Marlon Wayans On Tupac: "He Wasn't Real Gangster, But He Acted Gangster"

posted Saturday April 12 ,2014 at 05:00PM CDT | 178 comments

Marlon Wayans On Tupac:

"I think he would have matured at this point to be the leader that I think this generation could use in a lot of ways," Marlon Wayans says of Tupac.

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 film Above The Rim, Marlon Wayans shared stories about seeing both The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur less than an hour before each was shot and killed. Appearing on ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie series hosted by Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, Wayans explained working alongside Tupac in the Jeff Pollack directed movie.

“Me and Pac had a great relationship,” Wayans said. “You know what was great about Pac? Everybody think he was this thug, this gangster. First of all, he was a performance high school kid. Pac was very smart and he was very silly. He was a clown. He wasn’t real gangster but he acted gangster. He was a method actor, so he went a little too far. He was like, ‘Oh, I’ll shoot you!’ Pow! He’d really shoot you. He’d overcommit. I could tell he wasn’t a gangster because he had the softest hands. No gangster has hands [like that], I call him a Palmolive thug. He’d be like, ‘Come here, you want some of this,’ and then he’d give you this gentle hand. It was soft. Then he had these long eyelashes looking like [Mr.] Snuffleupagus, just like, ‘You don’t want none of this. I’m thug!’

Asked what he thinks Tupac might have gone on to accomplish had his life not been cut short, Wayans explained feeling like the rapper was at a turning-point in his life and career around the time of his murder.

“I think he would have matured at this point to be the leader that I think this generation could use in a lot of ways because he was that,” Wayans said, apparently touching on the emcee’s gangster image. “I think Pac was about to come to his come-to-Jesus moment where he actually became the philanthropist and the teacher that he honestly could have and should have been. He was an amazing dude. He was a well-rounded dude. He’s missed. And he was silly. We had a lot of fun. We laughed a lot.”

Marlon Wayans Describes Spending Time With Tupac & Biggie On The Night Of Their Respective Deaths

Near the end of his appearance, Wayans went on to share a story about seeing both Biggie and Tupac separately on the night of their respective deaths.

“I saw Biggie and Pac perform together,” Wayans said. “But before that. Okay, so Pac, the night he died, I saw him. Me and Omar Epps who I went to school with...I was with them. I was with my best friends. So we saw 'Pac standing outside of the Luxor. So we went on over to say what’s up and Suge [Knight] was there. Omar was like, ‘Yo I’m gonna go say what’s up.’ I was like, ‘Hey Pac!’ from far away. I was like, ‘Mmhmm.’ He had all these thugs with him. So we went over, shook his hand, said, ‘What’s up,’ gave him love. We got in a cab, went off. Pac looked at us, and then he went in the car that he wound up getting shot.

“Biggie, I saw at the museum at that party,” he continued. “I went to that party. I saw him 20 minutes before. He goes, ‘Yo, I love your family. I love what ya’ll do man. Yo, you heard the shoutout I gave you in the song?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah!’ So, I got to meet him, 20 minutes later, he got shot.

“If you see this shot, there’s a famous shot of Tupac and Biggie," he added. "It’s on Vibe magazine. In the corner—it’s at club Glam Slam downtown L.A.—I’m in the corner just twisting my hair looking at both of them. It was crazy because I saw both of them right before they got shot.”  



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  • Sensaye Sixkiller
    Pac isn't revered because he was a 'gangster' or because even because he was a great MC. Pac is admired for his passion, honesty, and his courage to fight back. He fought for truth and honor, and he sincerely loved people, you could tell. Even other great MCs like Nas, Biggie, and Jay-Z seemed small next to Pac, because he had the heart of a giant, and wasn't afraid to be human. "Couldn't quit, the bullshit made me represent/ hit the bar and played the star everywhere I want/ but in my heart I felt alone out here on my own/ I close my eyes and picture home". - Pac -
  • Mew
    In the words of Pac "Let me say for the record, I am not a gangster and never have been. I'm not the thief who grabs your purse. I'm not the guy who jacks your car. I'm not down with the people who steal and hurt others. I'm just a brother who fights back." - Tupac
    • Young Guwop
      Reel shit!!! Marlon Wayans saying something that many already have known for yrs.
  • Mew
    Pac never claimed to be a gangster, so this is news?
    • JoeG
      You must've have never listened to Pac. Ever.
    • Anonymous
      "Let me say for the record, I am not a gangster and never have been. I'm not the thief who grabs your purse. I'm not the guy who jacks your car. I'm not down with the people who steal and hurt others. I'm just a brother who fights back." - Tupac
  • Anonymous
    Look pac my fav rapper but yall dont have to be sensitive to what others say about pac, its their opinion, everyone is entitled to one. I dont care who it is if shit is funny im laughin. yall need to use less emotion and embrace ur sense of humor.
  • 2pacForever
    2PAC is and always will be the greatest rapper of all time by far Lyrical Content - 2PAC beats any other rapper, his music was so meaningful, the themes of most of Tupac's songs are the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, other social problems - PAC WINS Voice - 2PAC had the greatest voice is rap, it was perfect, he can be angry and agressive in Hit Em Up and Changes, then soft in Dear Mama. MTV voted him 09 of the best voices in music ever, michael jackson was 10th - PAC was ahead of every other rapper Lyrical Skill - Yeah pac didnt have the greatest metaphors, it's easy to have skillful lyrics when your rapping about cars, sex, money, sex , cars, PAC told stories and rapped about real important topics, and he didnt try to have skillful lyrics, also the greatest rapper for lyrical skill is Nas. and 2pac beats him on every other catogary Greatest Lyricist - Pac haands down, other than his lyrics having great meaning, PAC made 400 songs in one year, he writ and recorded the songs in The Don Kiluminati in 7 days, people will great metaphors in there lyrics take YEARS TO MAKE THEIR 'CLASSIC' Albums fukin idiots Greatest Person - PAC
    • Anonymous
      .... how old are you...
    • JoeG821
      get off Pac's sack
  • Anonymous
    The fuck does Damon's untalented brother knows about thugs?
    • Anonymous
      what does 2pac really know about thugs????
    • Anonymous
      he used to roll around with rollin 40 crips in la before he got with death row n then he rolled around with mob pirus in compton so he knew thugs
    • Anonymous
      But I'm talking about Damon's untalented brother, not Pac, so both the arguments above are irrelevant.
  • Anonymous
    arrest this man
    • BOY
      The Last Nail to Tupac's coffin. He has a sextape out. Which is SHOCKING. In it he is seen receiving ORAL SEX from a girl but thats NOT the shocking part. In the room other men are seen to be watching him get oral and they seem to be ENJOYING the show. Not only that but another man is seen to be caressing Pac's back while he receives ORAL SEX. SUSPECT BEHAVIOR!!! Tupac was a HOMO-THUG! And with that said I hope Pac is burning in hell along with all the other gayboy faggots burning there too. Long Live Weezy!
  • DVSB
    He wasn't bangin but he wasn't no punk neither. He many of ya'll would jump out your car when they see a black dude being hemmed up and get in a shootout? He shot two off duty Atlanta police officers for someone he didn't even know!!! Beat the case cuz those officers had guns from a previous case on them. Ya'll dumb ass dudes need to zip yo lips for someone else does it for you.
    • Anonymous
      just like your hero, you speak with emotion lmfao. Pac stans catch feelings, they wanna be hard cause they listen to Pac, but show how bytch made they really are when you speak the truth on the studio gangsta, defending their hero's honor, when even Pac would tell you creepy obsessive dikkriders to get off his dikk. the nikka lied about Biggie setting him, a FACT you assholes have to live with (can't say the same for pac LOL get mad fakkits) I guess the truth hurts that your hero wasn't as hard as he pretended to be. nikkas get mad over a nikka who didn't know they exist (Ya'll nikkas is gay) lmao tell me what are you going to do about it? that's what I thought, kick rocks (get some from his crackhead mother), nikka.
  • Clay Aiken
    Richard Simmons wasn't real homo, but he acted homo.
    • Anonymous
      Bullshitt.
    • Jim Kelly On Enter The Dragon
      BULLSHIT, MR. HAN MAN!!!
  • tupac stans mad?
    tupac clearly claimed he was a thug and he would kill. Listen to hit em up its proof tupac acted all hard when he was not about that life. Tupac was a product of the media propeganda which ended up getting him killed. This guy sent death threats to the whole east coast and some of you fuck niggas have the nerve of saying tupac never claimed to be gangster???. lol tupac was fake just like the rest of these rappers theres very vey real rappers.
    • Anonymous
      Anyone that uses the term 'stan' automatically loses all credibility.
    • Anonymous
      You're quick to judge. Lots of east coast cats were in the same building at the same time when he got shot up. And what? You expect him to not be mad like he was?
    • yallsomeclowns
      thats why pac got killed? since when has their been any evidence of proof that he actually died? name something outside of your government ran media bullshit
  • HHFAN
    2Pac's Deathrow shit was wack. I got 2pacalypse now from my neighbor in Atlanta that owned the Gold Club in Atlanta when I was a kid. He was real and talking about real shit for his first three albums. Then he got on Death Row and started his West Side thug gimmick. Pac wasn't dressing in Versace and that shit until Big did it. Before that it was all Karl Kani jean suits and T's. Plus his Deathrow shit was all repetitive Thug Life shit. No more Keep Ya Head Up, Dear Mama or all that other great shit he wrote.
    • anon
      yap! Strictly 4 my NIGGAZ is my fav Tupac album. talking about real shit and trying uplift black folks. Then BOOM, this cat gets robbed, goes to jail, signs with DRow....does a 360 and is this killa thug nigga. RIP. Unfortunately we still got plastic rappers straight faking the funk but some of u niggas buying it. O well, I can only control me. #suckafree #hiphopbaby
    • Anonymous
      Yeah, his first two albums were before the fame and the bullshit, very political releases. The third he was mad cuz ignorant people were accusing him of being a rapist. The fourth was post-prison, and his first record on the Death Row Records label, and the least genuine. "Life Goes On" is a gem no doubt though. Thing is though people labeled him a "gangster rapper" before he ever did that himself, and Suge might be responsible for that as he was a showman, and 2Pac owed him for bailing him out. Suge is sketch, I don't like that cat.
    • matt
      no its a known fact tupac was wearing vesace long before big.pac was cool with versace,theres a pic of pac with donatella vesace,they gave him clothes for free,coz they wanted him to wear thier clothes.
    • matt
      pac started the thug life thing in 94,way before he signed to death row.
  • Anonymous
    "White society puts labels on all Black males thats what Tupac taught us and we could give less than a fuck about what you label us because the fact remains that we are going to get this money, give back to our communities and open up revenue streams for young Black males to succeed and have careers and laugh in your pink face in the process." (^) they missed this one or else they would have reacted appropriately.
    • Anonymous
      give back to our communities? lmao cuz giving out turkeys on christmas n thanksgiving is how you save the hood...
  • Anonymous
    LOOOOOL, IT FUCKING AMAZES HOW MANY ENTERTAINERS ALWAYS SAY THEY "WERE" WITH TUPAC OR BIGGIE THE NIGHT THEY GOT KILLED. I MEAN THEY ALWAYS SAY "YEAH I WAS HANGING OUT WITH PAC" OR "BIG" THE NIGHT THEY GOT KILLED. EVERYBODY SAYING IT,YO FEEL ME ON THIS,THEY AINT SAYING THEY WERE IN THE SAME CLUB OR SAME AREA WITH PAC OR BIG, THEY ARE SAYING THEY WERE WITH THEY HANGING OUT,OR IN A PHONE CALL ETC...THIS IS SOME BULLS$%^T. EVER SINCE THEIR DEATHS CLOSE TO 100K HV GIVEN INTERVIEW SAYING THE SAME SHIT,BUT NONE OF THEM MENTION EACH OTHER. FAISON SAID HE WAS WITH PAC, THIS FOOL MARLON SAYING THE SAME SHIT BUT HE AINT MENTION FAISON BEING THERE. I MEAN, HOW DID FUCK DID TUPAC N BIGGIE BE WITH OVER 100K PEOPLE ONE-ON-ONE AT THE SAME TIME HUH? GUESS EVERYONE TRYNA SAY THERE WERE THE CLOSEST PERSON TO PAC OR BIG...LOOOL THIS FOOL NEEDS TO STFU. WE DONT BELIEVE ALL THIS STORIES MAN. THE NEAREST THIS GUY HAS BEEN TO TUPAC IS PROBABLY(WE AINT KNOW IF IT IS TRUE) IS THAT HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH EPPS. THAT IS.
  • Geert Wilders Is Gay
    you people are stupid 2Pac said clearly himself he WASNT a GANGSTER RAPPER, he clearly he was a POET and he wanted to be known as a POET. Stop acting like 2pac claimed all this.
  • Anonymous
    tupac was so fake. Only a few real niggas in rap and gucci is by far the leader of the real niggas
  • Anonymous
    Officer ricky put a real nigga behind bars#free trick