Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Was a Drug Dealer When She Met Tupac Shakur [VIDEO]

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Jada Pinkett Smith opened up and revealed a secret on how she really met Tupac.

“It’s kind of hard because I haven’t really told the whole story,” she said of her relationship with the late rapper. “One of the things that’s very interesting that I’ve never really said before is that when I first met Pac, I was a drug dealer.”

“That’s how we started,” she continued. “Then as I was coming out, something very bad happened to me. As I was coming out of the life, he was coming more into the life.”

 

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T.I. Shuts Down Haters Who Roasted His Tupac Inspired Outfit

Apparently, the internet decided to play a shady little game of “Who Wore It Better” between T.I. and Tupac following Tip’s performance at Pac’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction.

The self-proclaimed “King Of The South” performed “Keep Ya Head Up” and wore an exact replica of Pac’s outfit from the famous Death Row Records New York Times cover. A few folks on social media didn’t think Tip quite pulled off the look. One Twitter user even compared his vest to a woman’s bustier. SHA-DY!

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Since T.I. is known to keep his ear to the streets and them tweets, it didn’t take long for the “Whatever You Like” rapper to get wind of the comments. In response, he posted a side by side image of himself and Tupac in the matching outfits and shamed the younger generation for not missing the point of his wardrobe. “Ya’ll young, forever commentating, over-opinionated young muuuf-ckaz got sh-t to say ALWAYZ,” he writes in the caption.

He then draws a comparison to Rich Homie Quan‘s botched Biggie tribute where he forgot the words to “Get Money,” to further the point that millenials have no respect for those who paved the way. “Biggie sh-t went left because a muuuf-cka from YA’LL generation forgot the words,” he says of the incident.

 

 

Whew, looks like these comments really got under Tip’s skin. Despite the conflicting opinion on T.I.’s outfit, at least we can all collectively agree that he did Pac justice with his performance. Check out the clip below:

 

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T.I., Alicia Keys And Others Perform For Tupac’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

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Black music’s elite was out and about during the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that kicked off Friday (April 7) night showing homage to late rapper Tupac.

According to Billboard, Alicia Keys sang a medley of snippets of ‘Pac songs including “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” “Ambitionz As a Ridah” and “Changes.”

Snoop Dogg and YG performed “Gangsta Party,” Treach from Naughty by Nature did “Hail Mary,” and T.I. dressed up looking like Pac’s twin sang “Keep Ya Head Up.”

Snoop, who was friends with Pac, opened up the tribute saying reflecting on the 25 years since he was murdered, said, “When I sat down to gather my thoughts about my labelmate, my homie, my brother, there’s one thought I kept coming back to: that Tupac was an actual human being.”

He added: “While everyone now thinks of him as some thugged-out superhero,” Tupac was many things: “strong and vulnerable, hardheaded and intellectual, revolutionary and—oh yeah, don’t get it f—cked up—gangsta.”

Yaaasss!

 

Tupac was joined with a killer new class of artists including Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, who was given the Award For Musical Excellence.

According to Rolling Stone, Pac is the sixth hip-hop artist to be inducted into the coveted Hall of Fame: Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five were inducted in 2007, Run DMC in 2009, the Beastie Boys in 2012, Public Enemy in 2013 and N.W.A. in 2016.

The entire Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will air on HBO on April 29.

SOURCE: Billboard; Rolling Stone

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Suge Knight’s Ex-Wife Responds To Accusations That She Killed Tupac

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Suge Knight made some shocking allegations earlier this week about the death of his former artist, Tupac Shakur.

Reports surfaced that Knight revealed to his attorney that he knew who murdered the late rapper — claiming it was his former bodyguard Reggie White Jr. and ex-wife Sharitha Golden. He said they were targeting him that night, but killed Pac instead. However, Suge’s ex  is denying the accusations.

Golden says she’s heard the allegation for years. She told TMZ, “I’m so damn sick of getting 100,000 calls about this. No way in hell I would’ve murdered Tupac! For what reason? This ridiculous theory that I needed to get half of Death Row — I already had half of Death Row, America. When Tupac died, what did Death Row become after that? Zero. Nothing. A downfall.”

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Sharitha isn’t the only one calling the claims erroneous. Suge’s attorney also revealed that the info purported in the documentary is untrue.

Check out what out else Sharitha Golden has to say about the accusations in the video above.

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Tupac’s Handwritten ‘Dear Mama’ Lyrics Are For Sale

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The handwritten lyrics to one of Tupac‘s most beloved songs are now available for purchase.

According to TMZ, the late legend wrote the words to his 1995 hit “Dear Mama” on three sheets of notebook paper. Each sheet is now being sold for $25,000, the site reports.

“We’re told the sheets came from the studio where Tupac recorded the track — the site acquired them from a private collector in Poland. The lyrics are what you’d expect if you know the song, except for a couple notes ‘Pac jotted down on the side — the names of rappers he may have been thinking about featuring … and a much more graphic note on the last page,” writes TMZ.

“Dear Mama” was on Tupac’s third studio album Me Against The World, which went certified double platinum. Click here for more information on how you can get your hands on his personal effects.

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Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke Reveals The Truth Behind Jay Z’s Unreleased Tupac Diss

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I remember buying Jay Z‘s debut Reasonable Doubt when it first came out in 1996.

I hurried home to play the tape, cracking open the plastic wrapper by digging my nail through the slit of the tracklisting fold and the part where you could see the cassette. I popped it in and immediately began looking at the album jacket. I noticed this picture of two other people standing behind Jay Z; one was Dame Dash and the other was Biggs.

As Jay Z’s legend grew, we found out more about Roc-A-Fella cofounder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, his “silent” partner and the guy some say is the actual blueprint behind Hov’s swag. Legend has it, Biggs did it first and Jay Z put it in a verse.

To this day, many people haven’t heard his voice. It was only recently that Biggs started to become more of a focal point for his brand. With a bunch of thriving businesses popping off, including a dope clothing line called Fourth Of November, Biggs has his finger on the pulse.

The man is all about creating and bringing things to life, something he talks to me about during our recent sit-down. The most memorable thing he told me was to “color in the white areas,” meaning, do things that others haven’t done yet. “We don’t follow trends, we’ve always been innovators,” he revealed.

Biggs oozes with confidence. It was clear then and it’s clear now. He talks about his business in an all-knowing tone; he speaks about the past the same way. I asked him about an old unreleased song from Jay Z called “Dead Or Alive,” which contains a Pac diss that came out around the time of the rapper’s death. I asked them why they pulled that song from Reasonable Doubt and Biggs explained:

“We just wanted to give him his respect. Pac died. It was something that we were looking forward to once he mentioned Jay’s name. It was a battle… You know the cockiness, we didn’t think anybody could deal with us on that level. Music or the streets. We were ready for that, so Jay had that in the cut. It was actually a song we did at the Apollo, the full Pac diss with Biggie on stage. It never got released. We put it out on a mixtape, but then we pulled it back like, ‘Let it be.’” 

Get the inside scoop from the man himself in the exclusive interview above.

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Jazze Pha Explains How The Night He Met His Idol Changed His Life [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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Producer Jazze Pha tells Ed Lover & Monie Love the story of how his life changed in one night after meeting his idol. Jazze explains that his manager took him to meet the late rapper MC Breed one night while he was recording in a studio. The Flint, Michigan rapper was best known for his 1991 hit “Ain’t No Future in Yo Frontin” and the 1993, “Gotta Get Mine,” featuring 2Pac.

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Jazze explains how that one night lead MC Breed to immediately buy one of his songs, and put him up in his house alongside his family. He also talks about the subsequent domino affect that built his successful career. Check out this exclusive video above to hear Jazze tell the whole incredible story more in this clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Does 2Pac Deserve To Be In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Before LL Cool J [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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It’s official: the late Tupac will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Despite the immense popularity of Tupac, this decision has been met with some controversy. Although he is the sixth hip-hop act to receive to the honor, the induction will also make him the first solo hip-hop artist to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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This is, for the most part, great news, except for one major issue- LL Cool J hasn’t been inducted yet. Click on the audio player to hear Ed Lover explain further in this clip from the Early Morning Evening News on the “Ed Lover Show.

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‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Mispronounces Tupac’s Name

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It’s always entertaining when a classic family game show like Jeopardy has trivia involving anything hip hop related.

Contestant Sara from Thursday night’s episode of the hit show wasn’t quite as prepared for one question as she thought it was. Her hilarious wrong answer turned into a great laugh for the hip hop fans and the internet alike.

When host Alex Trebek stated “This ‘Big Poppa’ rapper was killed on March 9, 1997 as he left a music industry party in Los Angeles.” Sara answered smoothly and full of confidence but totally wrong. Not only did she guess the wrong name, but she mispronounced the rapper’s name that she did yell out. The correct response would have been, “Who is Notorious B.I.G. but Sara answered,“Who is Two-Pack?”

You could almost feel the humor oozing from black twitter after watching this. Check out the funny clip above.

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And Now, The Official Release Date For Tupac’s Biopic, ‘All Eyez On Me’

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We know you’ve ’bout had it with all these Tupac biopic setbacks. So have we. Now for some consolation.

According to VIBE, Dominic Santana, who plays Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight in the forthcoming film, All Eyez On Me will be released on June 16, 2017 — Tupac’s 46th birthday.

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“On Instagram, the actor said they’re on track to meet the film’s debut, despite the controversy that has surfaced since dropping its trailer earlier this year.

‘We’re all anxious for it to come out but people gotta remember it’s a major film and there’s a lot of process to releasing major films,’ he wrote. ‘Because it was Tupac a lot of buzz was created word of mouth even while we were filming which usually doesn’t happen until a movie is about to come out. This was no regular movie so you’ve been hearing about it since we started.’”

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Producer L.T. Hutton also confirmed the film’s arrival in a video shared by The Shade Room.

 

 

Earlier this month, USA Network announced Unsolved, a drama chronicling the police investigations of Tupac and Biggie‘s deaths. The series will be directed by Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and is also slated for 2017 release.

Revisit the second trailer for All Eyez On Me below.

SOURCE: VIBE, YouTube

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New Unsolved Crime Show About Tupac & Biggie Is Headed To The Small Screen

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There have been numerous documentaries focusing on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., but the latest project about the slain rappers is different from the rest.

According to reports, USA Network announced Unsolved, a new series about the police investigations behind the murders of Pac and Biggie. The show is penned by Suits writer Kyle Long and directed by Anthony Hemingway, the director and co-executive-producer of the Emmy Award-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Greg Kading, former LAPD Detective and author of Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations, will be consulting on the script.

Decades after the untimely deaths of the hip-hop stars, their legacy continues to thrive. Along with the upcoming series, a Pac biopic, called All Eyez on Me, is set to hit theaters next year and another series about Biggie, called Think B.I.G.is being developed by TBS.

Stay locked for more details.

SOURCE: Pitchfork

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Watch Shia LaBeouf Prove He’s Got Bars

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Is there anything Shia LaBeouf can’t do?

On Friday, the actor stopped by Sway in the Morning and totally killed the “Five Fingers of Death” freestyle. LaBeouf rapped over legendary beats from artists like Missy Elliott, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and The Notorious B.I.G.

In one rhyme, he recites, “1Oak, that’s a dumb club/I don’t go there, but I get dumb love/Legend bitch, trash you heard, that’s all alleged bitch/Plagiarists stay makin’ shit/Greatest gifts come from painful shit/Truth is? I’mma true G/Only white kid with Big in a Coogi tatted to me/And Tupac too, and Missy on my two knees/Dude, please askin’ bout my tats like a groupie/Whenever the truth’s required, I’m hired/I’m the go-to guy for fire.”

The Transformers star has always had a knack for rapping. We can’t forget Shia’s time with the D-Tent Boys from one of his first films, Holes.

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Check out the dope video above.

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Tupac’s Handwritten Letter From Prison Sold For Over $150K

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A letter written by Tupac Shakur during his 1995 stay at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility was auctioned off for $172,725.

According to Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, the winner is famous and beat out a “popular entertainer” to take home a piece of ‘Pac’s legacy. The four-page letter titled “Is Thug Life Dead?” was written to Death Row Records publicist Nina Bhadreshwar on May 6, 1995.

“Sorry it took so long, I did get your first letter and I enjoyed it. It helped my spirit rebuild,” Pac wrote while he was incarcerated for allegedly sexually abusing a fan.

“I did not begin thug life, I just personified it. I couldn’t stop it if I tried but in my heart the thug n—- has advanced 2 be a Boss Playa. So No Thug Life is Not Dead but in my heart it is. If U are sharp u will learn from this. I want all my homeiez 2 realize there is another level it takes heart and courage 2 stand alone face the demons and make a change! We are powerful people but not unless we have power and if we all die we have nothing. No power, no money, no life, nothing.”

The letter also comes with its original torn envelope and a signed letter of authenticity from Bhadreshwar.

You can read the entire letter at goldinauctions.com.

SOURCE: Goldin Auctions | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter

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Politics As Usual: Jay Z & Hillary Clinton Have A Lot More In Common Than You Think

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Jay Z will officially put his political support behind Hillary Clinton with a Ohio concert on November 4. The event is aimed at encouraging minority voters to pick Clinton for president in the crucial swing state.

Jay’s co-sign helped Barack Obama secure the White House in 2008, but Barack was a phenomenon that probably would have won with or without Jay’s help. If there was ever a candidate for president that could actually use Hov’s support, it’s Hillary. In fact, both could gain a lot by taking a second to learn from the other’s journey.

Around this time in 2003, Jay Z was campaigning hard to stake his claim as the “Best Rapper Alive.” He had been branding himself as the best with respect to Tupac and Biggie since 2001’s The Blueprint, but this was different. With The Black Album signaling his retirement from rap, Hov was on a mission to prove he was the greatest to ever do it without any exception or reasonable doubt. The Black Album was his resume and cover letter for the job of hip-hop’s next leader. It was an exhaustive rundown of the dues he’d paid, skills he’d honed, and goals he’d accomplished to that point in his career. And it worked.

Hillary’s current campaign has a similar feeling of inevitability. We’ve known she was going to be the first female president since the Lethal Weapon movies were coming out. And her every move since has been made with that final goal in mind.

Both of their careers have taken trajectories that we don’t normally associate with natural leaders. Compared to their peers, they definitely don’t seem like chosen ones. Jay isn’t as charming, enigmatic or vocally gifted as Pac, B.I.G. or Nas. And Hillary isn’t nearly as gifted as Barack Obama, her husband, or even Donald Trump when it comes to the basic political function of making people like them. But Jay and Hill weren’t given their spots by nature or nepotism. They earned their spots by wanting it more than anyone else.

Just as Jay strived to show the culture how to move in a room full of vultures by trading throwbacks for button-ups, Hillary’s been moving her non-patriarchal ideals through Washington, D.C. smoother than “The Spook Who Sat By The Door.” At all times, both move with the pressure of their potential on their shoulders. But don’t mistake their focus for fakeness.

Just as Hillary will always have to answer for her questionable policies and comments, Jay will always have his drug dealing past and explicit lyrics brought up to discredit him. But both have proven that they only find strength in their pasts, not shame. After surviving Monica Lewinsky and Dame Dash, there’s not much that can threaten Hov or Hillary anymore. Except for that paranoid voice in our conscience that tells us not to trust them.

To support Hov and Hillary, we have to overlook their carefully honed skills of manipulation and simply trust that they will be benevolent leaders. But it’s hard not to wonder if the years of cutthroat competition corrupted them? Or does their ability to rise above the pressure of their many scandals and setbacks prove that they were the only ones that were truly ever cut out for the job?

Hillary doubters struggle to see her as the woman who beat the old boys in their own club at their own game. The same way it’s hard for Jigga doubters to believe a former crack dealer could finesse an entertainment game that was designed to exploit Black musicians without compromising his morals. That’s where the conspiracies come in.

You can choose to believe Hillary is a crooked, racist liar and not a civil rights icon. And you can believe Jay Z is an Illuminati-backed sell-out and not a self-made, pro-Black entrepreneur. But you’d be wrong about both of them. If they were that easy to break down, they wouldn’t have made it this far to begin with.

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Why The Sale Tupac’s Medallion Is A Little Too Weird [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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A memorabilia company named Moments in Time is a selling the famous medallion that Tupac was wearing when he was shot during a 1994 visit to New York City. The medallion was dented by the bullet during the shooting (which Tupac ultimately survived), and now it’s being sold for a shiny six-figure price.

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While the admiration for Tupac makes this less than surprising, Ed Lover can’t help but wonder about the ethics of such a sale. Click on the audio player to hear the whole discussion in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.

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Tupac’s 1992 Statements On Trump, Wealth & Greed Still Relevant Today [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Donald Trump has wrecked havoc on an already chaotic nation with his presidential campaign. In his speeches and press conferences, he has managed to please his largely racist and ignorant supporters by offending just about everyone else. His latest scandal, however, is not just his self-determined exception from paying taxes, but also his declaration that war veterans with PTSD are essentially weak.

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Still, no matter where his ignorance follows him, the only thing that matters to him is how rich he is. In light of this unique moment in American history, Monie Love calls upon a 1992 Tupac interview that is making its way around the internet, in which Tupac touches a bit on the monstrosity that is Trump and everything he stands for. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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