Busta Rhymes Recalls Tupac Accidentally Dissing A Tribe Called Quest

Busta Rhymes says that Tupac inadvertently dissed A Tribe Called Quest at The Source Awards.

While The Source Awards may have gained infamy for its role in the beef between Death Row and Bad Boy Records, an incident at the 1994 ceremonies nearly led to a feud between two different crews from opposite coasts. In a recent interview with This Is 50's Young Jack Thriller, Busta Rhymes recalls how Tupac Shakur accidentally insulted the members of A Tribe Called Quest.

Bussa Bus revealed that Tupac accidentally cut off Tribe's acceptance speech for the Best Hip Hop Group of the Year at the '94 Source Awards when he jumped the gun on his performance. The members of Tribe were initially ready to go to war with the Oakland rapper over the perceived slight, but tempers quickly cooled after Pac explained the misunderstanding to Busta. He added that Pac and Tribe had been attempting to coordinate a televised meeting on BET following the incident, but were unable. 

"There was a time before The Source Awards were actually on TV, I was filming Higher Learning, we were staying in Oakwood Apartments in West Hollywood…[2Pac] was living in there, too," he recalled. "The Source Awards happened - I think it was at the Paramount Theater…and Pac was on that award show [performing]. Tribe had got the award for Best Hip Hop Group of the Year. I don't know if Pac's people at the time knew that Tribe was still getting their award and still doing their acceptance speech, but they pressed play while they were doing their acceptance speech, so it looked like he went out there and started performing on some, 'Fuck the award' shit, 'I'm just gonna do my shit on top of them niggas'…so it looked crazy from the front…it looked like a crazy disrespect to Tribe."

He continued, "The beef started immediately and fortunately, it didn't get to no physical shit, but I don't know if too many people knew about this at the time when it went down or even after, but it was a big misunderstanding…me and Pac had a conversation about that, and Pac made it clear to me that he didn't mean to do that, that it wasn't his fault and he didn't understand why or how it happened that way…Pac was actually trying to see how we could coordinate getting a public truce going on BET…I was actually trying to coordinate that and I was communicating to [Q-Tip] via Pac, Pac via Tip - the vibe was amazing. Everybody was like, 'Yo, no doubt, no problem'…it just didn't happen because of circumstances, obviously, and Pac passed before we got that to happen."

Check out the full interview below.

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88 Comments

  • ETK

    Damn. Look at how far a nigga goes just to get some street cred. How you think you fooling Busta? Pac was never your friend.

  • dbadsg

    The dudes a little below saying Big pun isnt top 20 and that pun was just a brief moment never ever fucking comment on rap music again jesus christ....

  • Anonymous

    still laughing at the thought of tribe called quest going to "war" with anybody haha. can you imagine a q-tip diss track? shit got me crackin up over here.

  • HIP HOP GURU

    PAC THE REALEST FUCK WHAT A TEENAGER TRY AND SAY, THEY AINT LEARNED SHIT YET

  • Makaveli

    "all u old rappers try a advance it's all over now take it like a man Looking like Larry Holmes,flabby and sick Try a playa hate on my shit now eat a fat dick" Na tupac wasn't trying to disrespect them at all busta ya lying bastard

  • truth

    2pac is nice but overrated

  • gghh

    Why is this news? Haven't you got anything better Dx?

  • tupac was NOT the greatest

    tupac was over hyped as fuck if he was alive now he wouldnt get near the amount of fans granted he would still have a substantial fan base but he would be in the same leauge as nas or dmx and would probably be washed up by now fuck the fan boys lyrically he was nothing and his shit sounds pretty much all the same

    • Anonymous

      thanks for stating something that literally applies to every deceased artist in any genre.

    • fucktheselilnewagehiphopbabys

      You dont know what your talking about, go listen to your new school corperation designed garbage.. dont speak on pac' If pac was alive more than half the shit out now wouldnt be on radio or on tv...

  • BENG

    I agree Nas and pac are poet rappers and so much "spitters" but Pac is not the best lyically. Nas, big, pun, big l, crooked i, em, tech 9, and a handful of others DEFINITELY beat him in that category. Hes top 10, not 1 man..And Em and Nas and extremely versatile...em can go from without me/my name is to mockingbird/when im gone...or kim to hailes song, white america to not afraid back to something like white trash party or still dont give a fuck. Same with nas

  • Almar

    "Holla My Name, I reappear like a Genie, knowing no man alive can see me" -2Pac

  • 2pac and Nas were best

    Dam i didn't even mention how 2pac after he died came out with like 8 more albums. he died in 1996 and he put out an album almost every year after he died until 2004. And put out more albums after that. 2pac had songs and albums for days. 2 pac was the greatest and its a shame lames online trying to bring the goat down. I guarantee your favorite rapper got his whole swag from pac. Guarantee it.

  • 2pac and Nas were best

    Sure Biggie and Jayz make good commercial party songs. Both of them are better then Nas in that catergory.(barely) But 2pac is the most well rounded hip hop artist i ever heard. He made better party songs then Big and Jayz. 2pac hit you with some "i get around" shit then later on hit you with some "keep your head up" shit. 2pac is the reason why most these Rappers rhyme the way they do. No exaggeration, but at least 80% of these rappers(past and present) has taken 2pac style. Lyrically 2pac spit the most heart felt shit ever. Some niggas like clever punchlines(or corny ones) 2pac and Nas aren't punchline rappers. They spit complete verses. They spit real life shit that you feel. Thats the kind of shit I like. So that makes 2pac one of the best lyrics ever in my opinion.

  • 2pac and Nas were best

    To family who said 2Pac was nothing special lyrically about Pac. Im guessing you are some white boy with a silver spoon(white rugged kids related) or somebody who isnt in touch with that real shit. Tupac like Nas spit that heart felt shit. They aren't corny punchline rappers like Jayz and Biggie.(not saying Jay and Big were corny but punchlines could be corny sometimes) Nas and Pac spit metaphors with stories behind their work. More importantly Pac(and Nas) spit shit with substance and a meaning behind their shit. So if you are into corny punchlines and shit like that, you will feel like Pac wasn't nothing special lyrically. But if you pay attention and listen to his verses you will realize Pac(like Nas) is a poet and they spit poetry to the beats. I don't feel like Jayz or Big were poetic like Nas and Pac. Its not even close.

    • thank u

      Thank you, all these new lil children have no concept of how important pac was and what he would have done if the powers that be didnt have him killed... I see kids on here say TEch Nine is lyrical, man that mutha fuckas is corny and a straight gimmick and his lyrics dont mean shit, I see lil kids on here praising nas, nas is a beast but he didnt want no part of Pac, he knew he was the god... Jay Z would trolling around new york like the rest of the 90s rappers looking for work if Pac wasnt killed. MTv hand picked the biggest sell out and it way Jigga, he was ready to do what ever he was told to do to get that number 1 spot, wheres TUPAC was gonna use that number 1 spot to make shit happen for the average person in the street

  • anon:

    pac was and is still nothing special lyrically especially..Suge knight got him huuuge his first few albums before death row went what gold, plat, plat? Which is good but once he was with DR this nigga went diamond and multi plat. He was special because he brought his subject matter to the masses...Rakim, public enemy, krs 1, and others were rappin about the same shit at the time AND before him.. because hes dead ppl cant let it go cuz its tragic... Nas, tech 9, immortal tech, eminem, lupe, and 90% of the underground would absolutely murder this biig mouth on a track lol just dont want to strip the tragically dead guys credit move the fuck on!!..

  • anon:

    pac was and is still nothing special lyrically especially..Suge knight got him huuuge his first few albums before death row went what gold, plat, plat? Which is good but once he was with DR this nigga went diamond and multi plat. He was special because he brought his subject matter to the masses...Rakim, public enemy, krs 1, and others were rappin about the same shit at the time AND before him.. because hes dead ppl cant let it go cuz its tragic... Nas, tech 9, immortal tech, eminem, lupe, and 90% of the underground would absolutely murder this big mouth on a track lol just dont want to strip the tragically dead guys credit move the fuck on..

  • anon:

    pac was and is still nothing special lyrically especially..Suge knight got him huuuge his first few albums before death row went what gold, plat, plat? Which is good but once he was with DR this nigga went diamond and multi plat. He was special because he brought his subject matter to the masses...Rakim, public enemy, krs 1, and others were rappin about the same shit at the time AND before him.. because hes dead ppl cant let it go cuz its tragic... Nas, tech 9, immortal tech, eminem, lupe, and 90% of the underground would absolutely murder this big mouth on a track lol just dont want to strip the tragically dead guys credit move the fuck on.

  • anon:

    pac was and is still nothing special lyrically especially..Suge knight got him huuuge his first few albums before death row went what gold, plat, plat? Which is good but once he was with DR this nigga went diamond and multi plat. He was special because he brought his subject matter to the masses...Rakim, public enemy, krs 1, and others were rappin about the same shit at the time AND before him.. because hes dead ppl cant let it go cuz its tragic... Nas, tech 9, immortal tech, eminem, lupe, and 90% of the underground would absolutely murder this big mouth on a track lol just dont want to strip the tragically dead guys credit move the fuck on

    • LIL KIDS dont know hip hop

      when u say tech nine is lyrical u lose credibility... sorry, hes a gimmick. Heiroglyphics, Talib Kweli are lyrical... shit Saul Williams is lyrical, tech nine joke. DONT SPEAK ON PAC YOUNG ONE

  • Steve

    Who is Busta bullshitting? Didnt he hear NY 87 by DPG featuring Pac? That song disses ATCQ again.

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule knows who killed Pac and he's willing to tell you if you get him out of prison early.

  • Anonymous

    "The members of Tribe were initially ready to go to war with the Oakland rapper" Go to war? lol Nah

  • rn506

    I've never heard Pac mention this guys name, back when Pac was on his shit..Busta looked like he was str8 out of cool runnings!!

  • chakkarabani

    Would be so cool if you have rap on the background in your songs... "Check out Obama's New Anthem, Here [Link]," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgHnqcq4eS0

  • Fuck Busta Rhymes & His Family

    That's a lie. This neega is just trying to get some publicity stunt by faking a friendship with Pac. They were never friends.

  • 805'r

    Guess Busta never heard of NY87. I think it was more towards Q tip. Justin Bieber better then 2pac? Are you fucking kidding me? Yebo, I dont know how old you are but there is tons of his music that is better then anyone you just mentioned. There is a think called substance in music that missing today. I go so much unreleased 2pac that yes some of it is just music made just to make it and not very good. But you cant say 2pac was over rated. His music was real, raw and THE SHIT.

    • Anonymous

      Pac was overrated!!!!! 10.000 songs of him have the same subjects like: thug in jail, smoking weed and drinking henessy, thug nikka, thug bitch, thug in heaven, thug in the streets.

  • Anonymous

    I just wanna hear Ja's views on 9/11

  • YEBO

    NAS, LUPE FIASCO, LIL WAYNE, 2 CHAINZ, BIG K.R.I.T., SOULJA BOY, WAKA FLOCKA FLAME, JUSTIN BIEBER, GUCCI MANE > 2PAC DUDE IS SO OVERRATED, IF HE WAS ALIVE, HE WOULD HAVE THE SAME GARBAGE "LEGEND" STATUS AS DMX, BUSTA RHYMES OR LL COOL J HAS. EVEN A TRIBE CALLED QUEST ARE BETTER THAN 2PAC. THIS GUY WAS A FUCKING BALLERINA JOKE, I DON'T SEE THE POINT WHY FLOCKA TOOK HIS NAME TO TITLE HIS DEBUT ALBUM. WAKA FLOCKA'S WORST MIXTAPE SHITS ON WHOLE 2PAC CAREER.

    • STOP TROLLING

      PAC BETTER THAN UR WHOLE LIST, AND BY WHO U PUT IN THERE, UR OPINION OF HIP HOP IS INVALID.

    • Anonymous

      Anon above must be DUMB ASS HELL man. I mean, u wrote a fucken novel to reply to a troll? How sad are you bitch ass nigga?

    • Anonymous

      You're an idiot. What's "garbage" about their legend status? Listen to their songs back in the 1990s and look at them now. Educate yourself on Hip-Hop and go listen to songs like Thug Mansion, Smile, Keep Ya Head Up, Ruff Ryder's Anthem, 4 3 2 1, Party Up, We Right Here, What's my Name, Touch it, Flava' in Ya Ear, Woo Hah!!!, Ante Up, and What's Happenin'. These guys have bigger fan bases then anyone you just named except maybe Nas which have stayed with them from 90s. They also have substance to their rhymes like someone else said. They don't just talk about getting drunk and high and fucking girls, although they do at times they have more topics they rap about. They talk about their everyday lives and their struggles as well as world issues. Listen to Tupac's songs Changes if you disagree. Also, Bieber's not a rapper so stop being dumb. Nas and Big K.R.I.T. are the only good rappers you named and they both got respect for hip hops past. Nas cause hes from the 90s and Big K.R.I.T. showed it on his song Somedayz where he used Soul of Mischief's beat (93 Till Infinity). The rest of those guys just have average rhymes. There's no word play or anything just rhyming the last words of their sentences. Their instrumentals are usually pretty basic with a beats that are slow and easy to follow which is why they always sound so monotone and as if they were just talking in regular sentences. Although rapping is just talking in sentences if you can't flow to a beat it sounds bad. These guys can't so they have to dumb down the beats for them to be able to follow them which dramatically reduces the quality of the music. Even their more "complex" beats still have simple, slow, and easy to follow beats. That's the difference. Its not always about who gets played on the radio. Find the right station and these legends are still being played all day and not just the same couple songs that is popular at the time. You rarely hear the same song played again. Again go do you research and listen to some real hip hop

    • DEEEEBO

      NIGGA DONT FORGET GAME WAS A STRIPPER AND WAKA FLOCKA WAS A WALMART CART PUSHA

  • so icy boi!

    young money is gay as fuck swag.

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule kills niggaz careers, just like he killed 50's

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule should fuck busta rhymes up

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule is our messiah

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule is actually a reincarnation of 2pac

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule and 2Pac is where it's at

  • Anonymous

    Ja RUle is the best nigga in the world, epitome of REALNESS

  • ReginaldCanon

    yo want hiphop check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqGEujZtxoQ&feature=plcp follow me on twitter @mr_reginald_

  • Anonymous

    "Never die. I live eternal. Who shall I fear? Don't shed a tear for my nigga I ain't happy here." - Makaveli

  • mortis

    about to take massive coffee shit

  • That Hob in the Snowglobe fucking your moms earlobe

    lol if you look a couple comments back you can see where Ja Rule started trying to promote himself as an annonymous on a dull webite

  • Anonymous

    crazy how time flies. can't believe it's been 16 fuckin' years. crazy how 2pac songs that are almost 20 years old are still better than all the garbage that's come and gone since

  • Ricky Rozay

    most of these rappers aint real niggas. Word, Nas bankrupt never was a drug runner, Lil Wayne aint no blood, Jeezy aint no BMF, 50 a snitch, Game a stripper, 2pac was gay. None of these niggas real you guys. If they was all real they all be dead now. Like it or not Ross is the new biggie. BAWSE!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    rick ros c.o 2pac ballet dancer plies registered nurse you see where this is going?

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P. Makaveli The Don

  • Anonymous

    2pac and Ja Rule are blood brothers

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule and 2pac, those niggaz

  • Anonymous

    Fuck these niggaz, tho, don't fuck Pac, he's that NIGGA along with JA Rule

  • Hey "Please"

    Hey Please, you're right. Do you think Wale is in the middle of the same situation right now, with Rick Ross and MMG? He's making great music still, but with a much harder edge. Plus, you can see he's all coked up in all these interviews, trying to keep up with Rozay's work ethic.

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule could fuck busta rhymes up

  • Anonymous

    Man fuck all these niggaz, Ja Rule is where it's at.

  • Anonymous

    fuck 2pac. fo real.

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  • Just Being Honest

    This is about as relevant to today as Busta Rhymes career is.

    • Thta Hobo in a snowglobe fucking your mothers earlobe

      I know where you live and your soo fucking dead you waste of life future knapsack after I hollow you inners out with myt blade you stupid waste of a brain but don;'t worry that's coming out to you dead peice of canible bait

  • Please

    Pac always acted like hip hop was a fucking gang fight or something always running his mouth well look what happened..

    • -

      hipop back in those days was like that.. it was rough there were brawls at the source awards not like nowadays with this twitter tweef talk hipster tight pant wearing pink shameful shit excuse for rap we got

    • -

      only after he got shot. after that he was paranoid (or right depends how u look at it) that everyone was out to get him and against him.. that's why he was all fuck the world and then when he went to jail and nobody came through with bail money but suge and he came out and started rolling with death row and so he had to come hard as fuck

    • Anonymous

      pretty sure this article completely 100% says teh exact opposite of what you just said. Thank you for opening your mouth and proving you dont know shit about shit.

    • Anonymous

      Go eat your mother's cock

    • Anonymous

      actually Pac did not always act like that. Pac only started acting like that once he signed up with Death Row. If you do your research before death row, youll see a completely different pac

    • kjsaf

      dude, obviously you have no clue at the time the media presented pac as a lose cannon but that wasnt the case they manage to air out all the bs just sit down watch the video and enjoy it

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