Warren G Recalls Suge Knight Confronting Him After He Told Associate to Have Lawyer Examine Death Row Contract
The "Regulate" rapper reflected on some Death Row Records-era tension.
In an interview with Big Boy TV, Warren G recalled Suge Knight aggressively confronting him after he cautioned someone to get a lawyer to check their Death Row Records contract.
At around the 41-minute mark of the interview above, Warren G was asked by Big Boy if he knew why he was never signed to Death Row despite his invaluable contributions to Dr. Dre's debut album The Chronic.
"I don't know if it's because me and Suge used to bump heads a little bit," the "Regulate" rapper replied. "For instance, there was one incident where a constituent of mine had went and told him I told them not to sign the contract. You know, get a lawyer to get a look at that contract before you sign it. I told my friend that, and another constituent said Warren told [them] not to sign the paperwork."
During an encounter at an undisclosed location (possibly the Death Row offices), Warren G said he overheard Suge yell, "Ay blood, where Warren at?" When he heard that, he instinctively tried to leave.
"I ran," he remembered. "So I'm hitting the elevator... He caught me at the elevator and just grabbed me."
Suge confronted Warren over the advice he gave to the unmentioned artist who was offered a contract from Death Row. "Swear to God, I told him...'Look, you don't get your hands off me, I'ma call my brother and I'm calling all my homeboys,'" he added. "And he let me go. And the guy I had with me...he's a gunner, but you know, I wouldn't have wanted something to happen to Suge."
He explained that he was "cool" with Suge after that incident, thankfully.
Later in the interview, Warren G talked about the time he found out he wasn't on Death Row Records despite his association with the imprint early in his career. “When I knew I wasn’t a part of it is when we were supposed to go out for the first tour and everybody had everything in order and I didn’t have nothing,” he said. “I didn’t have no ticket, no information…I packed like I’m going, I guess they gonna get my shit when I get to the airport. … I was pretty butthurt. I didn’t have a ticket and you know, I’m like where’s my ticket?”
Warren G ultimately got a big break when he worked on the soundtrack to John Singleton's Poetic Justice in 1993, which he contributed to after he showed up to the studio when Dr. Dre and producer Paul Stewart were working. Stewart, who is responsible for helping establish other iconic acts such as the Pharcyde and Coolio, was able to Warren him signed to Def Jam.