From classic movie scenes to powerful messages to iconic outbursts that have influenced some of the biggest names in today’s Hip Hop, moments from the life of legendary recording artist 2Pacgo viral daily.
While today is no different, a clip that shows the groovy side of the thespian two-stepping inside a nightclub in 1995 to the West Coast classic “Let’s Play House” by Tha Dogg Pound goes viral on Tuesday (Oct. 12). “He was so gangsta,” tweets @Meanie_McFeeny on Twitter in the comment section of the 13-second clip.
Posted on October 12 by the popular social media account, @AuxGod_, on Twitter, the tweet captioned “Tupac dancing to ‘Let’s Play House’ (95)” has generated 52,000 views, 2,466 likes and 714 retweets — so far. The clip stems from rare footage of 2Pac at Club 662 in Las Vegas. The one-time nightclub was owned by Suge Knight. You may watch the full video of Shakur dancing on the packed-out dance floor below.
“Let’s Play House” appears on Tha Dogg Pound’s classic album Dogg Food (1995). Signing with Death Row Records in 1992, their debut album, which also features the infamous diss track “New York New York” featuring Snoop Dogg, peaked at #1 on Billboard in November 1995 and went 2x platinum, according to RIAA.
In 1995, the rapper-actor was shot five times during the New York robbery that spawned the infamous beef with best friend-turned-bitter rival Notorious B.I.G. and sentenced to up to four and a half years in jail for sexual abuse. His third album, Me Against the World, was released in March 1995 via Interscope/Jive Records. While in jail, 2Pac signed a multi-album deal with Death Row Records in September 1995.
On Death Row, 2Pac and Tha Dogg Pound collaborated on the track “Got My Mind Made Up” off the Diamond-selling Death Row debut All Eyez on Me. On the album’s production, Daz Dillinger produced “Ambitionz az a Ridah.” Tha Dogg Pound left Death Row in 2001.
You can revisit the visual to the Dogg Pound classic below.
Later in the song, Daz goes at B.G. and Dre’sta, mentioning their name on wax. Meanwhile, in the video, recreating O.J. Simpson’s June of ’94 Bronco ride down the 405 freeway, there are jabs at So So Def Records. An actor in an Atlanta Braves jersey playing Jermaine Dupri is mobbed at the top of the video. Later, an actress imitating Da Brat gets the cold shoulder from the DPG crew. Several months after Funkdafied nearly cracked the Top 10, Death Row felt as though the braided Chicago spitter in the flannel with the G-Funk production was biting. Kurupt Explains How He & DMX Made Peace 20 Years After Their Beef Over Foxy Brown (Video) Daz took umbrage with labels picking up local acts. Def Jam had signed Warren G after Death Row didn’t. The G-Child became a grown star. Def Jam had also scooped up Domino, Jayo Felony, and would eventually back B.G and Dre’sta. “I see all these ni**as tryin’ to get with my kinfolk / Got so many busters on the West Coast / And then, to say the least / I see a few trick-ass ni**as layin’ low on the East Coast,” D-A-Z charges. The year before many people claim the coastal conflicts started, Daz Dillinger was unloading what was on his mind regardless of who was offended. Kurupt follows, taking jabs at Ruthless Records and welcoming a physical altercation—which for Nate Dogg and others, would eventually happen, at a nearby charity golf outing. Nate took on B.G. and Dre’sta in an altercation that is partially captured on camera. Ironically, JD would go on to sign Daz Dillinger a decade later and executive produce 2006’s So So Gangsta. In the early 2000s, Dre’sta would work with Death Row on the label’s Too Gangsta For Radio compilation. Other Ambrosia For Heads Do Remember Features However, as Snoop, Daz, and Kurupt told the world that their crew could not be messed with, the song was a powerful statement that the ever-territorial Dogg Pound was poised for 1995. Additional Reporting by Bandini.