It’s a well-known fact that Suge Knight, co-founder & former CEO of Death Row Records, has a tendency to kill the people who get in his way. Knight is currently rotting in prison after being charged with murder following a fatal hit-and-run in Compton back in February 2015. Not to mention the popular belief that Suge also played a role in the murders of Biggie & Tupac.
Suge Knight may be locked behind bars, but that doesn’t prevent him from being mentioned as the prime suspect of current and former crimes, such as the attempted hit on Eminem at the 2001 Source Awards.
This according to Eminem’s former bodyguard, Byron “Big Naz” Williams, who appeared on The Murder Masta Show podcast to share his account of the events:
Transcribed via Hip Hop DX:
“We were at The Source Awards and we all know historically in the past, The Source Awards, someone always got shot,” he says. “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.”
He saw a scene starting to happen in the middle of the aisle where Slim Shady was sitting.
“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, motherfucker, Death Row.’”
Big Naz says that he confronted the goons and learned that Knight sent them to get into it with the Aftermath Entertainment signee and Detroit native.
“‘Man, Suge Knight sent us to strongarm him and it’s going down,’” Naz remembers them saying. “I was like, ‘Oh man, I just inherited the East Coast – West Coast beef.’”
He remembers running around trying to take control of the situation with Dr. Dre.
“I had to snatch him up, I had to call Dre and his bodyguards and tell them what was going on because they was backstage, snatched him up backstage, called the limo driver,” he says. “I said, ‘Look, I need you all to have that car around when I call y’all. But the way they had it set up, the limos can only stay seated for like 30 seconds at a time in front of the red carpet for security reasons. So long story short, we ended up going backstage, Eminem did his presentation and we had to watch out for guys backstage. So I pretty much had to have him stand behind me and I just had to be on knockout mode, man. 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.”