News: Unreleased 2Pac Interview Lands Online, "I Always Gave New York Big Props" [Video]
Monday, Sep 14, 2009 5:10PM
VIBE has officially dropped an unreleased Tupac Shakur interview from around 1996 where the late emcee spoke on his East Coast/West Coast struggles and what he saw in his future.
The footage shows Pac talking about getting criticized for supporting the West Coast despite his New York roots.
"If God give me breath for 20 more years, I see myself changing the world," Pac said in the interview. "Because my thought patterns are so opposite of what's the norm. So I would have to change the world or be changed by the world -- This is not a new allegiance to the West Coast. I been on the West Coast all this time, it's just because some people, not all, some people on the East Coast be on they d*cks so hard that they never heard me say I'm living on the West Coast. It's just that me being real, I always said where I came from. I always gave New York big props. On Me Against The World, I took a whole song to give it up. So now, on the next album when I wanna give it up for my home where I'm at, everybody got a problem? Why they don't got a problem with Biggie saying 'Brooklyn in the house' every f*cking show he do..." (Vibe)
An unreleased Tupac diss song called "War Gamez" also landed online earlier this summer with the rapper calling out Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Nas, Mobb Deep and more.
"N*ggas playing deadly motherf*cking war games," Pac says in the intro. "How many broke down rappers got some sh*t to say...I bust on Bad Boy, Mobb Deep and murder The Firm/When you scream 'fake thugs' who the f*ck you mean/Get more C.R.E.A.M. than all of y'all/N*gga f*ck your team/Now Dre wanna switch sides/Tricks hide in war/Last year I shed tears but I don't cry no more/Plus Jay-Z tried to play me/He won't last long/Go ask King Sun how it feel to have your a** gone...Got shot five times, got outta jail on bail and sold five million. Sold more records than all you trick motherf*ckers put together. More than The Firm, more than Bad Boy, murdered Mobb Deep, more than all you b*tch made n*ggas." ("War Gamez")
WIDEawake, which purchased Death Row Records earlier this year, recently signed a deal with EverGreen to release new music including unreleased records by Tupac.
In addition, Death Row is expected to generate a number of new releases in the near future, like a new album of unreleased Tupac material to commemorate the rapper's June 2010 birthday. The as-yet-untitled album will be distributed by E-1 stateside and EMI overseas. Other forthcoming releases include a collector's edition re-release of The Chronic Re-Lit, slated for a September 1, 2009 street date. The album will feature four bonus tracks - all unreleased master from Death Row - plus a DVD with never before seen video footage of Dr. Dre and other artists. WIDEawake/Death Row will also release several box sets this holiday season, including a four CD collection of previously unreleased Death Row master recordings, never before seen images and video footage. (Billboard)
The legal dispute between production rights for a Tupac biopic was recently put off until spring 2010 forcing all possible production and filming to be postponed.
Morgan Creek Productions made legal moves to have the counter-suit dismissed, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard E. Rico upheld Amaru Entertainment's claim and set an April 13, 2010 trial date for the case. After the ruling, Amaru Entertainment's lawyer, Skip Miller, expressed his satisfaction with the company's first victory in the battle. "We are pleased with the court's ruling -- It supports our claim that Morgan Creek tortiously interfered with the making of the Tupac Shakur movie. I look forward to trying this case and have the jury decide the matter. Morgan Creek has a history of bullying people into giving them rights they did not acquire. This time, they picked on the wrong people." (The Boom Box)
Check out Tupac Shakur's interview below: