With the release of the critically acclaimed film Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A. has been regaining some of the immense popularity it had before disbanding and becoming legend.
In a newly surfaced interview from the Murder Master Music Show (via Music Times), which was conducted in 2013, N.W.A.’s former manager Jerry Heller revealed that he had two major regrets from his time working with the hip-hop legends. One was letting Suge come between Dr. Dre and the rest of the group. The other was talking Eazy-E out of killing Suge.
“One day I came into the office,” Heller relayed, “and [one of my clients] and Eazy were talking, and I said, ‘What’s going on here?’ And Eazy said, ‘You know this guy Suge Knight?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ He says, ‘Well, I’m gonna kill him… This guy’s gonna be a problem, and I’m gonna kill him.’”
Heller said that he did the math, and having a member of the most massively successful startup label in the history of music off a bouncer didn’t make sense. “And you know something? I should of let him kill him,” Heller opined. “I would’ve done the world a favor. He would have done it, for sure. By himself.”
Later, Heller implied that he puts some credence in the conspiracy theory that Suge had Eazy injected with HIV, the eventual cause of his death. He even references Suge’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel after he got out of jail, when the ex-con said, “If you shoot somebody you go to jail forever… So they got this new thing out… they get blood from somebody with AIDs and then they shoot you with it. So that’s a slow death, an Eazy-E thing, ya know what I’m saying?”
Suge is currently awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder stemming from a hit-and-run that occurred around a promo shoot for Straight Outta Compton. Listen to Heller’s interview below.