The incarcerated felon said in a recent interview with TMZ that “A lot of artists like Nipsey have the same problem that I had. We are too loyal to our neighborhood. When you go around Hollywood it’s all watered down.”
Knight, who is currently incarcerated for manslaughter, noted how he would often return to his old hood to “get chili cheese fries and strawberries and talk to my lil homies,” but noted that he relied on longtime friends to “help you survive.”
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Knight is implying that “the people closest to Nipsey could have done more to keep him safe,” according to TMZ.
He also compared Hussle to the late-great Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in 1996 in Las Vegas..
“I feel that Nipsey was trying to follow the same Tupac manual to the community. He came together with YG like Snoop did with Tupac,” Suge said.
Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Nipsey was gunned down outside his Marathon clothing store off Slauson Avenue. The Grammy nominated rapper was 33. His alleged murderer, 29-year-old Eric Holder, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of firearm possession by a felon. He faces life in prison if convicted on all charges. Police believe a personal grudge and not gang ties led to Nipsey’s death.
His memorial service last Thursday was a star-studded event, where his longtime girlfriend, actress Lauren London, Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder were among those who spoke during the 3-hour service.
The Obamas also sent a letter of condolence that was read to the crowd and Meek Mill and Jay-Z shared encouraging words in the program that was shared with the tens of thousands of mourning fans in attendance.
“He is the prophetic voice of all in that community,” Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, said to the crowd at the 21,000-seat Staples Center. “He lived the gang life, but he didn’t stay there. He lived the life of the ’hood, but he rose above the pull of gravity. Ermias was more than a hip-hop artist: He was a voice; he was a brilliant mind, and the spirit of God was in his life.”
Suge also praised the Crips, Bloods, and other gangs in Los Angeles for coming together for a unity meeting in the wake of Nipsey’s death.
“What’s good is that all the hoods getting together now … we can be stronger considering what happens when we come together,” Knight said.