Audio: 2 Pac Speaks on the Quad Shooting from Rikers Island

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015


Pioneering Rap journalist and activist Kevin Powell sits down with Jinx from Complex News to speak on his new memoir, The Education of Kevin Powell. During the chat, Powell plays an exclusive clip from a 1995 interview that he conducted with 2 Pac while he was locked up on NYC’s Riker’s Island on sexual assault charges. Pac lays out the story of how he recorded a verse at Ron G’s house in Harlem before heading down to Quad Studios in midtown to lay a verse for an up and coming rapper.

Listen below.

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A Conversation with Wendy Day (Pt. 1)

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Words by Jimmy Ness

Wendy Day has been responsible for over a billon dollars in album sales, meaning she’s involved in shifting units comparable to Jay-Z and P-Diddy combined. But the 52-year-old isn’t a label shark profiting from manipulating artists into bad deals. She’s dedicated her life to building careers, sharing industry insight and negotiating fair contracts for rappers. In 1992, Wendy used her sizable life savings, stocks, Condo and BMW to fund non-profit organization Rap Coalition, a move that former Bad Boy accountant Bert Padell critiqued as “fucking crazy.” Day brokered some of the biggest deals in music history including Master P’s No Limit Records signing to Priority and Cash Money’s $30 million distribution deal with Universal, which allowed them to keep 85% of their royalties. The outspoken industry veteran held nothing back during our chat and has enough stories to fill several autobiographies. In part one of this interview, we discussed what 2pac planned for his next album, the time Freddie Foxx put a gun to Birdman’s head in public, 50 Cent crushing Young Buck, and a possible collaboration between Slick Rick and Kendrick Lamar.

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Freddie Foxxx on The Combat Jack Show

Friday, June 27th, 2014


The legendary Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles appeared on the The Combat Jack Show and shared a lot of unfiltered rap history. Freddie discussed meeting Chuck D during a time where his life was on the line for the culture, his relationship with Tupac, being down with the Paid In Full Posse (Eric B.), his battle-rapping past, what happened with Queen Latifah/Flavor Unit, getting blackballed by Steve Stoute, what business lessons he learned from being around Naughty by Nature/D.I.T.C., being around Nas during his beef with Jay-Z and of course, his most famous beatdown stories dispelled.

I’m probably forgetting a lot but the full 2 hours is worth the time.

Previously: Marley Marl on The Combat Jack Show | Lord Finesse on The Combat Jack Show

Chuck D’s Letter From 2Pac

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


“I just signed 2 Death Row…”

Yesterday on Twitter, Chuck D shared a note he received from an incarcerated 2Pac back in 1995. The letter is handwritten on one page and in it, ‘Pac thanks the OG for lessons learned and jewels dropped while they were on the road together. He also invites him to take part in an unspecified program he wanted to launch, gauges his interest in a film project and offers him a spot on an upcoming song alongside Sister Souljah. Overall, ‘Pac’s mood seemed upbeat despite his circumstances, and he was excited about a recent bail hearing and his new deal with Death Row.

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2Pac – Dear Mama (J. Period Remix)

Friday, June 20th, 2014


In honor of last night’s debut of the new Tupac inspired Broadway musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me, J.Period reworks the classic ‘Pac cut “Dear Mama”. The track is the first release from Period’s Holler If You Hear Me: Remixed project that is dropping next Tuesday. Check out a review of Holler If Ya Hear Me‘s opening night here.

Previously: J.Period x Biggie – March 9th Revisited (Mixtape)

Suge Knight Still Insists That 2Pac is Alive

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Suge is back on his ‘Pac’s still alive shit.

“If he was dead, they’d be arresting those dudes for murder”

Oh well when you put it like that, it seems legit.

Previously: Suge Says He Thinks ‘Pac is Alive

The Oral History of Juice

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Myspace spoke to most of the surviving members of the cast and crew of the film Juice about the conception and production of the iconic hood flick. The piece includes commentary from writer/director Ernest Dickinson, co-writer Gerard Brown, producer Peter Frankfurt, Omar Epps (Q), Khalil Khan (Raheem) and Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins (Steel). They also spoke to Hank Shocklee of The Bomb Squad, who scored the film and served as executive producer of the sountrack. Fab Five Freddy, Treach and Big Daddy Kane also contribued commentary.

Here, Ernest, Omar and Khalil talk about a time 2Pac beat up some kid who tried to steal jewlery from his trailer:

Omar Epps: There were fights happening all around.

Khalil Kain: Pac tried to keep it real. His trailer door was always open. He would smoke a little something, drink a little something. He didn’t want to separate himself from the kids in the neighborhood. But you can’t do that with everybody. They caught a kid and some of his partners that had robbed some of the jewelry out of Pac’s trailer. I wasn’t even working that day. I was just kind of showing off for some girl who I was taking up to the set. As we were walking up to the set, shit jumped off. Tupac and another dude were stomping this kid out. The girl I was with thought they were filming for the movie. And I was like, “Nah, that’s not a movie.”

Ernest Dickerson: The only reason the guy got away was because there was a car speeding up in the street and the guy broke away and jumped on the back of the car! [Laughs.] But while he’s stomping the guy all these people are screaming out of the window like, “You leave that boy alone!” So now I’m worried because this guy got beat up in the street in public. And a lot of times when something like that happens, somebody will want to get some payback. I’m just worried about somebody doing a drive-by on the film set. But it never happened.

Click here to read Oral History: Tupac, Fist Fights and the Making of Juice

Previously: Allen Hughes on Beef with Tupac

Mister Cee’s Throwback @Noon 2Pac Tribute Mix

Friday, September 13th, 2013

For today’s Throwback at Noon, Cee paid tribute to ‘Pac on this 17th anniversary of his passing.

Previously: Mister Cee’s “Back On The Box” Mix | Mixtape Memories: 10 Classic Biggie Smalls Mixtape Cuts

Tyga ft. Jadakiss & 2Pac – Hit ‘Em Up

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The DJ Mustard-produced track is off Tyga’s upcoming sophomore effort, Hotel California, out next Tuesday.

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Vintage Video: Tupac Connects with Duck Down for One Nation LP

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Here’s a recently unearthed clip of ‘Pac greeting Buckshot, Dru Ha and other members of Duck Down prior to the sessions for the unreleased One Nation LP that they recorded back in 1996. Originally conceptualized as a display of unity between the East Coast and the West Coast, the project was shelved after ‘Pac’s murder. Many of the songs have leaked over the years, but a rumored commercial release of the album never came to pass.

This footage was released by director Gobi M. Rahimi, who documented ‘Pac’s last days as his personal videographer and is attempting to release a documentary called 7 Dayz that will tell the story of the Rapper’s final week alive. Hit the jump to check out another clip of ‘Pac in the booth recording for One Nation and watch the 7 Dayz trailer. If you would like to contribute to the production of the film, hit up Gobi’s Kickstarter page to make a donation.

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