Yung Eazy, the son of N.W.A co-founder Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, thinks Suge Knight killed his father.
Yung Eazy, whose real name is Eric Wright Jr., shared an Instagram post of a now-infamous interview Knight had on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2003, his first televised appearance after being released from prison for parole violations stemming from assault and weapons convictions. Knight, 50, is currently awaiting trial for murder after he was captured on video allegedly running over and killing Heavyweight Records co-founder Terry Carter in late January. He also hit another man who survived. The altercation reportedly followed a dispute which originated on the “Straight Outta Compton” set. Knight turned himself in to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station the next day.
Here’s what Knight told Kimmel, who made a joke about Knight’s notoriously violent reputation by donning a bullet-proof vest while hosting Knight’s segment.
“This the new thing, right? So, if somebody gonna do something to somebody, technology is so high, right? So, you shoot somebody, you go to jail forever,” Knight said. “Kids, you don’t want to go to jail forever, right? So, they got this new thing out, people sell ’em all the time. They get this stuff they call — they get blood from somebody with AIDS — and then they shoot you with it. That’s the slow death.”
In the caption of the photo he posted of Knight, Yung Eazy wrote:
I’ve been known my pops was killed. His death never added up 2 what ppl have always said maybe they think we’re idiots blind to the truth idk….but 4 u new fans, youngsters & ppl who just don’t know much notice in #StraightOuttaCompton Eazy did not get sick until after the studio incident with suge and look how he acknowledged & admits on this interview with #JimmyKimmel injecting ppl instead of shooting them is a new thing that’s done. the truth is out there its just blinded by the fact that Eric had alot of sex #FreeYourMind #RipEazyE #EazyE #F—SugeKnight
Eazy-E died Mar. 26, 1995 of AIDS-related pneumonia.
As Wright Jr. states, the thinking was that Eazy-E’s serial womanizing led to his death. In his 2006 book “Ruthless, A Memoir,” Ruthless co-founder Jerry Heller wrote:
It would be hard to imagine a p—-hound more rabid than Eric Wright. Even before Ruthless kicked into high gear, he had multiple girlfriends. I would sit with him in that little former porn-video office adjacent to Lanark Park and marvel as I listened to him talk to his multiple lovers on the phone, one after another.
“Eric,” I would say to him, sadly prescient, “p—- is going to be your downfall.” He was so smart in every other way. Women were his Achilles’ heel. I couldn’t believe that a guy with so few other weaknesses indulged himself in such a huge one.
Why would Knight have wanted to kill Eazy? In 1991, Knight and two of his goons confronted Eazy at Galaxy Studios at Sounds of Los Angeles Records, according to Heller’s memoir. They brought baseball bats, and they strong-armed Eazy into releasing Dr. Dre, the D.O.C. and Michel’le from Ruthless so they could sign with Knight’s Death Row label. That’s the “studio incident” Wright Jr. is talking about.
In recent days, Heller has changed his tune, and there’s been an renewed interest in the circumstances surrounding Eazy’s diagnosis and death because of “Straight Outta Compton.” He began talking about Eazy’s death while discussing his decision to talk the rapper, whom he called his “best friend,” out of killing Knight, a decision Heller said he now regrets.