I don’t believe there’s a section on Suge Knight’s Wikipedia page of people he’s allegedly tried to have killed (because just like many things before it, I’m sure that’s something he would try to make disappear). But in the event that one was recently added, it looks like we can go ahead and add Eminem’s name to it.
A few weeks ago, Eminem’s former bodyguard Byron “Big Naz” Williams did an interview with the Murder Master Music Show (via Hip Hop DX) and he was asked if he could remember a time when Slim Shady’s life was in danger. I would have guessed that the most danger Eminem’s bodyguard ever faced was trying not to get trampled by an angry flock of lambs seeking vengeance for their glittery princess. According to Big Naz, an even scarier situation happened while he was guarding Eminem.
It’s no secret that Suge Knight has an alleged (and recently verified) history of donating bodies to the Grim Reaper, and Big Naz revealed that one of those bodies was supposed to be Eminem’s. According to Big Naz, Suge was planning on sending Slim Shady to the afterlife at the 2001 Source Awards. Big Naz was on high alert, because “someone always got shot” at the Source Awards. Big wasn’t allowed to sit with Eminem; apparently the seating was set up so that artists could network with each other. So Big had to stand off to the side.
He started to get concerned when Eminem got into it with a bunch of guys in red shirts (ie. bloods, with whom Suge Knight allegedly has ties to) in the middle of the aisle. Big intervened, and when he asked what was going on, he claims they told him: “Death Row, motherfucker. Death Row.” Death Row is, of course, Suge Knight’s record label. After Big confronted the group, one allegedly confessed that they had been sent there by Suge Knight.
Big “snatched up” Eminem (The Bodyguard-style?) and took him backstage, where Dr. Dre helped to keep a close watch on him for the rest of the night. You can listen to the whole interview here before it disappears. I say “disappears“, because I’m assuming that it will only be a matter of time before an angry Suge tries to take it out with a YouTube virus sent from a jail library computer.
I’m only really familiar with made-up Canadian rap beefs (like Swollen Members vs. the parking enforcement officer who ticketed their tour bus), so I’m confused by why what Eminem did to make Suge want to put him six feet in the ground. Did Eminem pay Triumph the Insult Comic Dog $20 to poop on a picture of Suge’s face? Actually, that totally seems like the kind of arbitrary shit Suge would have someone killed over.