Former Death Row Records head Marion 'Suge' Knight was one of three people injured during a shooting at a West Hollywood nightclub, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Officials confirmed to NBC News.
The shooting was reported at 1.40am local time during in what has been billed in media reports as a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party in the club located on Sunset Boulevard.
Officials described the injuries to Knight as "non-life-threatening" and said he is a recovering after undergoing surgery. No suspect or suspects have yet been arrested in connection with the case.
He helped make megastars out of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, shifting the centre of the rap universe to the West Coast in the 1990s.