“It never came out because out of respect for the fact that he died,” says longtime Jay Z collaborator DJ Clark Kent on A Waste of Time podcast with ItsTheReal. “Jay did a record going at ‘Pac, but right as it was about to come out, son died.”
Tupac died in a still unsolved 1996 shooting in Las Vegas.
DJ Clark Kent, who brought Jay Z and The Notorious B.I.G. together, says that Hov’s pride led him to perform the Tupac diss track at the Apollo Theater, a famous concert venue in Harlem, New York.
“It was scathing,” DJ Clark Kent says. “Like crowds was like, ‘Oh shit.’ Like it was super hard, super hard. If he was alive, there woulda been no coming back. Nothing. This was so tough. Like it, to me, it probably was one of the hardest diss records I’ve ever heard. ”
The producer says that few people have heard the track and that there has been temptation to release it.
“I didn’t want a copy of it,” he says. “I didn’t want a copy because I know I would’ve been compelled to figure out how to play it because it was nasty.”
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