Tupac Shakur will forever be remembered as one of the most influential and popular rappers to have graced the hip-hop world. Even after almost 26 years since his tragic death, Tupac remains an icon for several generations and is still well-loved. Warren G recently recounted a time when he turned down a partnership with 2Pac after a situation where Suge Knight’s henchmen stole his chain.
The Long Beach rapper and producer was questioned about his friendship with 2Pac while appearing on the most recent episode of Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson. He admitted that after the renowned rapper was freed from prison in late 1995 and joined Death Row Records, it became more difficult to connect with him.
We didn’t get a chance to link up after he got out — actually, I seen him one time when he got out. We was in the House of Blues and he hugged me like, ‘Warren!’ We was huggin’ for a lil’ bit and then he hit me a few days after that and he was telling me let’s get in the studio, I’ma book some time.
Warren G turned down 2Pac’s offer after learning that he wanted them to record at Can-Am Recorders, the infamous Death Row Records home studio in Hollywood, which is now owned by MixedByAli of Top Dawg Entertainment. Warren claimed that he said to Pac, “I ain’t just ready to come out there.” The “Regulate” singer continued by saying that 2Pac was ignorant of the fact that he had previously been jumped at the same studio.
According to Warren G, Suge Knight asked to speak to him in the studio’s infamous “Red Room” while he was present, along with Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, and other others. As soon as Warren entered the room, another man entered with Suge Knight and began yelling at him about rumors he had heard, which Warren called “bullsh-t.”
In retrospect, Warren believes the argument was sparked by the fact that his step-brother Dr. Dre had abruptly left Death Row, which he was unaware of at the time. “I knew it was bullsh-t when the motherf-cka said something about some bitches saying I was trying to get at you. I don’t know why they was trippin’, but they was trippin’.”
Warren then got into a fight with some of Suge’s thugs, and one of them took his chain. He acknowledged that LBC Crew rapper “[Lil’] C-Style was the one who made the diversion for me to get up out of there” by saving him from receiving a beating. Check out the full interview below.
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