Reggie Wright Jr. claims Eminem once ran from Death Row records after a flight from Hawaii early in his career.
During the late 90s into the early 2000s, Dr. Dre along with Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Eminem were on top of the hip hop world. Part of that success was Dre’s ‘2001’ album which featured ‘Next Episode’ showcasing former Death Row records artists such as Kurupt and Nate Dogg.
According to Reggie Wright Jr., Dre and company were headed to Power 106 part of a media run. The special promotion would allow fans of the radio station to win tickets for a private concert held in Hawaii. Reggie Wright Jr. got word of the plans and quickly told Suge Knight who was doing time behind bars. “So, you knew us, being young, dumb and jealous. We was like these ni**as aren’t going to Hawaii and having a ball,” Wright recalls on Bomb1st. “That ain’t happening on our watch.”
Coincidentally, Reggie and booked the same flight heading to Hawaii which had Snoop, Dre, and Eminem. As explained by Reggie Wright Jr., those on the flight repping for Suge Knight gave “hell” to Snoop Dogg and even Battlecat, a well known music producer. “They were torching him [Snoop] the whole way. Spitting on him and all that,” Reggie recalled.
The incident got back to Jimmy Iovine, head of Interscope records and good friend to Dr. Dre. “Jimmy Iovine was like, ‘Reggie Reggie why ya’ll out there. Why ya’ll always interfering with something,'” Reggie said. Iovine was furious because of the cost of hiring Honolulu police to protect Dre, Snoop and Eminem 24/7 during their time in Hawaii.
Heading back home, Reggie and others would now run into Eminem and his bodyguard on the flight. “Ya’ll gotta remember, I always liked ‘Em. For some reason I just liked ‘Em,” Reggie said. “So, they terrorizing them on the flight.”
Immediately after landing, according to Reggie Wright Jr., Eminem and his bodyguard ran. “Some how him and ‘Em was able to get to the door first and they took off running off that plane doing a 100 yard dash,” Reggie recalled with laughter. “LAPD was there of course, but we ain’t really did nothing so they couldn’t do nothing. They just looked at us, followed us and watched us go home. But they ran to them and escorted them home.”