Tupac and Ice-T Host Saturday Night Live

Only God Can Judge Him

22 years ago, on 4th of May 1996, Tupac Shakur and Ice-T host Saturday Night Special. The show starts with Ice-T asking Tupac to bust a rhyme for the audience, with Pac’ replying “When you meet a plumber, do you tell him to fix your sink?! So how come when you meet a rapper he got to get on stage and start busting lyrics?!”

Tupac then performs the first verse from his song “Only God Can Judge Me” off his album “All Eyez on Me” After this performance they both sit down to perform a duet to the song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” a ballad originally sang by Barbra Streisand with Neil Diamond.

Later in the show Jennifer Coolidge, who played ‘Stifler’s mum’ in American Pie, interviews both Pac’ and Ice-T in a comedic type of way on serious issues, such as teen pregnancy, gang violence and drug problems. The show also featured The Fugees, Rosie Perez and Lauryn Hill.

A interesting side note about this show, is that Snoop Dogg was meant to be performing “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” from the album All Eyez on Me. As told in the book ‘Got Your Back’ by Frank Alexander, Tupac’s bodyguard, Pac’ got a phone call from Snoop saying he won’t be performing as his dog, Killer, a red pit, was found dead. Snoop want into a state of depression, not wanting to go into the studio, he was hurting a lot over it.

Pac switched from doing the ‘2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted’ to Only God Can Judge Me. According to Frank Pac’ wasn’t happy about singing You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, saying he was embarrassed and the whole way back from the show he complained about it, although it did come off as funny and a great watch. Watch Here