With former Death Row Records owner Suge Knight‘s legal troubles constantly making headlines, SOHH spoke with fellow West Coast rapper Glasses Malone to get the scoop on the rap mogul’s “bad guy” image.
From Glasses’ perspective, the media over-exaggerates Knight’s troubles.
“Suge’s a good guy,” Glasses explained to SOHH. “Sometimes it just seems so surreal the type of sh*t they say he be doing to people…This dude is a regular dude, like the sh*t that they say this guy be doing, I just can’t [believe] another man letting that type of sh*t happen so sometimes I don’t even understand it because this guy is a good dude, like, I be seeing dude, you feel me? Always showing the love, like man, ‘Do your thing homie.’ He’s always humble to young n*ggas, he always salutes you and you know, I don’t know so sometimes it’s hard to believe that he’s this bad guy but — I ain’t never seen it firsthand so I can’t really talk on the sh*t but he’s always been real respectful to me. Like I said, that dude did a lot for the [West] coast, Death Row [Records], period. Who knows where we would have been if we hadn’t had Death Row Records.” (SOHH)
Last month, Knight was accused of robbing California rapper Yukmouth.
Detective Jeff Briscoe says 35-year-old Jerold Ellis, who uses the name Yukmouth, reported he was talking to Knight on Monday night in a Woodland Hills supermarket parking lot about a debt that another rapper allegedly owes Knight. Yukmouth filed a police report saying 10 other men arrived, knocked him down and took his watch, medallion and other jewelry worth $92,000. He wasn’t badly hurt and declined medical treatment. Briscoe says Ellis identified Knight as a suspect but later recanted. However, the stolen items haven’t been recovered and the investigation continues. (Associated Press)
Suge’s “bad guy” image was recently questioned by former Death Row artist Crooked I.
“Suge taught me a lot,” Crooked explained in an interview. “He sat me down with Russell Simmons. He sat me down with Lyor Cohen. He sat me down with LA Reid. He sat me down with the bosses who moved this game…All the bosses, they do it the same kinda way, it’s just that they was intimidated by the dude…People get intimidated, I don’t blame him for that, I blame the person who’s intimidated. Why be intimidated? Okay motherf*cker, that’s how you wanna come, this is me coming. I don’t blame him, it’s like, step up motherf*cker…The industry wants me to bad mouth Suge Knight, they want me to. I don’t have sh*t to say bad really like that. I made money on Death Row, it launched me to where I’m at, when I walk into the offices at a record company they respect me because they know what I’ve been through.” (Hip Hop Game)
Last year, Knight said Glasses was one of the West Coast rappers on the come-up.
“There’s a lot of artists I feel aren’t really out yet, you got Glasses Malone. Glasses is on his way, same thing with Nipsey Hussle. Nipsey’s gonna do well, Glasses is gonna do extremely well. Jay Rock is gonna do well. More importantly, these top guns nobody knows about, I got some sh*t where it feels like it’s back to the basics kinda how it is when you feel the music, it’s not like so commercial.” (Hip Hop Stan)
Check out a past Suge Knight interview below: