Spice 1 Believes This Is The Last Song Tupac Recorded (Video)
In the 12 years since Tupac Shakur was murdered in September 1996, the rapper’s discography has grown to include a slew of posthumous releases and compilations. Beginning with The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, the string of projects released after his death have made him one of the most successful late Rap artists, with at least four of them reaching platinum level.
2002’s Better Dayz is one such sales juggernaut. A Death Row/Amaru/Interscope Records double album (the second two-fer in as many years) comprised of remixed versions of previously unreleased material, it featured Buckshot, DJ Quik, Nas, Trick Daddy and others. The LP is home to “Fame,” which, on the album, features Tha Outlawz’ Young Noble, Kastro, Napoleon, and the late Kadafi. As “Makaveli” series bootleggers may know, the original version features Kadafi, as well as E.D.I., Spice 1 and Above The Law affiliate Kokane.
Hailing from Northern California’s East Bay, Spice 1 is a longtime friend and collaborator of Pac’s, a relationship documented on songs of his beginning with 1994’s “Jealous Got Me Strapped.” Luckily (or tragically, depending on viewpoint), he was able to spend some quality time with Tupac just before he was fatally wounded in Las Vegas. In fact, the two were purportedly in the recording studio together the evening before ‘Pac’s September 7, 1996 shooting. “Fame,” he recalls, would be Tupac’s final recording.
In an interview with Vlad TV, Spice 1 tells his story of the night before ‘Pac was ambushed by gunfire in Vegas. According to him, the two were in the studio together on September 6, 1996. “We recorded, I think, the last song [Tupac Shakur] ever recorded,” says the rapper. Together with ‘Kane, Spice and Pac laid their verses that evening. “We recorded the song and we went out. We was leaving the studio, and [Pac] was, like, ‘I’m finna go to Vegas to the Tyson fight.’ He was, like ‘The fight is gon’ be real short, ’cause Tyson just gon’ knock [Bruce Seldon’s] ass out, and then we gon’ go party.'” Pac, Spice says, urged him to hurry up and get to Vegas himself. After heading home to get dressed for his quick trip to Sin City, it was too late. “Before I could get dressed and get out of the house, bam. I get a call saying Pac got shot.”
If Spice’s recollections are correct, Tupac’s verse on “Fame” is eerie. Though, the same could be said about much of his content. On this particular song, he raps things like “They got me hot when they shot me, plotted my revenge / To increase my ends, enemies gettin’ dropped” and “I know death follows me, but I’ll murder him first / And worse yet, with each breath, steps I take, breathless / Is there a cure for a hustler with a death wish?”
There are several Tupac Shakur videos, including interviews, available on AFH TV.
Earlier this year, Spice released an album, Thug Candy.
#BonusBeat: The Better Dayz album version of “Fame”: