Suge Knight has discussed the death of Nipsey Hussle, and said that he believes it was Hussle’s loyalty to his old neighbourhood that led to his murder.
“A lot of artists like Nipsey have the same problem that I had. We are too loyal to our neighbourhood,” Knight told TMZ. “When you go around Hollywood it’s all watered down.”
Knight, who is currently incarcerated for manslaughter, said that he would often return to his old home to “get chili cheese fries and strawberries and talk to my lil homies,” but added that he relied on his old friends to “help you survive.”
TMZ say that Knight is implying that “the people closest to Nipsey could have done more to keep him safe.”
Knight also compared Hussle to Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in 1996. “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.”
Hussle was shot dead outside his Marathon Clothing Company store in the Hyde Park neighbourhood of LA on March 31. The Grammy nominated rapper was 33.
The Crips, Bloods, and other gangs in Los Angeles also gathered for a “unity meeting” in the wake of Hussle’s death.
Despite belonging to a gang, Hussle had a philosophy of non-violence and was reportedly scheduled to speak with the LAPD’s commissioner about ways to reduce gang violence before his death.
On April 4, a suspect was charged in Hussle’s killing. Eric Holder, 29, is now facing life in prison after prosecutors charged him with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.