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  • 1996 2 Pac Interview ...

    Maybe its interesting for someone ... I found it again on another board. Read it before but its always a good read.... he explains why he dissed Dre ...

    (posted it in the hip hop section but deleted it again by mistake)

    (1/2)
    Interview with Vibe 09/96
    Two weeks before his death in Las Vegas, Tupac Shakur was in Los Angeles filming the movie Gang Related, in which he plays a corrupt cop. During a break in the filming, he sat down in his trailer with Rob Marriott for what may have been his last-and most outrageous-in depth interview.

    Are you where you wanna be right now in your career?
    I'm at a point where I'm in charge. I don't have to answer to anybody; I'm in total control. I've got another album droppin' next month under an alias name, under Makaveli. It's called Killuminati, I'm not the king, I'm not the teacher or nothin' like that, but I feel like I don't have no peers. I've been out less than a year, convicted of allegations that usually end *****s' careers. Shot five times in the nuts and the head. I came out, and in less than a ****in' year outsold Biggie almost three times. I sold more records than his whole ****in' record label.

    What's with this Makaveli? Why name yourself after a sixteenth-century politician and philosopher?
    That's what got me here, my reading. It's not like I idolize this one guy Machiavelli. I idolize that type of thinking where you do whatever's gonna make you achieve your goal.

    So now I'm not on no bull**** or anything, I'm gonna change the rules in this rap game. You know how, like, in politics, the Republicans are, in now; well, I represent that style; I'm the new *****. I'ma shake up the whole Congress. By puttin' out a double album-that nobody ever did-I had the most expensive album on the charts. My album cost more than any album you could buy on the charts, and I outsold every one of them mutha****as. And I did it in two months!

    I'm not dissin' *****s blindly. I'm dissin' *****s that opened up they mouth. I aspire not to be a reactionary mutha****a. I read. That's all I do is read. I read books, I read magazines, I read y'all's ****. I listen to everything a muthafacka says, no matter how slight, no matter how long ago he said it. Like, when I was in jail, *****s had a lot to say. When I came home, *****s had a lot to say. I remembered all of it.

    Are you motivated by revenge?
    Now, it's for fun. This new Makaveli album I got comin' out, I'm takin' on *****s. It's like, my dopest album ever. It's twelve tracks. I talk about my shooting [in New York]. I say the names of the *****s that shot me, the names of the *****s that set me up.... Everything I couldn't say, I said it in a rap. I also dis Dre, I dis Mobb Deep. All them *****s: Jay-Z, Puffy, Biggie. My album cover is me on the cross being crucified, and the cross is the map. It's got New York, Harlem, Brooklyn, everything. And I'm on the cross bein' crucified for keepin' it real.

    So is it true you got Dre pushed off Death Row?

    I did. Suge is the boss of Death Row, the don, you understand? But I'm the underboss, the capo. That's my job, to do what's best for all of Death Row. My decision wasn't based on comin' to Death Row and taking **** over. My decision was based on Dre not being there for Snoop during his trial.

    But also, other *****s was producing beats, and Dre was gettin, the credit. And I got tired of that. He was owning the company too and he chillin' in his house; I'm out here in the streets, whoopin' *****s' asses, startin' wars and ****, droppin' albums, doin' my ****, and this ***** takin' three years to do one song! I couldn't have that. But it was not my decision. Suge was comin' to me.

    Death Row can never be weak, no matter what. If we stop sellin' millions and all that, we will always have our honor. We will always have our respect, and that's all I'm back in this rap game for. I already have famous records; I'm in this **** for the honor and respect. To be a family, to be known as something, to get this dark cloud off us as a race. We need some kind of sunshine, some kind of exceptional being so we can stop suckin' Malcolm X and Michael Jordan's ****.

    Do you and Suge both feel the same way about taking over, not turning back, and not being pawns?
    Nobody respects a man who don't do for himself. I'm a soldier; so I'm here on Death Row to put my time into this army. It's not like they got me out of jail and now I gotta do for them. It's that they believed in me, so I believe in this company when no one else will. When people said this was played out. I'm breathin' into it. I don't give a **** if I don't get along with anybody else on the label. This is for Death Row. When it comes to the point when I feel it can stand on its own, I will move on. But me and Suge will always do business together, forever.

    Y'all are kindred spirits?
    Everything I don't have, he's got, and everything he don't got, I got. Together, I think we can only be stopped by each other. We want, not oppression, but total domination.

    I'm not no dumb-ass mutha****a. I don't bang for the color or the land. It's for the principles, for the honor. I'm banging for the Wesside. It's in my heart. When I be throwing up the W, it ain't for California, it's a W for war. When the West Coast and the middle and the East get together, we got power. You won't be seeing me throwing this when we're all together. But we ain't there, we still all separate tribes, and I know what tribe I'm in. I'm a soldier. I'll always be true to those who are true to me. New York shouldn't be trippin, they should be loving this, because they gave me the game to do this- What made me raw is that I got both. I'm the future of black America.

    Why do you think people always supported you, even in the ugliest situations?
    I don't know. All I can say is I always try to be a real ***** in my heart. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad; but it's still us. It's never to hurt nobody. I'm not gonna take advantage of you or bully you. I'm on some underdog ****. And I truly believe I've been blessed by God, and God walks with me. Me and my *****s are on some Black Jesus ****. Not a new religion or anything, but the saint for thugs and gangstas-not-killers and rapists, but thugs. When I say thugs, I mean *****s who don't have anything.

    I lived and almost died for Thug Life. And after that VIBE article, people said "Tupac, I thought Thug Life was dead." Yeah, but read the rest of the article. Puffy, in that letter in VIBE, gave me some advice that brought me back to the Thug Life ****. He said you can't be a thug for a second or a minute and get in and out of it, you gotta be in it forever. He didn't mean it as advice at the time, he said it to dampen things. So now, when I'm whoopin' his ' mutha****in ass, and it hurts, and all these people talkin' about "Stop, now," remember what he told me. These words came out of his mouth.
    FREEDOM IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE !
    Janis Joplin

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    (2/2)

    Biggie's playing it like you got it confused, that he didn't have nothin' to do with your, getting shot...
    I have no mercy in war. I said in the beginning I was gonna take these *****s out the game, and sure enough I will. Already people can't look at Biggie and not laugh. I took every piece of his power. Anybody who tries to help them, I will destroy. Anyone who wanna side with them or do a record with them, whatever, try to unify with them, I'ma destroy. I swear to God. Can't nobody touch me right now. Maybe next month all of this will be over, but this month I'm takin' every moving target out.

    Black people put all their political energies, everything they have, into getting loot. Like right now, it's the presidential campaign.

    And we ain't doin' ****.

    We're voting on Tupac and Biggie, 'cause that's where we live. no's gonna get dead presidents, not who's going to be president.

    But see, rap is like a politician's race; If I lost New York, I won the other forty-nine states, and that makes me in control. Now I'm the new president for the next four years. Crucial Conflict could go five times platinum, but nobody's gon' let them sign no bills. They can't make no hip hop laws.

    So what is the source of this power?
    I tried to see if it was, like, a white thing. Everywhere I go with money, they let me in. Everywhere I go with none, they don't let you in. Trust me. That's all it is. It's all about money. When you got money, you got power. I guarantee if people keep supporting me-just buyin' my record, just goin' to my concerts-I'ma keep givin' money. Every time I go platinum I'm puttin' money up for community centers. Every time I go platinum, somebody's gettin' a big check. I feel like an elected official.

    You know what I thought when I was in jail, I was, like, No politician is even gettin' at us. I represent five million ****in' sales. And no politician is even checkin' for us. But by the next election I promise I'll be sitting across from all the candidates. I promise you! I'ma be so far from where I am now in four years-God willin' I'm alive-it's on! I guarantee we will have our own political party. It won't just be for blacks. It's gon' be for Mexicans, for Armenians, all you lost-tribe muthafackas. We need to have our own political party 'cause we have the same mutha****in' problems. We built this nation and we get none of the benefits.

    What distinguishes you from everyone else?

    I never thought I was the best rapper-the best nothin'. I think I'm the realest ***** out there. I do think that. I think I own that. 'Cause I think being real is just being true. I'm the ***** that will wear a suit when everybody's got on khakis. I'll be baldheaded when everybody's wearing braids. I'll wear braids when they all baldheaded. I'm just being real. I don't have insecurities-well, I do, but I just put them in front of everybody, like my mom and my life and me being little.

    We got to kill this ******itis. *****s hate me just 'cause of what you doin', *****s plotting on you 'cause of omen, and *****s hatin' to see you shine. We got to kill that. Before we can kill it in our black nation, we got to kill it in the Hip Hop Nation, and that's what I'm doin'. It's the only reason I'm back: to bring the heat. And I feel like God is tellin' me to do it. I feel like Black Jesus is controlling me. He's our saint that we pray to; that we look up to. Drug dealers, they sinning, right? But they'll be millionaires. How I got shot five times only a saint, only Black Jesus, only a ***** that know where I'm coming from, could be, like, "You know what? He's gonna end up doing some good." I gotta do that.

    People might be, like, "This *****'s conceited, but **** it. I feel like I shine. And I don't give a **** how much white people, the media, *****s, black people, playa haters, police, whoever, try to darken my shine, I'ma always shine through. They could lie about my words, but they always gonna ring true 'cause it's my essence; it's in my essence, and that's what's always gonna come through
    FREEDOM IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE !
    Janis Joplin

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    • #3
      good read....
      thanks....
      Back for the first time, the joke's on you.....

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      • #4
        blablabla....YEah me made hella good music but thats about it.....Cant stand his arrogance
        Now, my oral demonstration be like clitoral stimulation
        to the female gender, ain't nothin better
        Let me know when it's wet enough to enter

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        • #5
          ^ I agree with u in that point ... he was damn arrogant, but that was also part of his image ...
          FREEDOM IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE !
          Janis Joplin

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          • #6
            confidence not arrogance.
            Thinkin sinners are winners and I'ma finish last
            My pen and pad record my life as each minute pass
            Passin minutes, I shook sin and shook drugs
            I did right by you but still you took Bugz

            This Dick>

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            • #7
              ^^^yea Tupac was mad arrogant. good read though. thanks

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              • #8
                Thats what I hate about famous mc's the most...all those shit aboutHow good they are and how they gonna fucke the game uyp and how real they are blabla........

                I mean its the same with NAS..God's son blabla..Thats one big of a arrogant fuck

                Dude u aint jesus

                Stupid
                Now, my oral demonstration be like clitoral stimulation
                to the female gender, ain't nothin better
                Let me know when it's wet enough to enter

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                • #9
                  intresting interview. thanks for posting.

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                  • #10
                    thanks for posting this a good read! He did love himself a bit didn't he, but fuck it, he was cool


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RapAplaN
                      Thats what I hate about famous mc's the most...all those shit aboutHow good they are and how they gonna fucke the game uyp and how real they are blabla........

                      I mean its the same with NAS..God's son blabla..Thats one big of a arrogant fuck

                      Dude u aint jesus

                      Stupid
                      jesus aint gods son either just another prophet
                      WON: 1
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                      • #12
                        He was only idiotically arrogant for that 9 months he was on Death Row. Before that, if you look at his interviews, it was none of that.

                        He was probably drugged up and drunk as hell, because he could hardly even articulate himself on that interview.
                        Originally posted by ethan20
                        There's a correlation between cervixal cancer in women and un-circumsized penises. Not to mention it almost cuts your bacteria count on the penis in half.
                        Originally posted by reservoirGod
                        Ethan sure does know alot about dicks

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kEgBeGgEr
                          He was only idiotically arrogant for that 9 months he was on Death Row. Before that, if you look at his interviews, it was none of that.

                          He was probably drugged up and drunk as hell, because he could hardly even articulate himself on that interview.

                          Kinda true, he started drastically contracdicting himself too, we all do but he was telling ice-t hes a memeber of the bloods and in this interview saying how hes not sum dumbass banging for the colour or land.
                          Thinkin sinners are winners and I'ma finish last
                          My pen and pad record my life as each minute pass
                          Passin minutes, I shook sin and shook drugs
                          I did right by you but still you took Bugz

                          This Dick>

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HoOdEd_pRiNcE
                            jesus aint gods son either just another prophet

                            Lol lets not discuuss about that
                            Now, my oral demonstration be like clitoral stimulation
                            to the female gender, ain't nothin better
                            Let me know when it's wet enough to enter

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