Snoop Reveals Nas Was Cut From All Eyez On Me
UPDATE: Snoop Dogg’s cousin and frequent collaborator, Daz Dillinger, has stepped in to correct Snoop’s account. The producer of “Got My Mind Made Up” says it is another song entirely that originally featured Nas, and also included Tupac upon release.
ORIGINAL APRIL 17 STORY: Twenty years ago, Tupac Shakur reached #19 on the pop charts with his posthumously released “Thugz Mansion.” Featuring Nas and J. Phoenix, alternate mixes of the song appeared on Pac’s Better Dayz as well as Nas’ God’s Son albums. The collaboration between Tupac and Nas was meaningful given their history of beef in the mid-1990s. Although the men had a meeting in New York City just days before Tupac was killed, both artists’ catalogs included disses aimed at one another.
Snoop Dogg reveals some interesting history surrounding one of Pac’s diamond-certified All Eyez On Me songs in a new interview with Drink Champs. In the “Quick Time With Slime” segment of the two-hour discussion, N.O.R.E. asks Snoop to choose his preference between Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt and Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man. Snoop decides to take a shot of vodka instead of answering, but gives the viewers some new information.
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“You know they got a song together, right? Kurupt and Method Man. I think it’s on Tupac’s album,” Snoop begins near the 01:30:00 mark. A crowd member shouts out, “Got My Mind Made Up.” Snoop responds, “Yeah, talk to ’em. Talk to ’em! But guess who was on that song first? Nas.” As the Drink Champs host reacts with surprise, Snoop doubles down. “I’m tellin’ you the truth: Nas came over to Daz’s house and got on the song first. Then Redman and Method Man got on that song. Then Tupac got out the pen’ and gave it to Tupac and took [Nas’] verse off and left Method Man and Redman on there. Yeah, you heard it first, ni**a. And if you get at Daz, he may have the files.”
Six years ago, Daz explained why another New York MC was cut from the same song, as well as one of Death Row’s stars of the time. “[‘Got My Mind Made Up’ originally] had [The Lady Of Rage], Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Redman, me, and Kurupt [as guests].” In the same DPG Uncut video, he expounded why the Wu-Tang Clan MC did not make the final version and why The Lady Of Rage asked to be removed. He also opened up about the business surrounding the cut.
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Moments later during the 2022 Drink Champs, Snoop says he battled Compton’s Most Wanted members MC Eiht and Tha Chill while he was an eighth-grader. The square-off reportedly took place in a school bathroom. Snoop had previously spoken of the incident with DJ Premier. Both Snoop and Preemo have released MC Eiht material on their labels.
Throughout the interview, N.O.R.E. presses Snoop about the likelihood of his newly-acquired Death Row Records doing things with Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records. During the mid-1990s and beyond, the two companies were engaged in a conflict that coincided with two label stars, Tupac and Biggie Smalls, being killed six months apart. “This is just a conversation that we had; it’s not thought-out yet. I feel like when do really sit down and chop it up and come up with a real game plan, we’ll take everybody’s thoughts into consideration—the people who feel like it shouldn’t [happen] because some lives were lost, that’s some of the [reasons] that we’re doing it for because we don’t any more lives to be lost,” Snoop shares at 01:44:00. In 2015, 20 years after the 1995 Source Awards, Snoop and Diddy hosted a concert at the same venue, Madison Square Garden. Snoop also shares that the two mogul’s children have grown up as great friends.
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“We tried this before, and it didn’t work,” Snoop admits. N.O.R.E. asks Snoop to elaborate as to when this happened. “Well, when Pac, Biggie, Suge [Knight], and Puffy was alive, I believe that they tried to have a conversation. And it never went nowhere. There was people that was trying to make it disappear before it went that far. You gotta know that.” At a point in the interview, Snoop mentions his own 1996 Angie Martinez interview that called for unity. Snoop has previously shared that he called for peace before the deaths of two Hip-Hop legends. The media appearance reportedly upset Tupac, who was on the same trip to New York, prompting the two friends and collaborators to go on the outs just days before Pac was murdered. “Now there’s just two people in the equation: me and Puff, and there’s nobody to stop us from doing it. Y’all heard it first.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Snoop opens up about acquiring Death Row Records along with master recordings and publishing. He explains his reasoning for pulling much of the catalog from digital streaming platforms. Snoop also says that Death Row’s move to the metaverse has plans to play label investor Michael “Harry-O” Harris, former label artists, and other creators. He also proposed an idea of moving Warren G’s debut Regulate…G-Funk Era into the Death Row metaverse.
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#BonusBeat: The Ambrosia For Heads‘ playlist, featuring new music from Snoop Dogg, Nas, Diddy, Method Man, Redman, Nate Dogg, and others: