West Coast music icon Suge Knight recently discussed putting differences aside to reunite with Snoop Dogg and where they both stand today.
With their relationship back on even ground, Suge recalled the days when Snoop relied on him through tough situations.
“My relationship with him is where it’s supposed to be. It’s respectful on both ends. I could never turn around and say I hate this mothaf*cka, because he’s a part of my life and I’m a part of his life. There was times starting this business with Death Row that some people were scared to go out of town, scared to go to New York. I’d come grab him, we’d go straight to the airport, just me and him, no entourage, not one person with us. We’d get our room, we’d go hang out, we’d be everywhere. We would go there, post up, enjoy the city, respect the city, and that went so far. Therefore, I owe a lot of credit, and a lot of other people owe a lot of credit, because if Snoop’s not gonna hit the road with me and hit all those spots, I couldn’t have did it, because I’m the business man. I’m not the artist, I’m not the talent. And pretty much everyone else was scared to go.” (Rolling Stone)
Suge also revealed Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons tried to snatch Snoop from him in the 1990’s.
“[Snoop] played a role and built a lot of things. Built the West and built hip-hop. I think the things that happen in any relationship in business when you both come from the ghetto, it’s just [because of] the people that are your distributors. It might be a guy who’s not black, but he’s in the same business with you, and you’re gonna have a relationship. And they can never have a relationship with Snoop the way I have a relationship with him because you out four o’clock in the morning in different states, different countries, different streets, through good and bad. And the next person, they can only offer you a check. If you’re Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen, you can’t say “[Snoop], you got the best deal in the world.” You’re gonna say, “You got the worst f*cked up deal in the world and I can make it better for you.” And that’s what Russell and them did. Russell went to Snoop and flew him to New York and said, “I want to do a deal with you for Doggystyle.”” (Rolling Stone)
Earlier this year, Snoop revealed he wanted to be a bigger man and finally put an end to their distanced relationship.
“I think time heals all wounds,” Snoop said in an interview. “And then being a bigger man and being one who accepts responsibility and right or wrong, I like saving lives, I don’t like to take lives. If that means putting my hand out saying I’m wrong, I apologize and we be cool, I’ll do that as opposed to me going behind my back, pulling a gun out and getting somebody or me doing something vicious to you.” (Skee TV)
Buzz behind their unexpected reunion heated up the Internet last winter.
The picture was taken Monday night at AV Club in Los Angeles. Sources tell TMZ … Snoop had performed at the club that night … and Suge showed up to see the performance. After the show, we’re told Suge walked over to Snoop’s VIP table and the two hit it off like old times … hugging, laughing and taking pictures. (TMZ)