Eazy-E may have seen something in Suge Knight that didn't come to light until years after the demise of his imprint, Ruthless Records.

According to his business partner Jerry Heller, Eazy planned on getting rid of Suge Knight -- permanently -- until Heller talked him out of it. In a recent interview with the Murder Master Music Show, the Ruthless co-owner explained the exchange.

"Eazy said, 'You know this guy Suge Knight?' I said, 'Yeah.' He says, 'Well, I'm gonna kill him!' He said, 'This guy is gonna be a problem and I think I should kill him.' I said, 'Let me think this thing through. First of all, we're doing $10 million a month with six employees. We don't even have a typewriter in the office. We're the most successful start-up record company in the history of the music business and you want to kill this guy? That just doesn't make any sense to me.'"

Now, decades after that conversation, Heller says that he wishes he didn't talk Eazy out of committing the homicide.

"You know something? I should have let him kill him," he continued. "You know? I would have done the world a favor. He would have done it for sure by himself. He always rolled by himself and he was fearless... I think that he was going to go do it. I took him seriously."

"He was right and I was wrong," he added. "I shouldn't have talked him out of it. Ruthless would probably still be around. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube would probably still be with Ruthless. It would have been an empire."

That may be so but we can't tell whether or not some of this is jealousy talking, rooted in Death Row's 1990s takeover.

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