Monday, August 29, 2005

Karma Bomb?

Hundreds of people were in the Miami club when 'rap mogul' Marion "Suge" Knight was shot. When police began questioning the partyers, amazingly, almost nobody had seen anything.

A police report described the man who shot Knight in the leg Saturday at a party held in conjunction with the MTV Video Music Awards as black and wearing a pink shirt. (not a very detailed description) The party, hosted by Kanye West, at the Shore Club hotel in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said early Monday there had been no further developments in the case. He told The Miami Herald that the investigation was being hampered by witnesses' unwillingness to talk. "We don't have any physical description. We don't know how many subjects were involved, which is mind boggling, with all those people around."

Witnesses who did talk said Knight was sitting at a VIP table when a man walked up and opened fire. No one else was injured. Screaming guests fled the party, streaming outside or taking cover in other parts of the hotel.

Is anyone amazed that nobody is willing to help solve this case? "Suge" was linked to both the Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. murders. Some have even suggested that "Suge" Knight was behind both murders.

"It's disturbing that someone can let off six shots in a packed club and can escape without being arrested," said Elliott Wilson, editor in chief of the rap magazine XXL. "The hip-hop community doesn't trust the police to confide info to them, and in turn the police have done little to make us feel like they give a damn about our safety. It's a vicious cycle."

Maybe the hip-hop community feels that "Suge" got what he deserved? He has stepped on many toes when he made his way to the top of the Rap scene. Maybe this is just the chickens coming home to roost?

A group of Knight's friends waiting at the hospital Sunday said he was alert and talkative after the shooting. His attorneys told hospital officials not to release any information on his condition, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Oliva said Monday. Knight's attorney in Los Angeles, Dermot Givens, did not return telephone calls Sunday or Monday. "Suge" is at Ceder's Sinai Mimai Beach.

I am of the camp that believes that "Suge" Knight ordered the deaths of both Tupac and Biggie. "Suge" was one of the most powerful and feared music figures of the 1990s. With superstar rappers like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur in his stable, plus a horde of "Bloods" gang members from his native Los Angeles on his payroll, he made millions and enemies in equal abundance.

His fortunes started to slide when Shakur was shot and killed in 1996 while riding in the passenger seat of Knight's car. The shooting took place after the pair stomped a gang rival in a Las Vegas hotel; that attack resulted in Knight being sent to prison for nearly five years for violating parole.

At the time, Knight had been cultivating a feud with Sean Combs' Bad Boy label in a so-called "rap war," and Bad Boy's top artist, the Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down months later in Los Angeles. Relatives of Biggie have accused Knight of involvement in that slaying, but police have never named Knight as a suspect.

I believe the motive for Tupac's murder was money. "Suge" was going to owe Tupac millions because he was going to leave "Death Row Records". Some have speculated that "Suge" planned to be in the car at the time of Tupac's shooting as the perfect alibi. "Suge's" hatred for Bad Boy is well-known, and this could have been one aspect of motive for Biggie's murder. Another could be that it offers the idea that "Suge" couldn't possibly have had anything to do with Tupac's death.

I'm not advocating violence, but I'm also not going to lose any sleep over "Suge" getting shot. Tupac Shakur (for all his faults) was an artist that doesn't come along very often. He spoke for a generation, and his words will last for ages to come. For some it was Kurt Cobain speaking for their angst... for others it was Tupac. Both told it like it was, that life isn't always pretty. Both were masters at their art. Both touched people and have left many questions after their deaths. Some put Biggie in Tupac's league of telling the story of "Thug Life". Many people feel that "Suge" was involved (whether directly or indirectly) with silencing these two rap icons. I don't suppose that many people are crying tears for "Suge".

Karma basically says that you get back what you dish out. Maybe this is just Karma giving "Suge" a taste of his own medicine?