Suge Knight is handling his business thoughtfully while serving his time in prison. The co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records has tapped Ray J to handle his record company, but he denies reports that he signed over his life rights to the singer.
The previous reports said the former contestant of U.K.’s “Celebrity Big Brother” would strike a number of deals for film, TV and book publications on behalf of the music producer to make some money for him and his family while he’s behind bars.
Clarifying the rumors, Suge says through a phone call with The Blast, “Yeah, I just heard about the article being released regarding that Ray J has all my rights television, movies, books, you know all that type of stuff. He don’t.” He adds though, “Ray J is not just a friend of mine, that’s little brother, that’s family. And I respect Ray J and his business dealings, that’s why I choose him as one of the guys to deal with the music side of the future for as Death Row Records, anything to do Death Row and it’s great to have him cause he will be putting out this incredible album and I heard it before.”
Suge says that his fiancee Toi-Lin Kelly is the guardian of his life rights. He explains, “As far as the person who has the power of attorney, which is Toi who is dealing with the movie, television [and] a documentary.”
The 54-year-old producer also reveals that Nick Cannon has been tapped to handle his autobiography in book form. He has complete faith that “The Masked Singer” host would do him justice as a writer on his book, calling the 39-year-old rapper/actor “the most realest guy in the business today.”
Meanwhile, Suge’s fiancee Toi-Lin says in a statement to The Blast, “As Suge’s power of attorney, I am currently and actively engaged in negotiations in regards to Suge’s Movie projects, Documentary, and television series projects, and working with Nick Cannon in regards to Suge’s book. Those involved know who they are and are directly in communication with me daily. We’d respectfully ask those creating confusion and recklessly stating otherwise to please refrain from doing so moving forward.”
In September 2018, Suge was sentenced to 28 years in prison for a fatal 2015 hit-and-run that killed his friend and co-founder of Heavyweight Records, Terry Carter. The second victim, filmmaker Cle Sloan, suffered a mangled foot and head injuries.