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For Sale on AutoTrader: Suge Knight's Cadillac Escalade

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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg June 2011

For some people there are cars that have become a cultural icon. For the tuner crowd it was the Honda Civic. For the eco-conscious, the Toyota Prius is top. But for the kings of hip-hop, the car of choice is the Cadillac Escalade.

For sale right now on Auto Trader is a heavily modified Escalade that once belonged to rap producer Suge Knight.

Knight rose to fame in 1991 when he, together with rapping legend Dr. Dre, built a music empire with their production company, Death Row Records. The label dominated the West Coast rapping scene with artists like Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Nate Dogg and others.

In 2002 he picked up this Cadillac Escalade and got to work. This truck has been fitted with just about every aftermarket extra available. The Caddy rolls on a set of 24-inch wood and chrome spinner wheels by Davon. Knight also had a shop fit his ride with a custom supercharger to give the truck more power.

Of course, the rear headrests sport TV displays but that is just a small part of the truck's impressive entertainment system.

Knight's world revolves around music, so it's pretty safe to say he took the modification of his car's sound system pretty seriously. The Escalade rocks a stereo that cost $35,000, according to Henry Alvarez who works for the dealer that is selling the Escalade on consignment. In the back is a set of four 12-inch subwoofers that are mounted in a custom housing, complete with a glass plaque that proudly says "Suge's" on it.

The Escalade was put on consignment by a friend of Knight's, and according to Alvarez, that person is planning on throwing in a kicker to sweeten the deal. "He said he's going to give whoever buys it a Harley Davidson motorcycle as well." Alvarez said.

The asking price for this rapper's delight is $23,998 which is a bit beyond a normal Escalade's estimated value. Modifications rarely bring up a car's value substantially, but if you're in the market for something with some real street cred, you'll have a tough time finding a better fit than this.

Knight has been a controversial character in the music industry and has had a long standing rivalry with East Coast based rapper and producer Sean 'Diddy' Combs.

Knight didn't fare well through the heat of the East coast vs. West coast rapping rivalry: he was shot, imprisoned and forced to file for bankruptcy for himself and his Death Row record company.

Still, this 2002 Escalade remains as a relic of the good old days: A testament to the sweet life and a high water mark for gangster rap's success.

See the listing here.  Check out the archived copy after it sells.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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