwindling imprint. With a series of challenges, not unlike Diddy's Making The Band hit series on MTV, Knight and cohorts drill potential artists throughout Compton, Inglewood, Las Vegas and elsewhere on their merits to be down with the label that was deemed "untouchable" in 1996.
In recent years, both Death Row and Suge Knight have been skewered with controversy and financial shortcomings. The label filed for bankruptcy in 2006, since making the label's holdings under the control of a court-appointed board since. Besides 2004's Against Tha Grain by Kurupt, the label has ceased to release new, official material by a living artist with the label since 1998.
Although artists to the likes of Ray J, Petey Pablo and Juvenile have been claimed to be signed to the label in recent years, the last official artist confirmed with the label is Queens' Lakey Da Kid, who was deemed in 2005 to be the flagship artist of Death Row East, during the label's distribution deal with Koch Records.
There is no word as to where the reality show will air, or when. HipHopDX will keep you posted.