Eminem was nearly killed by Suge Knight's henchmen at the 2001 Source Awards, according to a new report.
Knight, the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records— who has sort of become the Darth Vader of the hip-hop world—allegedly encouraged his goons to rub out the then-superstar rapper. The details were revealed on the Murder Master Music Show by Em’s ex-bodyguard, Big Naz.
“There was a situation at the Source Awards, which was our first encounter with Suge Knight and his henchmen,” he said (audio above).
“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 motherfuckers! Suge Knight sent us to strong arm Eminem and it’s going down!’ I had to snatch Em up and call Dre, because he was backstage.”
Naz also detailed a trip they took to Hawaii. They were quickly greeted by a gaggle of Honolulu cops when they landed, who informed them that Death Row was in town.
"Suge Knight had sent 50 guys to try to break up the show. When we got there, vacation mode was over, we were lockin’-n-loading, putting on bullet proof vests with their wives and girlfriends sitting next to them," he recalled.
"We had to have Interscope pick up the tab to put Honolulu police with each bodyguard, because of how deep Suge was over there.”
Knight is currently facing murder charges following a fatal hit-and-run accident that took place after an argument on the Straight Outta Compton film set.
We're guessing Eminem is breathing a little easier now that the volatile Death Row founder is behind bars.