Long Island, New York rapper Freddie Foxxx spoke in-depth on his relationship with the late Tupac Shakur, during a recent interview on The Combat Jack Show podcast.

Freddie Foxxx began his conversation on Tupac by sharing the details of how they met. According to Freddie, he met the rapper the same way he met most of his “friends from that era,” by being familiar with their music and then eventually crossing paths. He says he too received letters from Tupac while he was imprisoned, but unlike others, he has no plans on sharing them with the public.

After speaking on meeting Tupac and being in correspondence with Pac while he was locked up, Freddie Foxx spoke on the rivalry between Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. He stated that Pac’s anger towards the Brooklyn rapper was unnecessary and revealed that he never had the opportunity to speak with Tupac about his beef with Biggie.

“That was my guy, man,” Freddie Foxxx said. “Pac and I met—He did a song with me called ‘Don’t Fuck With A Killa’ in the 90s. It was kinda like how I met a lot of my friends from that era. We just kinda bonded. It’s like ‘You know my music. I know yours.’ We meet each other, boom. Automatic ‘Yo, what’s up man? Yo, nice to meet you.’ And then we became cool. We had a lot of phone conversations. I got letters. I still got my letters from jail that we were back and forth writing…That’s a personal thing for me. And those letters have a lot of information in em that would kinda do a lot of cats dirty. My thing is to keep them where they are. You know what I mean? And Pac was one of them guys that just always intricate, man, with everything. Like very deep conversations. The person you see on camera is the person that he is in private, but just toned down. He is who he is. And I love Tupac…A lot of these niggas think they Tupac. A lot of these mothafuckas think they Tupac. Niggas is saying Biggie’s rhymes on their records right now. It’s like—It’s weird to me man, but I don’t hear too many Biggie records out there.

“Pac was angry at New York because of what had happened to him,” he added. “We had—And let me just say this for the record. I thought Biggie was one of the coolest guys that I ever met in Hip Hop history. Since I been in the game…Just knowing who he was alone I don’t believe that so much anger towards him was necessary. Cause he’s an easy dude to talk to. And I didn’t really get a chance to build with Pac about that because when he got out of jail he was on the West Coast for most of that time. And when he did come to New York it was around I think the MTV Awards or something like that.”

Freddie Foxxx later offered his thoughts on the state of the music industry today. He expressed his disapproval with Hip Hop being turned into pop music and later criticized artists like Mac Miller.

“I been saying it since the 90s,” Foxxx said. “I mean, when I did Industry Shakedown everything that Damon Dash was talking about right now, I was talking about that in the 90s. So, everything that everybody so in an uproar about now I was saying that in the 90s. And I attribute that to they hadn’t gone through it yet. You know what I mean? Some of these guys were actually working with the same people that now they can’t stand when I was telling em ‘Yo, these guys are devils, man. They snakes. And it’s how they play the game.’ When you go in as an artist into a record company. And you know this. You go in gung-ho ready to be successful at it. It’s like you’re a pawn. You’re just a pawn. They send you on these promotional runs. It’s a lot of budget stealing going on.

“At the end of the day you rob banks with bank robbers, man,” he added. “When you put somebody in a position to be an executive in the music business—I mean, I’m still tripping over urban music department. But I attribute that to them not calling it black music because they gotta explain a white man running the black music department. So, they call it the urban music department. It’s like—It’s still something wrong with that to me. Because I don’t understand where Hip Hop has gone to the point now where it sounds like you’re calling pop music Hip Hop music. You dig what I’m saying? And you’re taking good rap songs and remixing them with these pop artists, but you won’t play the original record in your playlist…They’ve turned it into like a cookie cutter type of thing now where anybody can do it. They try to make it so simple.”

Freddie Foxxx’s interview on The Combat Jack Show can be found below (via RapRadar).

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