Of the numerous documentaries, movies, and television series chronicling the lives of west coast rappers in the ’90s, none of the stories ever focused on the nucleus of their relationships, Death Row Records and it’s infamous founder Suge Knight.
On Wednesday, Showtime Network released the trailer for upcoming series American Dream/American Knightmare, a documentary that will take a deeper look at Knight.
In AMERICAN DREAM/AMERICAN KNIGHTMARE, critically-acclaimed director and producer Fuqua delves deep into the life and storied exploits of the iconic DEATH ROW Records co-founder, Suge Knight, as well as the volatile and highly influential era in music that he presided over. Through a series of interviews with Knight, viewers are guided through his world as he personally reveals exactly how it all happened and why it all fell apart. Once described as the “most feared man in hip-hop,” Knight is currently in jail, sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading no CONTEST to voluntary manslaughter in a 2015 hit-and-run death.
“In this documentary – which took years of research, production and labor to complete – Suge Knight discusses for the first time his complex life in detail,” said Fuqua. “The audience will learn how he built and lost DEATH ROW Records, and his views about the rap music scene. Suge also gives a first-person account and new details about the Las Vegas shooting that took the life of Tupac Shakur and also seriously injured him. This documentary will give viewers more access to Suge’s story than ever before. This is a cautionary tale of one man’s choices and the consequences of his decisions.”
Remember the reports of Knight hanging Vanilla Ice out of a window? That’s in there too.
The documentary, directed by Antoine Fuqua will air Friday, Dec 21 at 8:30/7:30 on SHOWTIME. To see the gripping trailer, flip the page.