In an interview with The Art of Dialogue, Tha Dogg Pound rapper recalled Faith pulling up to Can-Am studios in Tarzana, California — where Death Row Records set up base in the ’90s and recorded many of their classic albums — at the height of ‘Pac and Biggie’s feud.
What’s more, Kurupt said that ‘Pac recorded “Hit ‘Em Up” — his infamous 1996 diss track aimed at Biggie and other East Coast rivals on which he claimed to have slept with Faith — shortly after the singer’s visit.
“When ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ dropped, that was around the time everything was fresh. 2Pac and Biggie was fresh, because this was after Faith came to the studio,” he explained. “She came to work and, you know, we was all looking like, ‘Damn! That’s Faith, cuz!’… Then he made ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ [laughs]. That fast.”
Kurupt added that he was the first person who Faith bumped into when she arrived at the studio, but after realizing the gravity of Biggie’s wife linking with 2Pac, her husband’s fiercest rival, the Kuruption! MC made a swift exit.
“She walked in — boom! ‘What’s up, Kurupt?’ I looked. ‘Damn!’ I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m going home [laughs]. I’m finna go home ’cause this right here? This is real. This is Biggie’s wife — with ‘Pac, though. So I’m just gonna go home. I don’t wanna be up here for this, this is a lot.’
“As soon as they went in the studio to go work, I said, ‘I’m going home, cuz. I don’t want Faith to be calling back to New York telling Biggie she saw Kurupt.’ She gonna say that, but I’m gone! ‘Cause Biggie’s my homeboy and ‘Pac is my brother.”
Faith Evans, who has long denied she slept with 2Pac, shared her own recollection of her visit to Can-Am Studios in an interview with VladTV in 2014, claiming she was unaware that the late rapper was signed to Death Row at the time.
“I went to the studio, I realized there were a bunch of Death Row people there so in my mind I started figuring it out right there,” she said. “I didn’t really know what I was walking into.
“Had I known the things I know, I definitely wouldn’t have done the song with him. I definitely wouldn’t have gone in the studio to record anything that was related to Death Row at that time,” she added, referring to her shelved appearance on 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me song “Wonda Why They Call U Bitch.”
In her 2009 memoir Keep the Faith, Evans recalled visiting ‘Pac’s hotel after the studio session to collect a $25,000 check for her work on the track, where he allegedly demanded oral sex.
“‘So you not trying to suck my dick?’” she remembered him asking. “‘What!’ I screamed. ‘What are you talking about?’ Tupac raised his voice. ‘You know you want to suck my dick, bitch! Don’t fucking lie.’ I burst into tears and grabbed my purse. ‘I have to get outta here.’
She added: “Tupac kept going. He was making no sense, cursing and yelling. He said something about Big and the East Coast. ‘But…but…I…thought y’all were friends,’ I said. At this point, I could barely speak clearly because I was crying so hard.
“‘Whatever. You know you wanna be my bitch,’ he said, before going into the bedroom area and slamming the door.”
Despite her denial that they had an affair, there are those who believe Faith Evans and 2Pac were more than just collaborators. In his own interview with The Art of Dialogue last year, veteran West Coast rapper Spice 1 claimed the pair were “fuck buddies.”
“Faith, that was ‘Pac’s girl,” he said. “Not his girl, but her and ‘Pac had something together. They was fuck buddies. It’s fucked up to say this, but we’re gonna keep it real.
“A lot of muthafuckas — and I don’t want to kill nobody’s game or nothing — but a lot of muthafuckas, you got one bitch that you know that don’t give a fuck who you with and you don’t give a fuck who she with from infinity and into beyond, y’all fuckin. Period. And that was ‘Pac and Faith.”