Speaking with TMZ the former Mogul believes the Grammy Award-nominated recording artist’s dedication to his environment is what caused his life.
“A lot of artists like Nipsey have the same problem that I had,” Suge tells TMZ. “We are too loyal to our neighborhood. Even though you have enough money to move, you want to stay on the block because when you go around Hollywood it’s all watered down.”
The former Death Row CEO goes on to tell the site his favorite hood past times stating he loved going back to his hood to “get chili cheese fries and strawberries” and to chop it up with his little homies who eventually he would need for protection.
Knight made comparisons to Nip and the legendary West Coast rapper Tupac.
“I feel that Nipsey was trying to follow the same Tupac manual to the community,” he said. “He came together with YG like Snoop did with Tupac.”
Suge’s comments were in reference to the Victory Lap single “Last Time That I Checked” that featured YG who’s a rival Blood gang member. The duo since 2013 was in the works of creating their collaborative project “Americas Most Wanted” a nod to Tupac and Snoop Dogg’s 1996 song “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”
Nipsey was trying to stop gang violence and bring the various sets together, the rapper was part of creating hope for his community, including the coworking community Vector 90, that gave opportunities to underrepresented entrepreneurs in the area.
A few days following his murder a march took place in Los Angeles on Crenshaw and Slauson in front of his Marathon Clothing store where he passed away. All the rival gangs came together in peace, to honor the slain rap star.
“What’s good is that all the hoods getting together now,” Suge continued. “We can be stronger considering what happens when we come together.”
Suge Knight is currently serving a 28 Year sentence and is eligible for parole in 2037.