Steve Madden is ‘obsessed’ with Suge Knight and wants to meet Master P

Fashion designer Steve Madden has an affinity with former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knightand he really wants to meet the founder of No Limit Records Master P.

During an interview with Joe Budden on his People show on YouTube that aired last month, Madden explained the strange obsession he has with Suge Knight. Clips of the segment had circulated online this week and showed that the designer is a fan of Suge’s business-savvy mind.

“I’m obsessed with Suge Knight. I’ve never met him, I want to meet him,” Madden said, as Budden revealed he had met Suge and said he’s not someone you rush to meet. The businessman agreed, explaining that this was precisely what fascinated him about the former music executive.

Joe Budden later asked Madden if he would ever visit Suge Knight in prison, to which he said he would not, but believes the former Death Row mogul is viewed in an unfair light by others and that should change themselves.

“Coming from where he came from, I think we’ve got to give him a little bit of a break. Even though it probably wasn’t a big deal that he ran over a guy,” Madden said. “I admire the entrepreneurial spirit.”

The 64-year-old also revealed he wanted to meet Master P, saying: “I look up to Master P, I really admire Master P a lot. I was in prison with some guys from the projects he came from. It became called Calliope Projects in New Orleans. It’s just really, really tough projects and just where he’s from, it’s amazing what he did with his business and everything.”

In 2002, Steve Madden was convicted of stock manipulation, money laundering and securities fraud and sentenced to 41 months in prison. He served his time in a federal prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base and later the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, near Ocala, Florida.

That time in prison was an eye-opening experience for Madden, who also explained that he was turned on to Hip Hop by inmates, specifically southern tunes.

“I was listening to southern hip-hop, which was like YOU and all those, you know, those guys, that’s what we heard down there because I was in the South,” Madden said. “I remember, you know, that kind of thing, all of Atlanta and then Trick Daddy and all those things and I would listen to TI”

He continued: “I remember I really liked it and then I met TI when I got out of prison and hung out with him. I went to a party with him and we had such a good time, we went to a Maxim party with Irv Gotti and we smoked cigars and I pretended to be Suge Knight, but Suge Knight wasn’t at the party, because I think he ran someone over a week before and killed them, so he wasn’t able to participate. I’m going to meet Nas at that party too.”

Dr. Dre warned RBX against accepting gifts from Suge Knight

In another recent Suge Knight anecdote, former Death Row Records rapper RBX recalled a time when he mistakenly ate chicken that belonged to Knight. The incident led to the death of his relationship with Suge.

“The chicken situation. We’re reviewing the performance, we’ll be back,” RBX explained The art of dialogue last month “there are eight artists and eight bags of chicken. We had two shows and hadn’t eaten shit… [I had] an educated guess, there are eight artists, we’re not eaten… I’ll take the chicken; I’m going to poop.

“Come to find out Suge came walking upstairs with a couple of his homies and the chicken he bought for his boys. He’s going trip, trip, woo-wop, wop, wop. I’m frustrated. I say, ‘We’re up here making this money as a team. We’re starving. We can’t go—there’s eight of us and there’s 14,000 people out there… You know how we’d be mobbed?’

“When we got back home [Suge] got some things done that I just didn’t feel were appropriate as a business – it was conducive to a good business; so I felt like I had to move around,” he said. “But if I keep butting heads with this guy, it won’t be a good thing.”

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