Tha Outlawz Say Tupac Declared His Beef With Biggie Was Over Shortly Before He Died (Video)
There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the last days of Tupac Shakur. There are reports that the superstar rapper had short term plans to squash his beefs, unite the nation’s Hip-Hop community, and help mentor an army of other artists.
Last Fall, actor Bokeem Woodbine told The Fader about a conversation he had with his late film and music collaborator just days before his 1996 death. “He had a plan to put everybody together on one record and just squash the beef…He wanted to take the power away from the labels that were exploiting the situation. It angered him that they were profiting; he wanted to stop the cash flow. It wasn’t something I was supposed to tell people about, you know what I’m saying? I honored that, and I just waited for that record to come out. But unfortunately, as you know, it never did.”
Tha Outlawz were some of the people closest to Pac in his final year alive. Now reduced to a duo, E.D.I. Mean and Young Noble recently appeared on Sway In The Morning. They set the record straight about these plans.
“I was telling [Young Noble] yesterday: We gotta tell people [that] one of the last things [Tupac Shakur] told us was, ‘Yo, this sh*t with Biggie is over. I’m done with it. I’m wiping my hands with it after the [Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory album released as “Makaveli”], I ain’t even speaking on that no more. ‘Cause at the end of the day, Big is my brother.’ He actually said that.”
Noble then adds, “That’s when we started on the One Nation album. He started bringin’ all the East Coast and West Coast dudes all together. Boot Camp [Clik] were the first dudes we brought out. That’s where Pac’s spirit was at. Greg Nice [came too]. He was gonna bring everybody. He was gonna bring Nas out. He was gonna go crazy and really bring everything together. He didn’t like the way [the beef was portrayed]. Of course ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ and different things started the sh*t, but how the media made it [coastal], he hated it.” Sway asks if those are Tupac’s words. “Absolutely, he said that,” confirms EDI. “He said, ‘Look, Big [is] my brother; I just wanted to give him a spankin’ real quick. I’m done with it. Mission accomplished. Let’s move on. Let’s move on. Absolutely, that’s what he said.” E.D.I. suggests that people believe Shakur’s Don Killuminati project, released just months after his death, was his parting message. “People don’t know that. Pac left them [releasing] ‘Makaveli’ so people [are] still on that.”
Tha Outawz add that the perceptions of beef caused fans to be upset at them for working with Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s Lil’ Cease in the 2000s. E.D.I. points out that during Tupac’s life and after, Tha Outlawz were not just rank-and-file followers. “We wasn’t just blunt-rollers. We wasn’t just yes-men. We had opinions. We were a collective in every sense of the word.” Noble adds, “People want us to be Tha Outlawz from ‘Hit ‘Em Up,’ in 1996. I was 18 years old when Pac died. I’m 39 right now. I’m a grown man, bruh. We grew up. Hip-Hop doesn’t like growing up. They want us to be Tha Outlawz from 1996, man.”
At 39:00, a caller asks Tha Outlawz if their earnings are based on Tupac. “We made our first million dollars, independently, in 2000,” Noble says. E.D.I. picks up, “And be clear: Pac is only on one album.” Both members claim they paid the estate $10,000 for that single verse. “We tour the world every year,” says Noble about the group that has lost Khadafi in 1996, and Hussein Fatal in 2015.
Elsewhere in the interview, the pair denounce the rumor that Pac openly stated plans to leave his record label, Death Row Records. They also discuss plans to release a posthumous Fatal album, who had been in and out of the group since inception before his death in a car accident.
The two remaining Outlawz appear in June 16th’s All Eyez On Me film. Additionally, the duo’s The Last Onez Left album is coming June 24.
Additional Reporting by Bandini.