Jay Electronica Threatens Eminem For Saying Puffy Had Tupac Killed
Earlier today (September 14) Eminem sent shock waves through the Rap community with his latest MGK diss, “Killshot.” The second Em offensive aimed at the Cleveland, Ohio rapper in the last three Fridays was in response to the Bad Boy Records artist’s “Rap Devil,” a scathing reply to Slim Shady’s “Fall” from his #1 album Kamikaze.
In the latest round of insults, Eminem was not afraid to seemingly take a heavy shot at Bad Boy’s founder, Diddy. While Eminem has been making light of the mogul producer-turned-rapper since his Rawkus Records affiliated days (see: “Any Man”), his latest bars are more serious. “F*ckin’ nails in these coffins as soft as Cottonelle / Killshot, I will not fail, I’m with the Doc still / But this idiot’s boss pops pills and tells him he’s got skills / But Kells, the day you put out a hit’s the day Diddy admits That he put the hit out that got Pac killed,” raps Eminem.
Although Marshall apologizes to Puffy at the close of the song, merely mentioning the controversy has some parties already heated. Jay Electronica has worked closely with Diddy. The mogul appeared on 2010 song, “The Ghost Of Christopher Wallace.” Some rumors circulated for a time that Jay’s long-hyped debut album, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), would be a joint effort between Roc Nation and Bad Boy. Puffy was on one of Jay’s tracklists.
Moments after Eminem released “Killshot,” Jay Electronica took umbrage with the Puffy bar through two tweets. After recalling “checking” Eminem for disrespecting Minister Louis Farrakhan in the past, with a video attached, he added, “How dare you accuse Diddy of killing Tupac while you completely look [past] Jimmy Iovine and those who profited from his death the MOST,” tweeted the MC/producer. “You best tread carefully Son, before I come tear your ivory tower down like Sulaiman done the Templar Knights. #RIPProof” He threatens the superstar MC, and references at a 14th Century crusade.
Jay Electronica, who has called Detroit, Michigan home at times in his career, is referring to onetime Interscope Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine. The label signed Tupac in 1991, ahead of his debut 2Pacalypse Now. Shakur released four more projects with the label, ahead of his 1996 death—including a Thug Life album and the diamond-certified All Eyez On Me. Since Pac’s murder (22 years ago this week), Interscope has released at least seven albums under the rapper’s name. Eminem has become a close figure with Iovine, even since he took a post at Apple Music.
Although Death Row Records lost a lawsuit to the Shakur estate more than a decade, Interscope has remained Shakur’s distributor in the time Jimmy Iovine oversaw the major label. The same executive played Eminem’s Slim Shady EP for Dr. Dre in the late 1990s. That led to Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records backing Em (and later, his Shady Records imprint) for more than 20 years. Like Tupac and Dre, Eminem has made Interscope a fortune. Notably, Puff Daddy moved Bad Boy to be distributed by Interscope in the late 2000s.
Notably, what Eminem references in “KillShot” is not new information. Former Los Angeles Police Department detective Greg Kading, who oversaw the investigation of the murder of Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls) implied that Puff Daddy and associates offered a bounty for killing Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight in 1996. Kading details his theory in the book Murder Rap. No arrests or charges were ever made. In the corresponding Murder Rap documentary, the crew visits a Sunset Boulevard restaurant were Puffy allegedly ordered the hits through Southside Crip Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis. Davis later spoke on record that he witnessed Shakur’s fatal shooting on the night of September 7, 1996—and that he was in the Cadillac rental car that opened fire on Shakur and Knight in a BMW. Davis is also a relative of Orlando Anderson, the man that Knight, Shakur, and others assaulted just hours before the shooting in the Las Vegas MGM Grand lobby.