This guy from the Orange Country Register has some thoughts on Nick Broomfield’s documentary, (then, unfortunately follows it with detailed commentary on American Idol, from which one is forced to conclude that he’s watching it, though I try not to assume the worst about people…):
I tend to believe Broomfield’s theory – that Suge, ticked over losing his biggest star, orchestrated the killing of Tupac, blamed Biggie, escalated a falling-out between the two rappers into a fictitious coastal rap war (very good for business, by the way), then plotted and paid for the hit that took down Biggie on an L.A. visit.
I buy that, anyway, more than the story newspapers have circulated since September – that, sure, Suge was in on the mob maneuvers after Tupac’s shooting, but that it was Biggie who was the money man for the original murder, hiring the Crips to take care of the Bloods-affiliated ‘Pac.
Then my man Jay Smooth fills in some of the gaps very nicely:
Suge has usually shown an awareness that he’s more likely to get away with his thuggery if he keeps it within the Hip-Hop community. As documented in Ronin Ro’s book “Have Gun Will Travel”, when conflict started in Death Row’s offices, the intended victim would often try to escape by fleeing to “the white section” of Interscope’s office, where Suge’s crew was reluctant to get their thug on.
One of the few times they did cross that line was their assault on Steven Cantrock, of the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. Cantrock and his associates then showed Death Row the difference between chess and checkers, when they went to federal agents with details of Suge’s financial dealings, and helped bring about his downfall.
From everything that I am seeing, Suge Knight is a PLAGUE upon hiphop music. What a nightmare it must be to have this guy warming himself by your campfire.
What’s really odd to me is the people that defend Suge Knight in the comments. I just don’t get the thug-worship. I mean, c’mon…. someone enlighten me here… These people are making records for this guy, he’s totally stealing their money and when they try to leave he kills them and that’s OKAY? “Suge’s the MAN!”!??!
How could a culture opposed to slavery think that Suge Knight is anything but a cancerous blight on black music?