Charles Barkley, while not the author, is the most recent philosopher to produce the quote, “No man can escape Father Time.” At this point over a decade and a half ago, Suge Knight was the most feared man in music, bar none. And in one eventful day in 2012, he saw his relevancy take a Mark McGwire steroid shot. Perhaps Death Row’s former H.N.I.C. laced one of his famous cigars with a loud pack and pinch of “booger sugar” yesterday, but Knight, while visiting Los Angeles’s storied 93.5 KDay, reignited arguably Hip-Hop’s most infamous urban legend.
“Maybe the question is … Pac’s not really dead … pac’s somewhere else,” Knight says.
When asked if he ever saw Tupac’s body following the 1996 shooting, he adds, “Nobody seen Tupac dead. ”
Knight explains, “The person who supposedly cremated Tupac … this guy got about 3 million dollars .. personally from me … cash … and next thing I know I never heard from the guy or seen him again … he retired and left.”
I know the hologram looked authentic, but damn, Suge. Now’s not the time or post to express my thoughts on what really went down between the days of September 7 and September 13, 1996, but Suge knew exactly what he was doing by making this claim. A publicity stunt, indeed, but just a further example of the culture’s unwillingness to truly let go of the genre’s most prolific and controversial artist and one who was possessed by the thought of his own demise while he was alive.
In other news, Knight also said he’d shoot the (un)fair one with Rick Ross if they ever cross paths. Actually, in his own words, “I’ll beat the dog shit out of Rick Ross for manipulating these people out here.” The aggression stems from the song “Tupac Back.” Suge says the song is disrespectful to the legacy of Tupac, a man who championed himself on being who he was (to a fault at times) where Ross is a Mr. Potato Head-like rapper constructing his image from others who lived the life he effortlessly flaunts in his music.
1. Pending no one’s left dead, shot or stabbed, Ross and Knight knuckling up would be PPV-worthy. Think about it, Knight’s tough-guy image has taken hits by getting K.O.’d in recent years, yet I’m sure most won’t step to him still just based off the aura around him. However, think about Ross’ ego if he won this fist fight. You think he’s cocky/delusional now? Man, listen. Suge’d probably just catch Ross sitting in traffic and…you know what, nevermind.
2. I said it before. I’ll say it again. If Afeni didn’t have a problem with “Tupac Back,” then neither do I. Case closed.
Suge Knight Interview On 93.5 KDAY (Los Angeles)