“A lot of artists like Nipsey have the same problem that I had. We are too loyal to our neighborhood,” Knight told TMZ. The former music executive says even when you have the money to leave, you want to stay on your block because “when you go around Hollywood it's all watered down.”
He told the outlet that he loved to go back to his neighborhood to “get chili cheese fries and strawberries and talk to my lil homies.” But when you go back, you need your friends to “help you survive.” Knight’s suggestion is that those closest to Nipsey could have done more to ensure his safety.
The suspected gunman, Eric Holder, reportedly engaged in a “tense” conversation with Nipsey, where he called Holder a snitch. Holder then allegedly left to grab a weapon and returned for the fatal shooting.
Nipsey’s tragic death reminds Suge of 2Pac because of how they lived their lives. “I feel that Nipsey was trying to follow the same 2Pac manual to the community. He came together with YG like Snoop did with 2Pac,” Knight said.
Knight believes Nipsey’s legacy can be unity, mentioning the Los Angeles gangs’ peace march that happened five days after the murder. “What's good is that all the hoods getting together now...we can be stronger considering what happens when we come together,” Knight told TMZ.
Nipsey was fatally shot outside Marathon Clothing on March 31. Holder has since pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.