In a sit-down interview with The Art of Dialogue, ‘Pac’s father Billy Garland attempted to dispel the notion that Biggie was behind the hit, as ‘Pac had suggested at the time.
“I’m waiting in the waiting room,” Garland began. “Biggie came in, by himself. By himself. So that shit I heard about them being involved in that, I been around, I’ve done these things, okay? I been around a lot of drama. And I know, nobody who does a hit goes to the hospital by they goddamn self.
“Now, they may go to the hospital mob style, but they taking two or three muthafuckas with them. He was there by himself. Just as innocent as you wanna be. Just as nice as you wanna be. And I knew, and I think Pac’ knew, he had nothing to do with it. I think they was feeding him that bullshit.”
Garland continued to discuss the interaction between him and 2Pac while he was wounded and then reiterated that both Biggie and 2Pac weren’t enemies and their beef was a benefactor toward record sales.
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2Pac was shot multiple times inside the lobby of Quad Studios in New York City in November 1994. He underwent emergency surgery at Bellevue Hospital but left three hours later against doctor’s orders.
Bill Garland has been very vocal as of late about his late son’s life and career. In the same interview, he expressed his disdain for the Allen Hughes-directed Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur docuseries, which premiered on Hulu back in April.
2Pac’s father revealed that he initially didn’t want to sit down to speak with Hughes, but was eventually persuaded by him to do so, even though he didn’t know the actual footage would be used for Dear Mama.
“We did an interview for about two hours,” he said. “After I saw the interview in the documentary, I was slightly disappointed, let’s just say that. I didn’t like it. It was more about something else, than about 2Pac, if you know what I’m saying. If I knew it was about ‘Dear Mama,’ I might’ve still did it, but I probably wouldn’t have. Not for nothing.”
Garland then defended 2Pac against Allen Hughes calling him a “delusional mythmaker” prior to the documentary being made. Garland also said ‘Pac wasn’t “bi-polar,” but rather he was reacting because “people were betraying him” throughout the timeline of his success in music.