Taser-wielding cops. Suge Knight in the hospital. Akon's manager in jail. What we got here is the makings of a new rap war.
Arizona police say that former Death Row Records kingpin Knight was hospitalized with "broken facial bones" following an early morning dustup in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.
Two men were arrested for opening a can of whupass on the 43-year-old Knight around 3 a.m. in the W Scottsdale Hotel. One of the pair—Robert Carnes Jr., 38—identified himself as Akon's manager.
Carnes and Thomas Anderson Jr., 33, of California, were booked on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct.
Akon, who was in Phoenix for Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, was not present during the fight, according to police.
As cofounder of Death Row, the bear-size Knight was once one of the most powerful and feared figures in hip-hop, overseeing a roster that included Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, and launching a much-hyped East Coast-West Coast rivalry with Diddy's N.Y.-based Bad Boy label.
But a series of arrests and financial missteps, along with the defection of key artists, cost Knight his empire. Death Row filed for bankruptcy in 2006, and its assets were snapped up at auction last year by Global Music Group.