Knight and six artists from his label,
Tha Row spoke to 700 University Of Southern California
students last week. Suge, who spoke on stage at
Bovard Auditorium, stood on stage, smoking a cigar.
was brought the USC by the Program Board Speaker's
Committee and Entertainment Industry Student Association,
to speak on his insight on business and leadership.
"The most important thing a student could do
is start his own company," Knight said. "Don't
ever let anybody take your dream away, do what the
fuck makes you happy," Suge said.
is especially to the women. First get your degree,
then get your business and your money and then you
can be like us men and pick and choose who you want
to be with," Knight said. While Suge delivered
such inspiring messages, some people in the audience
got mixed messages. While praising the abilities
of modern women, he still referred to women as bitches,
offending some women in the crowd, prompting them
to leave the lecture.
audience cheered at various point in the lecture.
When Knight talked about the start of Death Row
Records and the now infamous incident with Vanilla
Ice as well as his relationship with Tupac, Knight
was greeted with laughter and applause.
humble, Suge showed how serious he took the networking
aspect of the entertainment business. He extended
an invitation to students in the audience to work
at his new label and gave out his personal and cell
numbers to anyone that was serious about getting
involved with his label. "Networking is the
best thing you can do as a student, because you
never know when you might need somebody who used
be your roommate, but is now the mayor of the city
you live in."