Kurupt Talks Tupac & Discusses Their Beef
Kurupt, appeared as a guest last week on Power 105.1 show ‘The Breakfast Club’ Hosted by Dj Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God. In the interview he talks about Beef, gang affiliation, Death Row Records and Tupac.
Kurupt, who’s real name is Ricardo Emmanuel Brown, is the real life Fresh Prince. A Philadelphia native, Kurupt ended up on the Westcoast when, at age sixteen, he crashed his mother’s car. She sent him to live with his father in California. He got into rapping, regularly battling other local emcees, including his future label mate Snoop Doggy Dogg.
He would eventually find his way onto Death Row Records, making his debut on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album ‘The Chronic’. He formed Tha Dogg Pound with Daz Dillinger and they featured heavily in Snoop’s debut album ‘Doggystyle’ in 1993.
In 1995, right after Tupac signed to Death Row Records, Tha Dogg Pound released their lead single from their debut album, ‘Dogg Food’, titled ‘New York, New York’. In the video for the song, they are seen kicking down building’s in New York.
When The Notorious B.I.G got wind of Tha Dogg Pound filming the video in Red Hook Brooklyn, he apparently put the word out over the radio airwaves to go and chase the westcoast rapper’s out of their territory. Shortly after this was announced the Dogg Pound’s trailer was shot at, but nobody was injured.
The ironic part is that for long many were under the impression the song ‘New York’ was aimed at NY as a diss. Kurupt explains that initially the song was to pay tribute to NY. Kurupt was at the time excited about the idea.
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After being shot at in their trailer. Snoop and the Dogg Pound went back to Cali where for about a week no one would speak of the incident. Until finally Snoop decided to shoot the video of them knocking down NY buildings.
Tupac’s first conversation with Kurupt after he got out of prison was about The Dogg Pound’s ‘New York, New York’ song, saying that’s all he listened to and that it fed the fire growing inside of him.
In the interview Kurupt tells the story of how he and Tupac almost come to blows at a Danny Boy video shoot in Cabo. Kurupt was hitting his Hennesey bottle on the chair which ‘Pac noticed and asked Kurupt to stop. With Tupac being new around the Death Row camp, Kurupt felt like he had no business giving orders, he told Tupac to not talk to him. That was like waving a red flag to a bull.
“I’ll take you upstairs right now and whoop your ass and then bring you back downstairs and we smoke a blunt” ‘Pac says. Nate Dogg and Daz Dillinger was there too, with Nate chipping in “I don’t know why people going fight then still be friends!” Kurupt admits that got his heart racing because he thought Tupac was a “Wild cat and he was nuts!”
Kurupt reveals that he never personally got to squash any type of beef him and Tupac might of had, as their disagreement in Cabo came right before he passed.
“Right after Cabo came the New York trip, after the New York trip came Vegas” said Kurupt. Tupac Shakur was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7th 1996, he died six days later, on September 13th.
He briefly touches on the time Snoop Dogg came to visit Tupac in the hospital, after he had been shot in Las Vegas. “Snoop went to see him when he was in the hospital. Snoop was able to say something to him before he passed away”
Kurupt is reflective in his closing comments, after losing Tupac before they could talk things, “That’s why you’ve gotta be careful, man, you never know what tomorrow can bring. People can be here, then they’ll be gone. It will be the least expected person, the one you least expect.”