Suge Knight is regarded as one of the most dangerous men in rap music history. It was recently revealed that he planned to attack Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at the 1995 Source Awards.
According to Krazyie Bone, Suge Knight plotted an attack against Bone Thugs-n-Harmony during the 1995 Source Awards. During a recent interview with The Art of Dialogue, the Cleveland rapper made the assertion. He said that the infamous Death Row Records co-founder offered $10,000 to thugs to assault the group on stage during the awards show.
Krayzie Bone stated that Knight felt disrespected by the group’s “1st of Tha Month” music video, in which some members donned on-fire beanies, a Death Row fashion staple at the time. “When we was at the Source Awards, they told me they was gonna pay somebody $10,000 to run up there and sling on [us] with a cane,” he said.
There was a lot of beef going on back then, it was intense. I remember that Source Awards being very intense. It was wild.
They told us that [Suge] had called a meeting one time and told everybody to look at our videos. One of us was wearing a Georgetown Bulldogs beanie, but we had a New York Yankees — we had different [hats]. The director told us, ‘Put the beanies on because the special effects gonna make y’all afros look like fire.’
But I guess this n-gga didn’t know what he was doing and he had the little patch on that hat on fire, and they took it as a form of disrespect.
The Death Row beef was passed down from Eazy-E, who signed Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to his Ruthless Records label in the early 1990s. Eazy and Dr. Dre had fallen out following N.W.A’s breakup and Suge Knight is rumored to have strong-armed Eazy to secure Dre’s release from Ruthless, paving the way for Death Row’s formation.
Delving deeper into the feud, Krazyie Bone stated that Eazy-E had actually requested Bone Thugs to keep out of his fight with Death Row, but tensions steadily increased. “We had several confrontations with them. A lot of things was said, mentions in songs, when we were sitting in traffic sometimes, a lot of verbal confrontations,” he said, referencing Bone Thugs’ lyrical back-and-forth with Tha Dogg Pound in the mid-’90s.
Nothing really physical ever jumped off, but it was known there was a little beef.
Eazy told us not to get into beef, but it was like, ‘Bruh, we with you. What do you expect us to do just, like, [stay out] of this beef?’ It was like, ‘We riding!’ … It was definitely known inside both camps that there was no love for Bone at the time.
In a 2016 interview with VladTV, Layzie Bone discussed Bone Thugs’ feud with Death Row and recalled 2Pac mediating a verbal confrontation between them and Suge Knight at a Dogg Pound show in Cleveland. “Suge tried to punk me out,” he said.
I said, ‘Look here n-gga, you in Cleveland. You won’t get up out this muthaf*cka.’ But luckily ‘Pac was still living, so when ‘Pac came in he’s like, ‘Oh, these my n-ggas, these my thugs.’ So he kind of got Suge up off of that.
As both members stated in their interviews, the once-hostile rivalry has now died down, with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Tha Dogg Pound establishing the supergroup ThugPound earlier this year. We have yet to hear from Suge Knight about the whole thing. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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