Tha Row's chief has a plan for the TLC firebrand

By Tom Sinclair
Updated November 30, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
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Credit: Suge & Lopes Illustration by John Cuneo

He has the girth, but nobody’s likely to mistake ex-jailbird and Tha Row (formerly Death Row) Records chief Marion ”Suge” Knight for Santa. That doesn’t mean he’s averse to doing a little Christmas shopping for himself. On Nov. 9, Knight squired TLC firebrand Lisa ”Left Eye” Lopes to the Lakers/Grizzlies game in L.A., where the two discussed the possibility of Lopes recording a solo album for Knight to be called ”N.I.N.A.” (which Lopes says stands for ”New Identity Non-Applicable.”)

”Suge told me the last time he took an artist to a Lakers game, it was Tupac,” says a source who was present. ”That resulted in [Tupac’s] ‘Makaveli’ project for Death Row. Now he’s taken Lisa, and the ‘N.I.N.A.’ project is being born.” Says Lopes of the possible team up: ”I was visited by a man in my dream, one that sweated me all night about Mr. Suge Knight. He was right, but that’s a whole other story.”

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