News: Jamie Foxx Talks Biggie Smalls & 2Pac, "A Lot Of These Guys Wouldn't Even Have Careers If [They] Didn't Pass" [Audio]
Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 12:20AM
Comedian/singer Jamie Foxx recently spoke on the legacy of late rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. and stressed how their deaths sparked various rap careers.
Foxx still recalls learning about the fatal shooting of Pac.
"The Tupac legacy is so incredible," Foxx told radio personality DJ Whoo Kid, "I was watching VH1 when unfortunately we lost Tupac and unfortunately we lost Biggie also. It still leaves a whole in my heart when I think about those guys and what they could have done and could be doing right now. And a lot of these guys wouldn't even have had careers if Biggie and Pac wouldn't have passed. And I say that not naming anybody's names because I believe everyone is still talented but I wish we could have had a little bit more of that, man. A little bit more of what [they] could have taught us and tell us." (Radio Planet TV)
Writing via Twitter last month, West Coast rapper Game said his rap career may have not happened if Pac was still alive.
"#if2PACwasALIVE I probably wouldn't be who I am today. his un-timely death is what motivated me to wanna put this sh*t on my back !!!," he wrote. "& #ifBIGwasALIVE nobody would be runnin round talkin bout they the KING OF NEW YORK !!! he was hands down that n*gga !!! #ifBIGwasALIVE Tianna & lil CJ would have a father this X-mas ! #if2PACwasALIVE Will Smith wouldn't have a wife, cuz Jada was Pac's gyrl..... #realtalk #if2PACwasALIVE he would be 37 years old. #if2PACwasALIVE him & Denzel would be fightin for movie roles.... cuz he was on his way to a OSCAR !!! #if2PACwasALIVE you could hit him @2PAC & he would hit you back just like I do .......... #realtalk #if2PACwasALIVE B.I.G. would still be alive !!! #nuffsaid." (Game's Twitter)
Southern rapper David Banner previously hit SOHH about seeing Tupac alive.
"I think if Pac was here, hip-hop would have more of a voice in what's going on in this election," said Mississippi rapper, David Banner. "I think Tupac would be one of the people that could rally young people together. He's one of the few artists that would've been able to take his fame and actually be able to focus that to somewhere positive." (SOHH)
Consequence also weighed in on his thoughts of Pac still rapping today.
"Tupac was definitely one of the more vocal artists when it came to matters that matter," said the G.O.O.D. Music rapper. "I definitely think he would have urged the younger generation to let their voice be heard by voting." (SOHH)
Listen to Jamie Foxx speaking about Tupac Shakur & Biggie Smalls down below: