O.J. Simpson says hip-hop music — and 2Pac in particular — helped him deal with life after his murder trial.

Simpson was hosting a hip-hop concert Sunday night and spoke to the audience before the event, which was canceled early Monday after only 100 people showed up. Simpson said he became interested in hip-hop after listening to 2Pac’s music.

“He was singing about having these crazy things happening around him, and I could relate to that,” Simpson said.



Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles. He moved to Florida from California after a civil court ordered him to pay $33.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.