Tupac Shakur, known by his stage name “2Pac”, is undoubtedly one of the most influential rappers of all time. He was not only a multiplatinum rapper, but a successful actor as well. He’s appeared in notable films such as “Juice”, “Poetic Justice”, and “Gridlock’d”, where his starring roles have garnered high praise from critics. He would unfortunately meet his untimely demise, being killed in Las Vegas.
Since the rapper’s death, his influence has lived on throughout the years. Many reference not only his music and acting, but also his activism. He would never shy away from speaking on the struggles that many in the African-American communities, addressing social issues within the inner cities any chance he could.
Many celebrity friends of his have continuously brought out stories that the public may or may not have previously known about in recent years. A few weeks ago, R&B singer and Oakland native Keyshia Cole spoke to Fat Joe on his podcast and she gave an account of her relationship with Tupac before his passing. Cole, who was mentored by the late legendary rapper in her younger years, shared that on the night of the shooting, he revealed to her that he would be getting ready to leave Death Row Records, where he was signed for years, and planned to take his business to Quincy Jones’s Qwest Records.
“He wanted to sign me to Quincy [Jones] when he was with Kidada, Quincy’s daughter, and he was gonna leave Death Row and go to sign with Quincy,” she reveals to Fat Joe, leaving him stunned. “He wanted me to go over there because he said that Death Row was not the place for kids.”
The latest to come forward with a few more stories of the late rapper is another legendary rapper from the Bay Area, E-40. Born Earl Stevens, E-40 is a founding member of “The Click” (a 90s Hip-Hop group also from the Bay), as well as an actor. He has collaborated with Tupac on a few songs, including “Dusted ‘N’ Disgusted”, and “Million Dollar Spot”, as well as making a cameo appearance in his “California Love” remix music video.
The rapper recently had a sit down interview with VladTV where he shared some moments that he had with Tupac, including when he decided to begin calling himself “Makavelli”. “I got a new name. I’m calling myself Makavelli,” he recalls Tupac saying. “Of course, I didn’t know what he meant. That’s a trip, I’m Fonzarelli, you know what I’m saying? When I found out what it meant and what it was about, I said this dude is way ahead of his time.”
He then begins to speak on the rapper admitting that he had projects at the ready in case anything were to happen to him. Speaking on the subject, he says “he just loved to make music. That’s why his music lasted so long after his passing. ‘Cause all he did was stay in the studio. All he was doing was building up the catalog and putting them in the vault… Few months later, I get a phone call saying Tupac been shot in Vegas. My heart dropped.”
The rapper continued with a thought that he’s been holding for some time. “‘Til this day, I want to tell you this: if he wanted to live, he could have lived, but he would have sold his soul,” he confesses. “He wasn’t gone sell his soul. God say, you can come with me or I can let you live and you can go on with the devil. He went up there with the rest of the talent.”