As an artist who was close to the late Tupac Shakur, Long Beach, California rapper Bad Azz recalled the moment he was made aware of the shooting that ultimately ended Pac’s life.
According to Bad Azz, he was in the studio with Daz Dillinger when they received a phone call from Nate Dogg. During his interview with Vlad TV, he went on to explain that they were initially told by Nate Dogg, who was several cars behind Tupac when the shooting took place, that both Tupac and Suge Knight were dead.
He says he was later informed that Suge was alive and Tupac was in critical condition.
“I was at the studio with Daz and Nate Dogg called us,” Bad Azz said. “And he actually—See, a lot of people don’t know when they talk about Pac living and all this stuff. We had so much information and so much proof that he had got shot, it was like we knew he was shot. Snoop even went to the hospital. I wanted to go. But he told me they wouldn’t let me in. So, he went. He saw him. He told me ‘Pac’s not doing good, Bad Azz.’ But Nate Dogg was the first one to call. And he saw the shooting. So, a lot of people don’t know that…They asked a lot of people questions, but it’s a lot of stuff that people didn’t want to talk about. But Nate Dogg told me personally that he saw the car, which everyone said was a Cadillac…When he called and said the news, he didn’t say ‘Tupac was shot.’ He said Tupac and Suge Knight was dead. That was the first news I got.”
Later in the interview, Bad Azz revealed his plans to release new music that will feature Tupac. The former Death Row artist explained that getting clearance to use music from the late rapper isn’t terribly difficult, given that an artist goes through the right people, and has music Tupac’s estate would approve of.
“I got some new stuff I’mma put out with Pac,” he said. “I haven’t—It makes me upset that he’s been gone for this long and no new rappers—And not because they can’t because sometimes it’s hard to get a clearance, but a lot of these cats don’t know you gotta go to mom. You gotta talk to his real estate. The people who really, really, really are over Tupac’s music and art right now. And you can get clearances…I’mma just drop some new stuff with Pac…I have one unreleased verse and I have several others, acapellas that have came out.”