Suge Knight’s words on the Source Awards stage in 1995 are still remembered. This affair has long echoed in the world of hip-hop and music in general. And although the event has been brought to a standstill for decades, the memories remain vivid.
Lil Cease recalls Diddy’s reaction to Suge Knight’s comments onstage at the Source Awards
On August 03, 1995, the second edition of the Source Awards was held at Madison Square Garden. At the time Diddy P. was the CEO of his Bad Boy Records label, created in 1993. For his part, Suge Knight was the CEO of Death Row Records.
These two icons were present at the Source Awards ceremony. Everything was going well until Suge Knight took the stage and openly denigrated Diddy and his label without actually calling their names.
“One last thing I would like to say: All the artists who want to be artists and remain stars, and who don’t want a manager who tries to be everywhere in the videos, on the record, dancing… come to Death Row, ”he said.
Indeed, Suge was referring to the omnipresence of Diddy on the songs, in the clips and other aspects of the musical releases of his proteges Cease and BIG. For him, it was abused.
Lil Cease and BIG, of which Diddy was the producer, were present at the ceremony. During an interview on VladTV, Cease said he and BIG were unaware of the conflict between Suge and Diddy. “We didn’t know they had problems and situations like that,” he said.
He remembers hearing that Daz Dillinger and Snoop Dogg were at the scene and there was nothing to suggest there was a problem. “We thought everything was perfect,” Cease said. The entire Bad Boy Records team was confused by these statements from Suge Knight. However, Cease claims that Diddy asked them to keep calm.
BIG and the rest of the very upset Bad Boy Records team wanted to react. But it was not. According to Cease, “They were ready to get mad, but you know Big really trusted Puff and took him at his word. ”
As a result of this story, the Source Awards went on hiatus for several years until 1999 before being discontinued for good.