In a new interview with PANDA CHOP! News, the former head of security for Death Row Records, Reggie Wright Jr, talked about Eminem getting extorted but protected by Boo Yaa Tribe on the West Coast and Death Row Records confronting Eminem at the Source Awards 1999.
Interviewer: At the 1999, The Source awards, Death Row approached Eminem and they were gonna beat him down until you intervened and said to kick back that he had noting to do with it. Suge was in jail at that time. Did Suge personally call and say to go after Eminem because of his affiliation with Dre?
Reggie Wright: About Source Awards, it was like ‘you all ni–as be out here you all gotta represent. How you gonna go to Awards Show in LA and nobody is from LA there? Or performing or anything? You all go there, represent LA, stand up.’ It was not about beef. It was not about the beef with Dre or anything. But there was this dude Dean, the young assistant of Jimmy Iovine who was with Em and Dean looked at me like ‘Reggie what’s going on?’ Suge ain’t never really had no problems with Em to be honest. Suge always liked him, he always said he was a funny guy. He always kinda liked Em.
Interviewer: What was Eminem’s reaction when he got approached by all them dudes?
Reggie Write: He just looked and said nothing. It was not like he was scared or s–t but he was like ‘WHAT’S GOING ON.’ Then Dean jumped in and saw me. They know I was the only peacemaker. More importantly, Dean knew that I needed Em, that was my key to Jimmy whenever I needed to. It was like 10-20 of them standing there and three or four jumped in and they were about to do something bad to Eminem but fortunately they were listening to me and they just kept walking.”
You can watch the full interview below: