Deion Sanders Deion Sanders comes out of the locker room before Colorado’s win over Colorado State.

Some may be too young to remember but at one point, Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders used to be a rapper along with playing football and baseball. Sanders even had a hit single called “Must Be the Money.”

He even performed the single on Saturday Night Live.

But what a lot of people didn’t know is he was almost signed by Death Row Records founder Suge Knight.

According to Knight, the record company was ready to invest $500,000 into Sanders’s rap career.

Knight related the story to Nick Cannon who posted it on his Instagram account.

“When Prime wanted to be a rapper … I spent over half a million dollars of my own money,” Suge told Cannon. “I put guys in the studio, I paid Dallas Austin, I did all these songs, did everything. Then one day he came to me and said, ‘Well, Prime’s deal with Nike and Death Row is a Black-owned company, and we don’t really want to deal with a Black-owned company, even though you paid for everything. … We signed to you, put us on the Interscope label brand.”

Knight is serving jail time for running over a man a few years ago, so you do have to consider the source. Death Row at the time was a big-time label that landed Tupac Shakur years later.

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Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.