The legend of Suge continues
In the ’90s, Suge Knight was considered to be one of the most fearsome men in hip hop. His gang affiliation mixed with his death-stare and brute posterior, imposed fear in some of the toughest men in music. No man was able to evade Suge Knight, because he was connected throughout the streets. Even the great Eminem wasn’t able to escape the wrath of Suge Knight back in 2001.
Eminem feared for his life at the Source Awards
Eminem’s former body guard, Byron “Big Naz” Williams, had an interview with Murder Master Music Show, where he explained the rift between Suge Knight and Slim Shady. Apparently, Suge had been itching to get his hands on the prolific wordsmith for some time. When the Source Awards came around in 2001, Knight viewed that as his prime opportunity to rattle Eminem’s cage.
How it all went down…
“We were at The Source Awards and we all know historically in the past, The Source Awards, someone always got shot,” he says during the interview. “That was our first encounter with Suge Knight and his henchman. Em was going to his seat. The way they had the seating was all messed up and the bodyguards couldn’t sit with the artists. I think that was by design ’cause I think they really wanted the artists to be able to network with each other, but it also gives people who got beef with other artists to get at them.”
Eminem turned “tomato red” at the sight of Suge’s henchmen
As things began to escalate, Naz scurried over to Em’s defense.
“He’s beefing with all these guys in these red shirts,” Big Naz says. Knight is affiliated with the Bloods. “So I come from where I was at, I had to come back around, I noticed Em’s face changing, he’s turning like tomato red. There’s a sea of red guys around him. I had to bust through the middle man and snatch him up. Like, ‘Hey man what the hell’s going on up here?’ This is exactly what they said, ‘Death Row, motherf*cker, Death Row.’”