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Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight out of jail, back at work

Death Row founder served 10 months for breaking parole

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Tupac Shakur

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight went back to work Friday after spending 10 months in prison for his second parole violation in two years.

Knight, the founder of Death Row Records -- renamed Death Row's Back -- was at his office in Beverly Hills early Friday working on marketing plans for rapper Kurupt's new album, "Against the Grain," due out June 29, a company spokesman said.

Officials at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, where Knight spent the last seven months, said Knight was released Thursday about 5 a.m. He was described as a "model inmate," Reuters reported.

According to Death Row spokesman Jonathan Wolfson, the hip-hop mogul traveled from Ione to Los Angeles in a private airplane and spent Thursday afternoon with his family and friends on the beach.

He's "very excited to be out and happy to be with his family," Wolfson said.

Before his latest release, the burly businessman said his plans included producing a hip-hop album in time for Christmas to benefit the families of soldiers in Iraq who are facing financial difficulties.

Knight was last jailed June 27, 2003, for violating parole by punching a parking valet at a Hollywood nightclub six days before, eventually leading him to serve time at the Mule Creek state prison.

He also violated parole in December 2002 for associating with a known gang member and other charges.

Knight served five years, starting in 1996, for violating probation he received for assault and weapons convictions in 1992.

Knight was with rapper Tupac Shakur when he was shot to death in Las Vegas, Nevada, in September 1996. That crime has never been solved.

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