Big Ed (rapper)

Edward Lee Knight (March 5, 1971 – July 8, 2001), best known by his stage name Big Ed the Assassin, often shortened to Big Ed, was an American rapper.

Big Ed
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Background information
Birth nameEdward Lee Knight
Also known as
  • Big Ed the Assassin
BornMarch 5, 1971
Richmond, California, U.S.
DiedJuly 8, 2001 (aged 30)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1992–2001
Associated acts

Knight was signed to Master P's No Limit Records in 1992, and appeared on numerous No Limit releases during the 1990s, contributing to releases by Master P, C-Murder, Mac, Soulja Slim and more. Knight later released his debut album, The Assassin through No Limit Records in 1998. Knight would go on to leave No Limit in 2000, starting his own label, Special Forces Records. Knight released his second album, Special Forces, through the label on May 9, 2000. Knights third and final album, Edward Lee Knight 1971-2001, was released posthumously in August 2002.

Early lifeEdit

Knight was born in Richmond, California, and attended Eastern Washington University from 1992 to 1993 on a basketball scholarship, but dropped out to pursue a career in rap music in the Bay Area with Master P's West Coast Bad Boy Clique.


Big Ed was an original member of the rap group TRU (The Real Untouchables), appearing on the group's first three albums, Who's Da Killer?, Understanding the Criminal Mind and True. Throughout the 90s, Ed had guest spots on many of No Limit's other releases such as Master P's 99 Ways to Die, Silkk the Shocker's debut The Shocker and Mia X's Unlady Like.

Solo careerEdit

The Assassin and Special Forces RecordsEdit

His debut album, The Assassin, was released on September 1, 1998 and peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

In 2000, Big Ed left No Limit to start his own record label, Special Forces Records. He released his second album through this label, 2000's Special Forces, which featured contributions from his former No Limit labelmates.


Big Ed the Assassin died of throat cancer on July 8, 2001. His third album, Edward Lee Knight 1971-2001, was released posthumously the next month.


Studio albumsEdit

Title Release Peak chart positions
The Assassin 1998 15 3
Special Forces 2000 - 25
Edward Lee Knight 1971–2001 2001 -
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


  1. ^ AllHipHop. "Big Ed The Assassin Passes - Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos - Allhiphop". Retrieved 25 October 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)