Tupac Shakur passed away in 1996, but he will always be remembered as one of the most significant and well-liked rappers to have ever graced the hip-hop industry. The California Love rapper once had a chance to work with Michael Jackson, but he refused to work with him when MJ failed to show up for the recording session.
During a recent interview with Cam Capone News, Napoleon of the Outlawz spoke about a time when Tupac turned down a chance to do a song with Michael Jackson and the collaboration never happened. “‘Pac mentioned one time he was called to the studio to do a song for Michael Jackson, to lay a verse,” he said. He went on to explain what happened that day.
“He told his mother, his family, he was excited. He went to the studio and he’s like, ‘Where’s Michael Jackson?’
They said, ‘Oh he can’t come. They want you to lay the verse.’ He got up and left. And that’s Michael Jackson. He wasn’t man enough to come say hi to me and speak to me? I don’t want to get on his song.’”
Napoleon continued by saying that Tupac had a purpose for canceling the studio sessions. He went on to say that Shakur just walked out on the chance to work with Jackson after that.
“He walked out on the opportunity because he was more about ethics and morals. Like we look up to you. ‘If you want me to be on the song, at least say hi to me.’ I don’t think ‘Pac was just doing stuff for money.”
“It was more personal if he get on a record with you and stuff like that. He didn’t really care about the money.”
In BET’s oral history of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory which was published last month, Quincy “QD3” Jones III, the producer of “To Live & Die in L.A.,” said 2Pac’s team tried to get Michael Jackson on the track “Thug Nature,” which was initially meant for the album.
Jones, however, stated that Jackson turned down the offer because of his loyalty to ‘Pac’s adversary, The Notorious B.I.G., with whom he collaborated for “This Time Around” in 1995. However, Danny Boy, a former Death Row Records artist, denied those statements in an interview with The Art of Dialogue.
You can check out the full interview below and make the judgement for yourself. Sadly, neither Michael Jackson nor Tupac Shakur are around to tell their side of the story.
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