Suge Knight was for a long time one of the most controversial figures in the hip-hop industry. Born Marion Hugh Knight Jr. in 1965, he is widely known for heading Death Row Records in the 90s; a music label that included some of the biggest names in the business such as Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Suge Knight is currently incarcerated for apparently running over Terry Carter using his pickup truck and for the attempted murder of Cle “Bone” Sloan.
That said, he has a life history rife with criminal allegations, conspiracies and feuds. For example, Suge Knight is alleged to have been behind a plot to kill Eminem in the early 2000s. According to Byron “Big Naz” Williams, who once worked as Eminem’s bodyguard, one of the first instances was at the Source Hip Hop Awards in 2001. The following was his revelation as reported by the Telegraph.
“They had it to where the artists couldn’t sit with the bodyguards… I notice Em is in the aisle and he is beefing with all these guys in red shirts. This is what they said: ‘Death Row mother****s. Suge Knight sent us to strong arm Eminem and it’s going down. I had to snatch him up, I had to call Dre and his bodyguards and tell them what was going on.
“… So it was me, Dre, Dre’s bodyguards, we were in beast mode the whole time. So anybody that got anywhere close trying to get an autograph or trying to talk, trying to speak, they were gonna get laid out, man because that was the kind of atmosphere that was set up.”
Suge Knight was also recently cited to have been behind the murder of Tupac Shakur. According to Jerry Heller, the former N.W.A manager, Suge Knight put a hit out on Tupac Shakur. The following was his statement in relation to this during an interview with SMASHD.
“He absolutely did. Unquestionably put the hit on him. Pulled Tupac in front of him, that’s how he got the glass in his head. You don’t think the cops could have solved this if they wanted to? I think Suge got what he deserved. Looks to me like he’s in jail for at least the foreseeable future.”
This is as reported by Hip Hop Dx. On the Snoop Dogg, situation, the two apparently fell out when the artist asked Suge Knight if he could mend fences with the East Coast rappers. This put the two at loggerheads as Suge wouldn’t hear any of it and saw Snoop Dogg as a traitor. Snoop Dogg soon defected to Master P’s No Limit Records, which worsened the situation. Snoop Dogg publicly talked about the fear for his life after having gone against Suge Knight. The following was one of his statements in regard to this at the time.
“I definitely feel my life is in danger if I stay in Death Row Records. That’s part of the reason why I’m leaving. Because there’s nothing over there. Suge Knight is in jail, the president; Dr. Dre left and Tupac (Shakur) is dead. It’s telling me that I’m either going to be dead or in jail or I’m going to be nothing.”
This is according to a report by MTV. On Suge Knight wanting to kill Dr. Dre, this aspect was recently brought to light by 50 Cent. He claimed that the Death Row CEO wanted Dr. Dre dead so as to transfer his Death Row shares to Tupac to avoid losing him. The following was his explanation on The Breakfast Club, while imitating Suge Knight.
“How do I keep him (Tupac Shaukur)? Maybe I’ll give him Dre’s half. I don’t know. Something might have to happen to Dre.”
This is according to Music Times.
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