Suge Knight Says Tupac Is Alive, Insults Puff Daddy

Suge Knight reveals that if Tupac Shakur was dead, arrests would have been made by now.

Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight has again shared his belief that the late Tupac Shakur is not dead. TMZ caught up with Knight earlier this week outside of 1OAK as he proceeded to take part in a rant that touched on Tupac, Puff Daddy, why he thinks Pac is still alive, and more.

According to Knight, part of the reason why he believes Tupac is alive is because someone came forward to confess to shooting the rapper, but was never arrested. He also went on to call Puff Daddy a “bitch ass” and questioned why people would question his involvement in Tupac’s death when “every rat” says it was Puff who had the late rapper killed.

“One thing people gotta realize. It’s mothafuckas born and raised out here,” Knight said. “You supposed to respect the mothafuckas that live out here. Cause right now we got a lot of out-of-towners living out here and they ain’t said nothing about it. You’ll have a mothafucka walk down the street and say ‘Suge Knight killed Tupac.’ When everybody know off the top I ain’t the nigga that killed Tupac. I’m the nigga that protected Tupac.

“But at the same time bitch ass Puffy can get him a mothafuckin star and every rat in the world say he’s the one who killed Tupac, or had him shot,” he added. “You get what I mean? But if you noticed it was a rat on television saying he the one did the shooting. This happened, that happened, this happened, that happened, right? If you think about it, right? Why you think nobody been arrested if they said they the one killed Tupac…Because Tupac not dead. Tupac not dead, nigga. If he was dead they’d be arresting those dudes for murder. You know he somewhere smoking a Cuban cigar on an island somewhere.”

Knight also criticized what he referred to as “Hollywood rappers” and boasted on not being a snitch, during his rant.

“Everybody know one thing about me. I don’t care [about] any nigga in Hollywood, any nigga on the streets,” he said. “Especially Hollywood rappers. We get our paperwork and see what all we ever been arrested for. I guarantee you it’s never been nothing for me but straight real shit and violence…I ain’t never in my life told. You know, I’m the mothafucka when people ask me if I know who killed Tupac—and not saying Tupac’s dead or alive. I’m saying if they asked me if I know who killed Tupac, I’m the nigga that said ‘Aye, absolutely not.’ You know what I mean? I don’t get down like that.”

During an interview with Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDay over two years ago, Knight expressed his belief that Tupac might not be dead due to the fact that no one saw his body and he was immediately cremated following his death.

“Maybe the question is Pac really not dead. Pac’s somewhere else,” Knight said. “I mean it’s the truth if you really look at it…Nobody seen Tupac dead. The thing is this the person who supposedly cremated Tupac, his mother wanted done quickly, he passed. So this guy got about three million dollars personally from me, cash. And next thing I know I never heard from the guy or seen him again.”

Courtesy of HipHopDX here

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Comment by Don H on May 21, 2014 at 9:47pm

Suge Knight was a major label executive.  Why did he go to prison?

Comment by Lilly on May 22, 2014 at 5:43am
Rumor has it Jimmy Ivine had something to do with Suge going to prison. @Don I believe that came out to be a lie that Dick Griffey and Tommy was not present. I would love to see a more in depth documentary to answer all these unanswered questions. I remember awhile back people was saying Suge injected Eazy with aids then it was jerry Heller that did it. Does anyone knows what happened to Suge's reality show? I remember seeing the trailer for it but it never came out.
Comment by Lilly on May 22, 2014 at 5:50am
Suge had too much power and had to be stopped. I believe this is why he was sent to prison. I think David Kenner was behind it too. David Kenner had so much pull and got Suge out of any and everything and now this probation violation he couldn't. I always thought there was more behind it. David Kenner made so much money off Death Row
Comment by Pavan Sitlani on May 22, 2014 at 10:28pm

Don, your definition of "major label executive" is different than mine.  I would not combine the words "Suge" and "executive" together, that's just me.  In my opinion, Suge was obviously not a 'major label executive', he ended up in prison.  Executives don't get caught kicking someone in the head on video at a casino in Vegas.

Comment by Don H on May 23, 2014 at 12:02am

I know what you mean but I was thinking that technically a CEO / Co-Founder of a company is technically considered an executive.  He has authority and equity in the company and a huge amount of power in the companies day to day decisions as well as future direction.  Technically, executives can be fired more easily and with Suge, it was probably harder to get rid of him because he could manage a lot of the volatile elements within the company which he ironically helped to create.  IF, Suge had found a better balance between the violence and overall growth of the company, he still could have shared in the spotlight and still have maintained his company.  I think when he started going off the rails and probably started doing things which led people like Kenner to believe he could be a major liability and would be better off locked up.  Then perhaps a decision was made somehow someway to sacrifice Suge.  It would have been interesting to see how Suge would have ran Death Row if he didn't have to go to prison.  He still had a lot of artists and although Dre was leaving or had already left, he still had Snoop and the DPG and other R and B acts.  I think it all happened the way it did for a reason.  I just want to know all the possible reasons that may have led to this outcome and if there was anybody or any group that may have had an interest or a hand in seeing Suge go to jail.

It could also have been that Mottolla and others such as Iovine, Fields etc...may have always viewed Suge as nothing but a Bodyguard / Intimidating presence and knew his value for the business but also understood his liability.  It may have been that Suge served his purpose and for the sake of avoiding additional lawsuits, trouble or controversy, someone higher up felt he should be removed or temporarily removed. 

Think about it, DR must have made the parent corporation look bad in a lot of ways and regardless of how much revenue they generated it may have been time to let go of Suge and DR.   Think about it, didn't Dre leave to start another company within Interscope?  Well, if you follow the money you know that a Death Row without Dre is not really going to be as successful as one WITH Dre.  As a result, Suge's biggest mistake was losing and letting Dr. Dre go!

But, if Suge did that, he wouldn't be Suge Knight.   Sad how it ended if you ask me....

But, also, why and how did Suge allow himself to get caught beating someone on tape?  I mean, the same straw that ridded us 2pac also ridded us of Suge and ultimately Death Row. 

It may have been inevitable to see DR decline.  But, 2pac's rendezvous with Orlando was the first nail in the coffin.  Does anybody want to think or reflect or wonder, imaginatively or Speculatively on this single and fortuitous incident?

Comment by Pavan Sitlani on May 23, 2014 at 8:08pm


Suge is not a bright business executive, average guy at best.  First time around he had top notch talent (Pac, Snoop, Dre, Dogg Pound, etc.).  Went to prison, got out, no such talent (as first time), therefore, could not make anything happen.  Crooked I, Eastwood, etc., are not commercial, not even remotely charismatic as Snoop or Pac. Suge gave up on marketing these guys because he realized there was no future with them, that is, after Suge spent a few million recording with them, etc. 

Look at Dre, the empire he left after leaving Death Row.  Regardless of Dre stealing beats, taking dicks in the ass (as Suge claims), etc, he still made it.  Same with Snoop.

Suge never had the kind of money some people think he did, Death Row was generating millions of dollars in gross revenue, you still have to deduct a ton of expenses to know what the bottom line (profitability) was.  Sure, Suge had a few million after getting out of jail, but look at all the projects he worked on, failed artists, projects, etc.  That's where all the money went.  Harry O didn't get dick/shit.  Maybe his wife got a million or so, if that.  Suge never had 100 million dollars to pay someone. 

Suge is trying to get money from Rick Ross these days because according to Suge, Ross took his image (Suge's image/look). How fuckin pathetic is that?  Sues Kanye West, etc.

Blames Puffy finally for behind Pac's killing 20 years later after the fact.  Probably because he's so miserable seeing Puffy making an additional 100 million dollars every year.  Dre is on his way to being a billionaire.

Smart business men (true music moguls)......Dre, Snoop, Puffy, etc.  Suge...nigga please.

Pav Dawg

Comment by Don H on May 23, 2014 at 11:58pm

Puffy or anyone who does not have an artistic talent but makes it in the business due to the moves and decisions they make are the best people to compare Suge to.  He lost his chance even though his impact was huge and he has actually achieved legend or mythic status faster than a lot of his contemporaries.

You could make the Football analogy with Suge.  He was a football player who did the dirty work but didn't make it, he got into talent scouting and management and eventually became an owner of a team.  But he never gave up the low level tasks of playing on the field or roaming the sidelines which eventually took away from his management duties and led him to be injured and hes been out of the game ever since.

Comment by Pavan Sitlani on May 26, 2014 at 4:39pm

Puffy is a smart business man, put aside having Pac killed.  He "bombed first", did not wait for Suge and Pac to do him first.  

Suge, big disappointment.  Him and Pac underestimated Puff.  I doubt Pac and Suge were even considering having Puff smoked, Puff meant business.  No diss songs back and forth as Suge and Pac were doing, Puff took care of business.  Outcome, Suge in jail (his most feared enemy never recovered and broke) and Puff is now a billionaire (or close to being one).  

For the record, I think Puff is a piece of shit.  

Suge smoking cigars in street corners 18-20 years after Pac is gone....pathetic.

Comment by Lilly on May 27, 2014 at 5:20am
^^^ I agree, but Puff did diss Pac on mixtapes.
Comment by Pavan Sitlani on May 27, 2014 at 2:28pm

U r so smart.  Wow!


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