(AllHipHop News) At one point, Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was serious about expanding the legendary label's roster.
In addition to having artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Tha Dogg Pound, Suge had his sights on multiple acts during the label's heyday.
As AllHipHop.com reported last week, Suge wanted to try to sign New York rap group Run-DMC to a deal.
And now, in a new interview with Eminem's former bodyguard, it looks like the Detroit rapper was also on Suge's radar.
According to Byron "Big Naz" Williams, Suge attempted to sign Eminem to Death Row Records.
"They were trying to strong Eminem to over at Death Row Records because they were struggling at that time," Big Naz said during an interview on the “Murder Master Music Show.”
"Dre had already signed Em, and that was Dre's comeback as well as Eminem's coming out," Big Naz explained.
Eminem released his major label debut album The Slim Shady LP on Aftermath in February of 1999 and the album sold over 280,000 units its first week and went on to move over 18 million copies.
"Dre regained everything he lost at Death Row and Suge Knight didn't like that," Big Naz said. "They took it like you can make money with us, we are bigger than Dre, you can roll with us, and when he said 'no,' that's when the problems began. I earned my money, it was very interesting."
Big Naz revealed he had a second line of defense in the battle, thanks to Los Angeles Police Department officers, who shadowed the rapper at all times when he was in the city.
"They let me do the upfront stuff so if any criminal activity would break out, they would step forward and I would step back. The great thing about the off-duty and retired LAPD guys, I was a licensed CPL (Concealed License Permit) carrier and they also supplied me with legal weapons while we out there, not in the streets, but in the studio."