Big Ed

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Big Ed the Assassin
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Background information
Birth name Edward Lee Knight
Also known as Big Ed
Born 1971
Richmond, California, U.S.
Died July 8, 2001(2001-07-08) (aged 29–30)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Gangster rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1992–2001
Labels Special Forces Records, No Limit Records, Priority Records
Associated acts Master P, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X, TRU, Snoop Dogg

Edward Lee Knight (1971 – July 8, 2001), best known by his stage name Big Ed the Assassin (or briefly Lil Big Ed, Big Lil Ed, Lil Lil Ed, & Big Big Ed), was an American rapper who was signed to Master P's No Limit Records in 1992, although releasing his first and only solo album The Assassin on No Limit in 1998.

Early life[edit]

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 career[edit]

The Assassin and Special Forces Records[edit]

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 August 8, 2001. His third album, Edward Lee Knight 1971-2001, was released posthumously the next month.


Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1998 The Assassin 15 3
2000 Special Forces 27 25
2001 Edward Lee Knight 1971-2001 -30 -
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released