Suge Knight is regarded as one of the most dangerous men in rap music history. The rapper is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for the 2015 killing of Terry Carter Jr. However, the Death Row Records co-founder has now claimed that he took the blame for Dr. Dre in a Federal gun case.
While speaking on the latest episode of his Collect Call podcast, which aired this week via Dave Mays’ Breakbeat Media, Suge Knight disclosed that he took the fall for Dr. Dre in a federal gun case, resulting in his imprisonment.
Knight shared the details of a deal involving the acquisition of firearms for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during The Chronic Tour in 1993. According to Knight, a conversation with an unnamed individual led to him taking the fall for Dr. Dre to prevent legal repercussions for the rapper’s actions. Knight claimed that he covered for Dre in order to protect him from the expected legal repercussions he was going to face.
”I stopped Dre from getting a lot of time for beating up a gang of bitches and all the shit he was doing that made me… you know.
My fed case is behind Dre. If I had to do it all over again I still would do it again because that’s the kind of man I am. The other person, I don’t keep it 1,000 and keep it gangsta because of the next m********, I keep it because that’s my DNA.
So what ended up happening in that situation, a guy called me and said, ‘Hey, Dre want this type of gun. Snoop want this type of gun. Y’all getting ready to go on The Chronic Tour?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ [He said], ‘What kind you want?’ [I said], ‘I don’t need one.’
I’m finna drop my m******* ’ call to get music put in, we getting ready to roll. [He said], ‘Well, who going to send me the money?’ [I said], ‘I’m Dre’s manager. Dre’s business manager is the one going to send the money for a gun he wants.’
I gave him the business manager number. The guy calls the business manager. The business manager wires the money for Dre’s guns to a guy who will give him the guns. A year or two later, on my birthday, they arrested me. The feds.
I go to court, David Kenner come and see me,” he said. “He shows me that, ‘Hey, [you] can get out, but Dre gon’ do the time, because his business manager is the one that got the money. He can do the time. He [inaudible] behind the shit.’ I said, ‘F*** it, could you get him probation?’ David Kenner said, ‘Probably not.’ He said, ‘Maybe.’
I said, ‘Tell you what: either try to get me probation, or if I gotta do a year or two, these m********* better be in the studio working.’ So I got David Chesnoff out of Las Vegas representing me also because that’s where he was from.
I got probation, which I end up doing time for that. Had nothing to do with me. So I don’t regret doing anything for people [I] f*** with, ’cause that’s what you supposed to do.”
The times have significantly changed since Suge’s absence. Snoop Dogg has taken over the rights to Death Row’s catalog and distributed the music in a massive $1 billion initiative alongside Larry Jackson. Regardless, Suge Knight doesn’t regret what he did and that is all that matters.
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