In an interview with “Murder Master Music Show,” Eminem’s former bodyguard Byron “Big Naz” Williams claims that Suge Knight tried to have Eminem killed in 2001. Big Naz allegedly had to “snatch” Eminem up before an argument with Knight’s crew escalated further at the Source Awards 15 years ago. He said:
“I noticed that, in the middle of the aisle, he’s beefing with all these guys in red shirts,” Williams recalled. “I noticed his face changing, and he’s turning like, tomato-red. And there’s a sea of red guys around him … I had to bust through the middle and snatch him up.”
Williams, along with Dr. Dre’s bodyguards, was able to whisk Eminem away.
“We were in beast mode the whole time,” he said.
Afterwards, Williams spoke to the people Eminem almost came to blows with and discovered they were representing Death Row Records and label boss Knight.
Knight is currently in jail awaiting trial for felonies connected to when he ran over two men on set of “Straight Outta Compton,” killing one of them.
The scuffle was allowed to almost happen in the first place because of the seating arrangements at the Source Awards.
“Bodyguards couldn’t sit with the artists,” Williams said. “I think that was by design ’cause I think they really wanted the artists to be able to network with each other, but it also gives people who got beef with other artists to get at them.”