Ice Cube has spoken out about the long-running theory that Suge Knight killed Eazy-E by injecting the late N.W.A legend with AIDS.
During a guest appearance on Logan Paul’s podcast Impaulsive, Cube addressed the urban legend where co-host Mike Majlak quizzed the rap veteran about the murky allegations.
Cube asked several questions of his own in an attempt to dig deeper into the authenticity the story.
“How would [Suge] do that?” Cube asked. “And Eazy would never tell anybody that?”
“No, I mean, Eazy didn’t even know,” Majlak countered. “‘Cause you just poke somebody, like, and they don’t even know. Maybe they were at a club or some shit.”
Still skeptical, Cube replied: “Nah, I think if somebody poke you with one of them goddamn needles, you know. You know. I mean, I’m just saying… just say this happened, Eazy would tell somebody, ‘This muthafucka poked me with some shit!’
“Now, if he was unconscious and — I don’t know. It’s like… I don’t know. It just sounds… um… if Eazy would have known he got poked, he would’ve said something. If he didn’t know he got poked, then the conspiracy lives on.”
Suge Knight is known for going above and beyond to either achieve what he wants or take revenge on his enemies, so when questioned whether he would put such a horrific deed behind him, Cube responded plainly, “I don’t put shit past anybody.”
Eazy-E (real name Eric Wright) died on March 26, 1995, at the age of 31, from pneumonia brought on by AIDS. He revealed that he had been diagnosed with the virus at a Hollywood news conference just a few days before he passed away. Days after being sent to the hospital with a severe cough, Eazy found out about the disease.
In a statement read out by Eazy’s friend and attorney Ron Sweeney, the rapper Eazy-Duz-It admitted to living a promiscuous lifestyle and having seven children with six different women.
Eazy’s passing also came at a time when West Coast Hip Hop was at the center of a power struggle between N.W.A’s former label home, the Eazy-E-founded Ruthless Records, and Death Row Records, Suge Knight and Dr. Dre’s soon-to-be-dominant upstart.
Dre, the major producer of N.W.A, intended to follow Ice Cube’s example after the rapper left the company on allegations that he had been paid unfairly despite being the group’s primary songwriter. Knight allegedly used baseball bats and lead pipes to force Eazy into releasing Dre from his contract.
The combination of Eazy’s rapid deterioration and his allegedly violent conflict with Suge Knight and Death Row allowed such a dark conspiracy theory to build steam as fans struggled to grapple with the reality of his sudden death.
Fuel was added to the fire in 2003 when Suge appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! following his release from jail and explained how injecting someone with AIDS was his preferred method of killing someone as opposed to shooting them, even referring to it as “the Eazy-E thing.”
“See, technology is so high, so if you shoot somebody, you go to jail forever. You don’t want to go to jail forever,” he said. “They have a new thing out. They have this stuff they called — they get blood from somebody with AIDS, and they shoot you with it. That’s a slow death. The Eazy-E thing. You know what I mean?”