Tupac Shakur was killed when he was just 25 years old. Now two Las Vegas-based podcasts are offering a substantial reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed the iconic rapper 26 years ago.
Tupac Shakur is regarded as one of the most symbolic and influential rappers of all time. 2Pac ranks among the best-selling music artists, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
In a new interview on Talib Kweli’s People’s Party podcast, DJ Quik said he almost lost his life after 2Pac’s Death Row Records debut “All Eyez On Me” was leaked.
Quik told Kweli how he left a copy of All Eyez On Me in his car and his security guards would regularly use his car. One of the guards would let his friends listen to the tape and then started distributing copies around L.A.
“I almost got killed over a 2Pac bootleg! I had a machine gun put in my face!” Quik said around the 48-minute mark. “But I was still defending him, I was like, ‘Fuck it, do what you gotta do.’ I can’t run! This muthafucka got 30 shots in it, so I’ma just man up and take this shit.
“It was in my car and my security at the time used my car. He took the CD out and let his homeboys hear it. ‘Man, let me get a copy of that!’ ‘Cool’ So I’m in the studio, proofreading and listening to these mixes, making sure that they sound good. And I would give Suge a CD or ‘Pac a CD.”
He then explained how Suge Knight found out about the album leaking.
“The CD ended up in the neighborhood at Earthquake Sounds, a car shop or whatever. And dudes up there called Suge and was like, ‘Aye man, you know niggas up here playing the new 2Pac shit y’all working on?’ He’s like, ‘What?!’
“So I get a call, ‘Hey man, come up to the office.’ And I already know what them Death Row meetings, when they call you randomly at like 4:20. ‘Aye, fight traffic, get up here.’ I’m like, ‘Aww, this finna be some bullshit.’”
Quik then said that a fight started at the Death Row office over the leaked album. He then pressed his security guard about who he gave the album to. “We get up there and we confront it, and then a fight started in the fucking Death Row [office]. It was scrapping and shit. After the fight was done, my dumb-ass, I’m like, ‘Man, we just got accused of something we didn’t do!’ I’m like, ‘What did you do? Who did you give the CD to?’ [He’s like], ‘This guy.’
Quik continued his story, saying how things got heated when they confronted the culprit at his house. “So we go over to this guy’s house, he’s talking to us. He didn’t do it, yada yada, somebody else did it. So me, in my infinite wisdom, I take off on him … I’m fighting the dude and he dropped his Hennessy, and I think he was more mad [about that] than me actually swinging on him.
“He told his homeboy, ‘Man, blast this muthafucka!’ And my man just pulled out a TEC [gun noises]. I’m just… cold. Like, ‘I’m dead over this dumb-ass 2Pac tape.’”
Quik then said that his security guard grabbed the gun before he could seriously hurt or even kill Quik or anybody else. However, that didn’t stop Quik from getting a beatdown.
“So I’m fighting with this guy, then I end up fighting with the other guy, and the other guy kicked me all in the head and shit, I’m on the ground getting stomped and shit,” he remembered. “I get up and I’m still fighting this guy. It’s like, ‘Man, I can’t fight both! Help me fight these muthafuckas!’
“And then we had to go to a party that night still, a Whispers party that Death Row was throwing, so we end up at the Whispers party. Niggas was like, ‘You alright?! Y’all need to go the hospital!’ ‘Nah, we cool, fuck it. Charge it to the game.’”
The Compton native and record producer said that he eventually made amends with the guy accused of leaking the album. He said that the two got together a couple years ago and he apologized to him.
: “The guy that supposedly did it, I ended up making amends with him. I went and hung out with him a couple of years ago and apologized because I shouldn’t have did that. You know, Death Row was the single most dangerous record company in the world, but if you had on the chain, nothing ever happened to you.”
Patti Labelle recently sat down with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for a recent episode of Drink Champs. During the interview, the music legend shared her earliest memories of interacting with hip hop.
“I guess it was 2Pac” LaBelle said before being reminded of her collaboration with Big Daddy Kane “Feels Like Another One.”
“But I started moving to ‘California Love,’” Labelle said to the podcast hosts. “That’s when I started to Crip Walk,” she added.
DJ EFN then asked LaBelle if she ever met Pac to which she responded “No, never.” N.O.R.E then asked her if she had ever met Biggie to wich she also responded “No, but Biggie had a song about Patti,” referencing the song “Just Playing (Dreams)” where Big raps “I’d probably go to jail for f*cking Patti LaBelle.”
During the interview LaBelle also spoke on her relationship with Jazmine Sullivan, admitting that at one point she thought the Heaux Tales artist hated her.
“I thought Jazmine Sullivan hated me. Let me say something, last week, she made my heart pound, hard. She called me,” LaBelle said. “The same gentleman, Marquese, who made this outfit and the outfit that I wore for Essence last couple weeks ago, he’s good friends with Jazmine. And so, he said ‘Jazmine and I always used to talk about who’s coming to Patti LaBelle’s party first? You or me?’”
2Pac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, is claiming that the man over her late brother’s estate, music executive Tom Whalley, has been mishandling the estate’s fortune and has embezzled millions out of it.
In court filings obtained by Billboard, Sekyiwa told a judge that Whalley has not been transparent in reporting information about the estate to its beneficiaries, despite court rulings for him to do so. Shakur blasted Whalley for having a “false sense of entitlement, disregard for transparency and unwillingness to properly comply with his obligation to account to the petitioners and act as a fiduciary.”
These accusations take place seven months after Shakur accused the music executive of embezzling “millions” while running Afeni Shakur’s trust and said that he had fallen “woefully short of compliance” when he filed a court-ordered report on the state of the trust.
After 2Pac was tragically murdered in Las Vegas in 1996, his mother, Afeni Shakur, became the trustee over his estate. Following her death in 2016, Whalley – who signed Pac to Interscope and was a very good friend of the late rapper — took over the estate. In addition to being accused of embezzling millions from the estate, Sekyiwa claimed that Whalley refused to hand over items of Tupac’s with “tremendous sentimental value,” and named himself the manager of Amaru Entertainment, 2Pac’s record label that has put out a few of his albums and is the “principal income-producing asset of the Trust.”
“He has effectively embezzled millions of dollars for his own benefit,” Sekyiwa wrote. “Whalley has unreasonably enriched himself at the expense of the beneficiaries and in bad faith by taking excessive compensation in a position from which he should properly be barred based on the inherent conflict of interest.”
In a statement to Billboard in Janruary, Whalley’s attorney, Howard King, denied the allegations, arguing that Whalley was a good friend of Tupac and Afeni and was asked by Afeni to become the estate’s trustee before her death. “These legal claims are disappointing and detrimental to all beneficiaries of the trust,” King said at the time. “We are confident the court will promptly conclude that Tom has always acted in the best interests of Amaru, the trust, and all beneficiaries.”
In a court filing that took place in March, Whalley and his attorneys backed up his claims, saying that he had “vastly increased the value of trust” partly by using some of Tupac’s personal items in the immersive “Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free” exhibit in Los Angeles. However, the judge presiding over Sekyiwa’s lawsuit ordered that a full accounting of the trust be due by June 30.
Sekyiwa’s attorneys, Londell McMillan, Donald David, and Joshua R. Mandell, responded on Monday, saying that Whalley had fallen short of what the judge requested.
“Respondent could very easily have provided these documents in support of his accounting, but has refused to produce any,” Sekyiwa’s lawyers wrote. “Respondent has chosen to keep his actions and the status of the assets in the Trust and Amaru in the dark, rather than allow reasonable review and comment.”
Sekyiwa’s attorneys then asked the judge to appoint a CPA to review the trust to “ensure that it is completed timely and in compliance with all applicable requirements.”
“Respondent should not be allowed to continue spending the Trust’s assets to pursue a self-serving, drawn-out litigation campaign with the aim of withholding as much critical financial information as he can until forced to produce it, and falsely promoting himself in the process,” Sekyiwa’s lawyers wrote. “If the Trust’s money is to be spent, it should be spent efficiently on an independent CPA who will move expeditiously and account to the beneficiaries and the Court fairly and objectively.”
Whalley nor his attorneys have responded to Sekyiwa’s lawyer’s request of the judge. A hearing for the lawsuit is set for next month.
It’s a long-running debate whether many of the rappers of the 90s would be able to compete with today’s rappers. While many hold the 90s rappers in high regard compared to today’s rappers, some say otherwise.
In a recent interview with DJ Akademiks, T-Pain believes the latter. In the interview he says that had 2Pac survived his 1996 shooting, he would have gotten his “ass ate the f*ck up lyrically” by rappers today and probably would have been killed sooner.
“‘Pac would’ve gotten killed sooner [if social media existed] and he would’ve gotten his ass ate the f*ck up lyrically,” T-Pain said. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. What!?” Akademiks said, heavily disagreeing with T-Pain’s comments, taking for example drill rappers who don’t rely on lyricism as much. T-Pain continued, saying that the reason 2Pac was considered a great lyricist was because nobody else had a “platform” back then. “Lyricism-wise, ‘Pac would’ve got ridiculously murdered. Bro, ‘Pac was a crazy lyricist in our time because ain’t nobody else have no platform.”
“If the platforms would’ve been what they are now, ‘Pac would’ve been ate the fuck up […] I’m just saying what we look at as ‘Pac’s greatest lyrics right is peanuts to what we hear today,” Pain added.
Akademiks went on to say that Pac was a “full poet” to which T-Pain agreed, but said that if social media was around during Pac’s time, more people would have been able to share their opinion and probably would not have called the late rapper a great lyricist.
“‘Pac is a full f*cking poet. Pac was — if not the — one of the greatest lyricist at the time, but if we would’ve had social media back then and everybody would’ve been able to have their opinion, there would’ve been way the f*ck more disrespectful n*ggas at the time. They would’ve been dying to be more disrespectful to ‘Pac.”
Apparently age would have been a factor and according to T-Pain, people would have discredited Pac if he was still alive and in his 50’s talking about the same things he talked about when he was younger.
“If ‘Pac was alive right now, they would’ve discredited everything he said just because he was old. That’s it. He would’ve been saying the same thing as the young n*ggas, but it would’ve been less credit ’cause he’s old. If ‘Pac was alive right now, over 20 years later, and he would’ve been talking that same sh*t that he’d been talking from the beginning, but somebody younger would’ve came and talked that sh*t a little more disrespectful would’ve stepped on somebody’s grave and that would’ve been the new n*gga and then all of a sudden, 2Pac would’ve been out of style.”
You can watch the full interview here. T-Pain’s comments come at the 2:32:00 mark.