These are some pretty big claims!
In a recent shocking interview with the Murder Master Music Show, Eminem‘s former bodyguard Byron “Big Naz” Williams alleged Suge Knight once sent his men out for E back in the day!
According to him, the music producer and co-founder of Death Row Records hired “henchmen” to go after the rapper at the 2001 Source Awards, where he performed his song Purple Pills.
In case you didn’t know, the Source Awards was an awards show that honored both hip hop and R&B artists, but only lasted eight years before ending in 2002.
Well, the bodyguard turned author divulged:
“We were at The Source Awards and we all know historically in the past, The Source Awards, someone always got shot. 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.”
Except he claimed things got messy when he saw a scene starting to form around the Detroit-native:
“He’s beefing with all these guys in these red shirts. 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, ├óΓé¼╦£Hey man what the hell’s going on up here?’ This is exactly what they said, ├óΓé¼╦£Death Row, motherf*cker, Death Row.'”
Dr. Dre and his bodyguards even had to get involved to get Eminem away until his performance, adding:
“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. I said, ├óΓé¼╦£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.”
It’ll be interesting to hear if the 43-year-old performer has anything to say about Big Naz’s confession in his new book, Shady Bizzness: Life as Marshall Mathers’ Bodyguard in an Industry of Paper Gangsters….
Especially since Knight is currently in jail awaiting trial for a hit-and-run and is unable to defend himself against this bold allegation.
You can hear the whole reveal from his interview (below):