Dr. Dre Recalls Recording With Tupac Shakur

Dr. Dre reminisces on recording with Tupac Shakur before he passed.

Dr. Dre worked closely with Tupac Shakur during his lifetime, knocking out numerous classic records. During an interview with Ice-T for his documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, the West Coast veteran recalled hitting the studio with 'Pac, explaining that he would write his lyrics in the booth and lay down song after song.

"It was incredible. I remember being in the studio with Pac and he actually went into the mic booth to write, and I was like, OK, that's different. So I'm in the control room and he writes the lyrics, 'Aight, I'm ready!' He spits 'California Love,' one or two takes. Like, 'Aight, put the next thing up.' And he would just sit in the booth, like 'Put the next thing up!' I think that's why he has so many songs and so much material. He was incredible. A serious machine, a serious talent."

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127 Comments

  • Prick James

    Still down for that Death Row sound, searching for paydays No longer Dre Day, arrivederci. Lost and forgotten, rotten for plotting Child's Play Check your sexuality - as fruity as this Alize Quick to jump ship, punk trick, what a dumb move Cross Death Row, now who you gonna run to? Looking for suckers cuz you similar. Pretending to be hard oh my God, check yo temperature. Screaming "Compton!" But you can't return, you ain't heard? Brothers pissed cuz you switched and escaped to the burbs.

  • Anonymous

    You have almost a billion dollars now Dre. You don't have to lie.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if he recalls Pac shitting on him on his final album...

  • Tupac

    Check your sexuality - as fruity as this Alize Quick to jump ship, punk trick, what a dumb move Cross Death Row, now who you gonna run to?

  • GBtha G

    RIP Makaveli the GOAT. So when tha Supaproduca talks bout being with in the studio dat means 2 Rap greatest playaz 2getha. pay attention yall muthafuckaz.

  • Anonymous

    i recall you coming out of the closet..lol

  • djzzer0

    Who cares if 2pac was a ballet dancer. At least he admitted shit, doesnt make him gay. 2Pac was the realest and a hard worker.

  • Anonymous

    "tupac was just like the typical cool guy in the hood" You sound like his little brother lol

  • INiv8

    Sometimes I wish readers couldn't comment on articles so people could read them in peace. Most times I try not to scroll past the end of the article but now and again my guilty pleasure kicks in and I do. Thank ya'll for reminding me not to do so;) The truth is none of these entertainers are as great or horrible as we want them to be and everyone's entitled to their opinion. It's just funny how folks make comments like they actually witnessed what they post. Salute to any artist who sticks their neck out to create, makes a name for themselves and then is judged by a majority of people who have not....INiv8

  • Anonymous

    "had nothing to do with suge" It had everything to do with Suge lol He changed Pac into a gangsta, and he was the one banking all the money from those Death Row albums. Not Daz.

  • Swag

    Lil B is better than Pac now. Sorry but it's the truth.

  • dj nemesis

    idk how long it takes for biggie to take a shit,but according to biggie, he was chillin wit pac an went to the bathroom to take a dump an wen he came back pac had two songs written lmaoo

  • PHARO

    In christianity the messiah is Jesus.In hiphop the messiah is TUPAC!!PERIOD

  • hip hop

    2pac even said in a interview that dre would be sucking dick in the back of the studio

  • Anonymous

    2pac was a gay ballet dancer he had alot of female "friends" rosie perez was one of his best "friends"

    • Anonymous

      2PAC SAID IT I DIDNT

    • 80's and 90's kiing

      stop with the lies.....tupac was just like the typical cool guy in the hood, that could dance, hook up with the girls and still beat a dude down in the parking lot after the party. you were probably that square dude, that couldn't dance, stood on the wall, watched the girls and ran away from the fights in the parking lot.....well, you probably sat in the car and watched...lol

  • Anonymous

    2pac was a ballet dancer a back up dancer then he started to rap the deathrow 2pac was a image i didnt even fuck with his deathrow shit.

  • Deborah

    This proves to me how stupid most balck men are. The caliber of comments here is abysmally low. Some of you need to be put into a private school, or an institution, you are THAT retarded. As a black woman, I am ashamed. i bet none of you even know what the Harlem Renaissance was- a movement of educated and forward thinking black men and women! what has that and the Civil Rights Movement becoem now? A bunch of grammar ignorant retards who are homophobic, misogynist, racist and narrow-minded. Disgsuting.

    • FIRST OFF:

      First off you discredit yourself 100% by categorizing every commentator on this site a "black male" secondly, using the word retarded when trying to make a point is the most ignorant and uneducated term one can use. Thirdly, please fuck off Deborah

    • yolo

      "how stupid most black men are" you killed yourself after that line dont get mad because of what your father did or didnt do i know my father and the men in my family are well educated

  • Deborah

    RIP 2pac. But Dre, can you please explain why you have gone from being mates with 2pac, to being mates with Rick Ross?

    • 2 Pac 4Life

      Tupac never respected Dre and never wanted to be friends with him. He just respected his production skills. Remember his verse from California Love alluding to Dre's homosexuality? "Say what you say but give me that bomb beat from Dre" means that even though Dre is gay, I just want his beats.

    • yup

      Ross is not a great rapper or anything at all but he is a great GM who puts together great teams and has enough limited flow to be on the track. Plus his voice is good on track. Look at it for what its worth...dre puts out great music and makes money...thats the main objective.

    • Anonymous

      Deborah, Dre never was a friend of Pac. he said it himself in a interview. He just met pac a few times.

  • Dre Dre

    I remeber him in the studio with his shirt off. I was trying to make beats.. But I just started beating off.. thats how I came up with my Headphones Beatoff's by Dre..

  • TOSS IT UP

    Pac didnt like u and exposed u for a downlow brother..n ur snake ass wanted to make money off a hologram of him..keep buttfucking that pop artist eminem, gay dre

    • lol

      that hologram company just went bankrupt. we may not see any pac holograms again anytime soon

    • Deborah

      Leave Eminem alone. You have not accomplished any way near what he has. Though its a shame that he has done pop collaborations of late. I heard somewhere that 2pac said that if Dre didn't want to be down with the hood, then he didn't want to be associated with him.

  • Anonymous

    No one can deny the work ethic Pac had. A lot of artists nowadays are like "yeah, I have about 40 songs down, now we're just deciding what to put on the album." Which is utter BS. Pac didn't brag like that, and after his death, with the incredible number of songs that were released was epic. This dude loved hip hop. People try to mimic this but come up shorter than a smoked cigarette.

    • Alex

      Man u nailed it! Pac and any of the true greats breathed hip-hop. They just loved gliddin on beats..simple, the rest fell into place.

  • bill blass

    "Dr. Dre worked closely with Tupac Shakur during his lifetime, knocking out numerous classic records." --> and by numerous, you mean 1? "Cant C Me" is dope but not classic.

  • Anonymous

    "pac didn't like dre once he found out he was a fraud" Better to be worth a few hundred million and alive to enjoy it than be considered "real" and dead. Suge was chirping in Pac's ear back then trying to get him to basically hate everybody.

    • Deborah

      Dre was not gay. Come on, people, surely retards like you can come up with better rumours than that!

    • jase

      quit being blind. pac hated dre at the end. had shit to do with suge. he was pissed that dre wasnt there for snoop on trial. plus it finally boiled over with him sitting on his ass and claiming to be this big producer when daz did all the work for the most. stfu kissing gay ass dre's ass. pac saw this dude for what he was. and who knows what he really was. lotta people done said dre was gay. alot............

  • Anonymous

    and people also say that pac got raped in prison and had a boyfriend in drama school. google "2pac and Eskiah." 2pac was also used to strip and hump blow up dolls on stage yet yall have the nerve to call guys like game gay for allegedly being a male stripper and having a tongue ring. even though pac was a documented stripper and had a nose ring. 2pac also supported queen latfifah at a gay pride concert. if a rapper like wayne or kanye did that today you guys would be all over them for it and hate mongering. yet Pac is guilty of the same behavior. and victim of the same types of rumors. 2pac was also a documented ballerina. The point is you niggas live in glass houses and habitually throw stones at today's rappers for doing the EXACT same shit that pac and biggie did! Biggie rapped about raping jesus, fucking men in the ass, and sucking his girl's dad's dick yet you niggas say NOTHING! but let kanye where leather and he's a faggot!? You fucking hypocrites!

    • g spot

      fxxk all of u white crakers fxxking rednecks on this blog,,better yet fxxk ur mama!!!!!

    • jase

      you a girl. it's ok for you to be a sissy. i on the other hand cant stand gay people.

    • Deborah

      EXACTLY! The fact that 2pac studied ballet does not make him gay in any way. That was what he excelled at, and there is nothign wrong with that. The gay boyfriedn thing is likely a rumour made up by jealous haters. Black men hip hop fans need to stop wasting their time by setting up standards for black man to prove that they are not gay. Leave gays alone. If a man is gay, so what? What ahs this got to do with THEM personally? Exactly, nothing!

    • Kanye West

      I am gay, and I don't need you defending me nigga!

    • DoDo Byrd

      Get it right niggah, Where Hiphopicrites. Ol Change my diaper, I'm crying on HiphopDx ass niggah!lmao

    • jase

      someone should just bury your lame ass. you talking so mucg lame shit it's beyond even going into. gtfo here you lame ass mf.

  • kingBeno

    Most of you all are young dudes who think punch lines are what make Hip-Hop what it is. Biggie was a fake. Lyrically on Pac's back. Biggie was a dope lyricist hands down.Pac was a real MC and no one can take that away for him. People have listened to so much garbage, they've neglected real. Biggie represents the commercial side of hip-hop that continues today. Pac has become a rarity in the game.

    • KingBenmo is fake

      KingBeno Biggie was fake? Well Biggie really hustled. cant say that from pac. Pac better mc then Big lol!!!!! Do you know what a mc is? So you think Pac had better flow, witt, wordplay etc. then Big??? lol fuck pac the ballerina

    • mthunzi shoes

      co signed

    • Anonymous

      obviously you never listened to all eyez on me and songs like what ya phone numbah

    • fcvs

      biggie was a fake? typical idiot that says a rapper is fake just because he has some commercial songs it doesn't matter a thing that big poppa or juicy (just to name a few) are commercial, both are epic he doesn't have to rap always about the hood and guns, life has more things

  • Why

    Wait a minute Dre going from being a Gay DJ in the 80's to a Gangsta in the early 90's to reforming his ways in the mid-90's after he got beat up and left death row to becoming a gangsta again in 2000 only to promise a album that will never come out. Yet Pac wanted to make niggas up made influential songs for young black men and women tried to help Drug addicts overcome their addiction and tell the truth about the government. Yet Pac is a big phoney fake gangsta due to the last two years of his life.

  • SDK

    hummm...SO MANY PAC haters ON IT THEY LIKE RAP,BUT THEY DONT EVEN(EVEN) RESPECT PAC SO MUCH HATE IN YOUR HEART KID

  • Anonymous

    "I like Pac, but this dude is so overrated... Song after song cuz its all da same shit wit this nigga. enemiiieesss, henessseee,, west side, his mama, fuck da east/police, and gangstaa shit he didnt even fucking do. Dis dude is pretty good as an emotional artist, but to be the legit best cmon..this dude got no punchlines, wordplay, metaphors, crazy rhyme patterns, not too much versatile or complex vocabulary and average freestyler. His disses are overrated too...Big L, pun, nas, eminem, chino xl, rakim, tech nine, crooked i ras kass, DMX would all kill him in a freestyle and battle,and on wax, unless it was simple and to the point emotional rap for the masses"... CO...FUCKING...SIGN..SORRY FOLKS THIS IS WHAT ALL PAC DICKRIDERS HAVE TO READ AND REALIZE...STOP LYING TO YOURSELVES JUST CUZ THE DUDE DIED LMAO PATHETIC.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    horowitz please stop writing. you fail as a journlist sir!

  • 1time rider

    was down with death row from the start of 94 and very few niggas there knew what suge was planning, he was paranoide eazy and heller would have him murdered so he hired some shady mob guys to kill them both, when eazy was killed the problem with ruthless went away so suge bailed on the plan to kill heller, how they did the aids shit i dont know and suge never even spoke about the shit that was going down in the weeks before eazy got sick, the crazy nigga then walked around like he owned l.a and shit disrespecting eazy in interviews like nothing happened, but a few niggas knew and a couple of them are dead now, i left the row and moved to atl in early 96 right after pacs album blew and never looked back, i dont even live stateside no more but its crazy how that psyco nigga is still out there

  • Anonymous

    And 9 month later it was "California Love part motherfucking two, without gay ass Dre".

  • The Critic

    Dre is trying so hard to act like he and Tupac were on good terms before he died, but last time I checked both Pac & Eazy E called this nigga gay!

    • yup

      Eazy died of aids cause he couldnt wrap it up. Pac got killed being a "gangster" Never lived the life just reported it. COnsider the source.

  • Fuck Queens

    "Because he's the hottest nigga in the game" Only Ja Rule is the hottest is when he's getting raped by a pack of niggas in jail.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck this nigga Dre, acting like he was friends with Pac and shit, bitch Pac hated you. You deserve to get lynched and get thrown in the sewer

  • Da Bruizer

    umm Pac only work with Dre one album and it only had about 2 or 3 cuts from Dre...and Pac had some pretty caustic things to say on the next album...who is this Horowitz kid?

    • SDK

      @etk My murderous lyrics equipped with spirits of the Thugs before me Pay off the block evade the cops cause I know they comin for me I been hesitant to reappear, been away for years Now I'm back my adversaries been reduced to tears Question my methods to switch up speeds, sure as some bitches bleeds niggaz'll feel the fire of my mother's corrupted seed Blast me but they didn't finish, (buck buck buck buck buck) didn't diminish my powers so now I'm back to be a motherfuckin menace, they cowards That's why they tried to set me up Had bitch-ass niggaz on my team, so indeed, they wet me up But I'm back reincarnated, incarcerated At the time I caught the perfect way that God made it Lace em with lyrics that's legendary, musical mercenary For money, I'll have these motherfuckers buried (I been) gettin much mail in jail, niggaz tellin me to kill it Knowin when I get out, they gon' feel it Witness the realest, a whoridah when I put the shit inside the cry from all your people when they find her Just remind ya, my history'll prove I been it Revenge on them niggaz that played me, and all the cowards that was down widdit Now it's yo' nigga right beside ya Hopin you listenin, catch you payin attention to my ambitions as a ridah

  • That Dude

    if there were more real people out here then motherfuckers would understand how unreal 2pac was. First he's a political activist, then he's a rapist, next he's a advocate for a peaceful world, then he's a murderer. Tupac was the fakest rapper in the game and any real nigga know that. He got Biggie and himself killed cuz he wanted 2 "sell records"... that's some bitch shit.

    • Anonymous

      Yo Etgay, you lack the intelligence to even say anything relevant, Pac represented something more than most artists today. I mean if you love all this bs like Yolo, Ham, Hyfr, Cray, and swag then you're a fucking puppet, a pawn, a fucking follower. Get off mainstream hip hops dick and start listening to real hip hop. At least then it had a real message, today's music is all about materialism at it's fullest, real two faced shit.

    • SDK

      @etk @etk My murderous lyrics equipped with spirits of the Thugs before me Pay off the block evade the cops cause I know they comin for me I been hesitant to reappear, been away for years Now I'm back my adversaries been reduced to tears Question my methods to switch up speeds, sure as some bitches bleeds niggaz'll feel the fire of my mother's corrupted seed Blast me but they didn't finish, (buck buck buck buck buck) didn't diminish my powers so now I'm back to be a motherfuckin menace, they cowards That's why they tried to set me up Had bitch-ass niggaz on my team, so indeed, they wet me up But I'm back reincarnated, incarcerated At the time I caught the perfect way that God made it Lace em with lyrics that's legendary, musical mercenary For money, I'll have these motherfuckers buried (I been) gettin much mail in jail, niggaz tellin me to kill it Knowin when I get out, they gon' feel it Witness the realest, a whoridah when I put the shit inside the cry from all your people when they find her Just remind ya, my history'll prove I been it Revenge on them niggaz that played me, and all the cowards that was down widdit Now it's yo' nigga right beside ya Hopin you listenin, catch you payin attention to my ambitions as a ridah

    • The Critic

      Please for the love of God, just put the crack pipe down and walk away with what's left of your unbelievable stupidity.

    • ETK

      @Anonymous That's the typical "so called real hip-hop fan" answer, cause you stupid retards can't come up with something intelligent and debate politely. All of you fags just love Tupac because he died and that eventually overshadows the fact that he was one of the most fake two-faced niggas in the rap game.

    • imme

      thats exactly what i been tellin niggas for years but they wanna jump on the whole "2pac is the GOAT!" bandwagon

    • Anonymous

      You're probably a fanboy of Ymcmb aren't you? You also obviously don't know anything 2Pac stood for, get your ignorant ass off these blogs before talking shit fuckboy.

  • ANON

    I like Pac, but this dude is so overrated... Song after song cuz its all da same shit wit this nigga. enemiiieesss, henessseee,, west side, his mama, fuck da east/police, and gangstaa shit he didnt even fucking do. Dis dude is pretty good as an emotional artist, but to be the legit best cmon..this dude got no punchlines, wordplay, metaphors, crazy rhyme patterns, not too much versatile or complex vocabulary and average freestyler. His disses are overrated too...Big L, pun, nas, eminem, chino xl, rakim, tech nine, crooked i ras kass, DMX would all kill him in a freestyle and battle,and on wax, unless it was simple and to the point emotional rap for the masses

  • Anonymous

    i can see and understand what tupac was saying about rappers and certain types of celebrities. Very very few kept it real like this man.

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule straight clapped this nigga

  • callinlamesoutonthecarpet

    why are people dick ridin ja rule on this thread? He's irrelavent...

  • Toss It Up

    Dear Alize Dre, 2 Pac saw though your fake face and dissed you. 2 Pac died only one death, but Alize Dre will die a thousand.

  • Anonymous

    Dre didn't even like Pac.

  • Anonymous

    "Nope. Lil Wayne is doing that" No. He's keeping it alive.

  • Anonymous

    I also remember Tupac saying how Dre is always doing nothing in the studio and is sucking dick and licking pussy.

  • Gz

    Ja Rule is still the boss of all bosses! fuck your headphones dre! fuck em and his wackerhouse dept!! IT'S MUURRRDAAAAA!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    His biggest career mistake is that he worked with 50 cent, he should have worked with real niggaz like Ja Rule.

  • Anonymous

    Anyways, Ja Rule killed this fool

  • Anonymous

    In case anyone's wondering, ja rule can bench press 500 pounds.

  • jg

    Dr. Dre is killing hiphop.

  • Anonymous

    ja rule fucked eminem up and dr.dre along with him

    • Anonymous

      Ja didn't kill ANYONE except himself. It was by suicide by TRYING to go at the big dogs in rap ... he just got knocked back down to the ground where he belongs.

  • Anonymous

    ja rule killed this nigga back in 2003

  • Anonymous

    2 pac, eazy e and ja rule... all real niggaz who dissed the fuck outta DRE

    • yup

      ja rules career was killed. Eazy died of aids. pac was a "gangster" on wax and a news reporter of the hood. Dre got classic albums and productions, headphones, etc. hmmmmm.....

  • Anonymous

    ja rule exposed this gay ass nigga

  • Anonymous

    Ja Rule killed this fag on "loose change"

  • Anonymous

    Hey dre, why don't you recall how 2pac, eazy e and later JA RULE killed yo non existent ass career?

    • Anonymous

      haha .... ummm Dre has hella money and continues to produce & make music. Ja Rule ..... where you at? nowhere in the music biz! Pac, 50, Em, DMX .... the line goes on and on of who killed Ja on tracks!

  • Anonymous

    and people also say that pac got raped in prison and had a boyfriend in drama school. google "2pac and Eskiah." 2pac was also used to strip and hump blow up dolls on stage yet yall have the nerve to call guys like game gay for allegedly being a male stripper and having a tongue ring. even though pac was a documented stripper and had a nose ring. 2pac also supported queen latfifah at a gay pride concert. if a rapper like wayne or kanye did that today you guys would be all over them for it and hate mongering. yet Pac is guilty of the same behavior. and victim of the same types of rumors. 2pac was also a documented ballerina. The point is you niggas live in glass houses and habitually throw stones at today's rappers for doing the EXACT same shit that pac and biggie did! Biggie rapped about raping jesus, fucking men in the ass, and sucking his girl's dad's dick yet you niggas say NOTHING! but let kanye where leather and he's a faggot!? You fucking hypocrites!

  • Anonymous

    i recall pac calling dre out of the closet. pac was snapping photos in bath tubs with jewelery on his cock and he was calling dre a fag. dre's gay. RIP pac

    • Anonymous

      real talk. niggas are so selective with who they call gay! I love all these dudes, it just makes me sick when niggas cherry pick who is real or who is gay when they all do the same shit.

  • Anonymous

    didnt pac call him gay? or was that eazy e?

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