Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight informed hip-hop magazine XXL that he doesn't fear getting gunned down - just weeks before he was shot at a party in Miami, Florida.

The Death Row Records founder was treated in hospital after being shot in the early hours of Sunday morning (28AUG05) at Kanye West's pre-MTV Video Music Awards party.

And Knight, who has had volatile relationships with a number of rap stars, revealed shortly before the incident that such threats don't worry him.

He said, "If you were raised up or born in the ghetto, (watching your back) is what you do naturally. You don't choose the day you're gonna go... I don't walk in fear."

Police currently have no leads in the shooting.