Suge Knight Recalls Making 'Hit 'Em Up'

Suge Knight Recalls Making 'Hit 'Em Up'

Suge Knight details the inspiration behind scathing diss record.

Published April 16, 2014

In the third installment of's exclusive interview with record executive Suge Knight, the West Coast music mogul tells the story behind one of the most notorious [no pun intended] diss songs in hip hop history, Tupac's "Hit 'Em Up."

"I think it was [Faith Evans] that went and told them [at Bad Boy Records] that Pac was doing that track and putting lyrics to it. We thought we could finish that track. They beat us to it and put out [Biggie's] 'Get Money,'" recalled Suge. "That was already pretty much what we were talking about on the track before the lyrics were gettin' laid," he added.

Knight then talked about getting an angry phone call from Tupac Shakur once "Get Money" hit airwaves.

"[Pac was like,] 'They f****d us." I said, 'No, we gangsta about our s**t. We're smart,'" remembered Suge, who then added, "When we put the track back up, Pac was so pissed off about them jumping the gun and getting the song, naturally he turned around and changed everything and called it 'Hit 'Em Up.'"

The former Death Row Records CEO also spoke about what set the fiery track apart from other diss records that have come and gone.

"It was one of those ones and it was good enough that when you play it in the club everybody wanted to party to it," proclaimed Suge. "Still today that's one of my favorite songs to get some of that Grey Goose and f***** party to it. That was that."

Watch the clip below for more from Suge Knight.

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Written by Interview By Jake Rohn, Additional Reporting By Dan Reagans


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