The son of incarcerated music executive Marion “Suge” Knight is launching a new career for himself in real estate — and though his father is behind bars, he’s still offering his support.
Suge Jacob Knight, 23, is leading a new VH1 eight-episode docu-series called Love & Listings, following him and a group of young, ambitious real estate agents as they work to forge their path in the cutthroat business and pull back the curtain on their glamorous and scandalous lives.
A press release for the show, which premieres in July, promises viewers will get to see lots of Suge Jacob’s elite celebrity clientele — including Jermaine Dupri, Jordin Sparks, Amber Rose, Ray J, Brandy Norwood, and Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams (among others).
But it’s one face viewers don’t see that makes the most impact.
In the trailer for the series, Suge Jacob receives a call from his dad from prison, during which the inmate doles out some emotional advice.
“I believe in you,” Suge Sr., 54, says. “Believe in yourself and you’re going to be alright.”
His words appear to have a big affect on Suge Jacob, who tears up earlier in the clip speaking about the struggles he feels both professionally and personally under the weight of his family name.
“I just don’t want to let my dad down,” Suge Jacob says.
Real estate appears to be a perfect fit for him.
“Growing up around stars sets me up for my next chapter in real estate,” he says in the trailer for the series. “I want to have million-dollar house listings. I have the connections. Getting this real estate license and becoming the top agent in L.A. is the first step to making my father proud.”
“I like the fact that I’m around successful people and beautiful homes, and I also get to do what I love,” he adds. “I’m not going to let anything stop me.”
Suge Jacob is one of five kids Suge Sr. has from multiple relationships.
The co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records is currently behind bars serving a 28 years prison sentence on manslaughter charges for the January 2015 hit-and-run death of 55-year-old Terry Carter. He has pleaded no contest to the Compton crime, but was arrested that month and charged nearly four years later, in October 2018, after accepting a plea deal.
Back in February 2017, his son spoke to BET.com about his relationship with his father.
“My dad is really the only person that I look up to,” Suge Jacob said. “People who praise him look at him like the big gangster guy. That’s not who I see and that’s not who I grew up with.”
“I grew up with the first black man who owned a business on Wilshire Boulevard,” Suge Jacob continued. “I remember my dad donating $250,000 to Bill Clinton’s campaign. I remember him putting up millions for two rappers that people praise to this day for their legal cases. I remember him sitting in court during Snoop’s murder trials never missing a day. That’s why today, I don’t point fingers, so I don’t expect anyone to do that to us. I’m not focused on that. I’m focused on bringing justice to my father’s name.”
Love and Listings premieres July 31 (9 p.m.) on VH1.
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