Nachdem nun VIBE alle sechs Parts des 2Pac Videointerviews verŲffentlicht hat, haben wir nun auch alle Parts in Textform. Falls der eine oder andere Probleme beim Verstehen hat/te:
The Lost Interview, Part 1
Where do you see yourself in twenty years from now?
If God give me breath for twenty more years, I see myself changing the world because my thought patterns are so opposite of what is the norm, so I would have to change the world or I have to be changed by the world.
How is it working with Suge and how do you keep the fans close to you? And a lot of your East Coast fans feel like your new allegiance to the West Coast has feltÖ you knowÖ a lot of them feel like maybe youíre not loyal to the East Coast anymore, andó
Thatís so nonsense. Poppycock! Because this is not a new allegiance to the West Coast. Iíve been on the West Coast all this time. Itís just because some peopleónot allósome people on the East Coast be on their dicks so hard that they never heard me say Iím living on the West Coast!
Itís just that by me keeping it real, I always said where I came from. I always gave New York their props. On Me Against the World, I took a whole song to give it up. So now, on the next album, when I want to give it up for my homeówhere Iím atóeverybody got a problem? Why didnít they have no problem when Biggie say ďBrooklyn in the houseĒ every fucking show he do? Why didnít they have a problem with ďBronx,Ē and they just did a Sprite commercial with the Bridge and KRS, but why is it not hip-hop when I do it? I mean, goddamn! Why is it suddenly, a nigga tripping when I do it? Why everybody else can have a war, have beef within the music, talk about differences, and ďItís okay, itís music, itís hip-hop, itís groundbreaking.Ē When I do it, itís war? And thatís all Iím doing. All Iím doing is saying Iím tired of you talking about where you from. And if thatís what we gonna do now? ĎCause we was doing it like hip-hop was one nation, and I have proof to say what I was doing. I did more for the East Coast than the East Coast did. I put more guns in East Coast niggasí hands than East Coast niggas did when they came out here. I put them niggas onto more weed gates and weed spots and safe havens and safe spots than the East Coast did. I put more rappers on than they did! I gave Biggie his first shows! I was the one, I was that bridge that niggas used to walk on to get over here; I explained it. Iím the one that told you. Iím why all these niggas running around with a gangbanger on their payroll now.
The Lost Interview, Part 2
Is there still a beef going on between you and Biggie?
It was never a beef, itís only a difference of opinion. To meÖ my homeboy Suge gave me the best advice I could ever get from anybody. He said when people ask if heís beefing with Bad Boy, with Puffy, he said, ďItís like me going to the playground and picking on little kids.Ē Thatís like me being mad at my little brother because heís getting cash now; Iím not mad at that. Iím just mad at my little brother when he donít respect me. And when you donít respect me, Iím gonna spank your ass. I donít give a fuck how rich you got; on the block, Iím your big brother. I will break your big ass down. And thatís my only point, and I feel as though he wronged me. You got out of hand and you wronged me, you got seduced by the power. Not because heís an evil person, but because money is evil, if itís not handled right. If you lose your composure, you could do anything, and fear got stronger than love, and niggas did what they wasnít supposed to do. They know in their heart! Thatís why they in hell now.
They canít sleep. Thatís why theyíre telling all the reporters and all the people, ďWhy they doing this, they fucking up hip-hop, blah blah blah,Ē Ďcause they in hell. They canít make money, they canít go anywhere, they canít look at themselves Ďcause they know the Prodigal Son has returned; Iím alive, the ghost is walking around, you know what I mean? And Iím alive, talking. In jail, I didnít talk; I made peace. Now, everybody that thinks that I disrespected, I love, I love my East Coast fans. Iím from there. Iím eating New York pizza, I drive New York Jeeps. But Iím saying letís keep it real for a second. If you half the lover of music that you think you are, study. Go back and study. Study how ďParty and BullshitĒ was me before I met Biggie; you donít hear my music in his raps. Study how after I met Biggie, Ready to Die came out, and his whole style changed. Study. Study why I would be mad. Study why I would be mad when half of New York, half of the major New York rappers or their managers or their agents or their somebody was there when I got shot, and nobody could give me no information. Just study that. Study how when Wu-Tang got their chain snatched at Six-Six-Deuce, I not only found who did it, but gave them the message that if they want to see the niggas that did it, they could see Ďem, man-to-man, just you and them, no guns, no nothing, if you feel like that. Thatís all I ask for. Thatís all I ask for, if you goní act like you a gangster or a G or a king of New York, Iíma expect that. And when you donít come through, Iím gonna want to crush your empire, and thatís what itís time for.
The Lost Interview, Part 3
So, do you think Puffy was involved in the shooting?
Only they can answer that question. I have my own opinion, but I wouldnít slander their name like they did mine. I wouldnít say things that I knew, you know what I mean? I believe so, I do believe so. I have proofóthings that I could say that would back up my claim, but this is not for the world to know about, you know what I mean? This is between me and him, and only he knows. So every time he say it didnít happen or blah, blah, blah, thatís the only thing that makes this become an issue to everybody. You seen what I said in the VIBE article; I basically bowed out and was goní go ahead about my life. The next issueÖ no, it wasnít even the next issue, Ďcause them cowards waited about four issues to get their story together. Four issues later, half of New York is commenting on me getting shot, and before, they was all like, ďWe didnít see nothing,Ē in the first issue; read it, VIBE viewers! Nobody seen shit. The fourth issue when they came back with a reply, everybody knew what I did, they knew what I said, I was ďacting.Ē Who gets shot five times and acts? Oh, I didnít get shot five times in their vision; I only got shot once Ďcause they ďfound the bullet.Ē The police found it, but now theyíre the cops, now theyíre doing detective work. They found the bullet? Oh, you found the bullet, huh? So what is this other shit in me then? What was the doctors talking about? Can you explain these other holes in me? How did I get gunpowder all over me? That insulted my intelligence.
So yes, I did say Thug Life was dead. Yes, I bowed out, all of that. But when they said that, they breathed new life in me. And Thug Life not only became a rap group, but it became a way of life for life for me because they disrespected me, my name, my family, what I had been through. They said that I couldnít be in pain, I could not feel, I could not be hurt in my moment in pain when I was shot five times in jail for a crime I didnít commit. While every other black person, I mean, whoever, they was fuckiní babies in the ass, or killing bitches and cutting them in fifty pieces; these niggas got support. I go to jail for a crime everybody know I did not commit, get shot five times and Iím getting ďraped in jail,Ē whoomptie, womptie; they just say anything to assassinate my character. What that show me? Remember. Remember this lack of a conscienceÖ when I come out. Remember this lack of mercyÖ when I come out. Remember this lack of compassionÖ when I come out. But now I come out, everybody want to calm down and relax and forget what you said? Donnie Simpson was on TV in front of bars like this going, ďWho am I? Tupac, hahaha.Ē But Iím wrong? You feel me? Niggas is hypocrites! You read while I gave my whole soul to you mothafuckas and said, ďYo, Iím through, I just want to chill, I just want to live life,Ē and mothafuckas took shots from every direction. They thought that Iím gay now, he a ďfuck me in the assĒ now. So okay, you want to see some macho shit? Iím the most macho nigga out here. I thought you niggas knew, Iím the most thuggish nigga out here. I have no mothafuckiní fearÖ I have no fear, I have only ambition, and I want mine, and I will do anything to protect and feed my family, and these niggas represent a threat Ďcause I worked too hard on this.
And as far as hip-hop and all of that, I feel as though Iím not the god of hip-hop, but what we do on the West Coast, I sold five million in two months. Biggie been out two years, heís barely touching two million. This nigga had fifty remixes, a thousandÖ he got everybody in New York in his videos, and still barely touching two million. Iíve been out two months, my shit sold five million with two videos out. Iím just starting. These niggas canít touch us. They canít! They canít really, itís funny.
The Lost Interview, Part 4
Do you think the new era of rap is, like, not Thug Life or whatever? Where do you see yourself?
Thatís what they want to do. Thatís what they want to do because everybody is shell-shocked, and they having trauma. Weíve been having traumatic nights always. I want to get away from it a lot; I tried to get away from it, but you canít, thatís what they taught me.
The streets didnít teach me that Thug Life can never die, the world taught me that. I thought I could retire and move on. When I moved on to the so-called ďreal world.Ē the ďcivilized world,Ē these mothafuckas is worse than the niggas on the streets! They was telling, I had little girls writing to me, crying, saying, ďYou got raped in jail, Iím so sorry.Ē That shit right there is what will fuel the anger that will never die. I had to write letters to a thousand little kids, explaining to them that I will be dead before a mothafucka will rape me, and you know that. So, as far as everybody, there is no mercy in my heart, you know what I mean? Iím not out here on no wild shit like I was before. This is not the same Tupac, believe me. Iím just very pissed off. And donít think Ďcause you see me at an award show smiling or giving away an award, or because I donít fight at this time, that donít mean that I ainít mad. Iím pissed off. And donít tell me ainít nothing wrong and we should all be together and woo-woo-woo, Ďcause yíall niggas ainít getting no money. You ainít getting no money Ďcause I made it that way.
Do you have groups coming out that youíre producing?
Yup, the Outlawz.
I murdered Thug Life and gave birth to the Outlawz. I murdered Thug Life, them niggas ainít act right. I murdered all of them, as far as the music business, and I gave birth to the Outlawz, and they all blood relatives. Now, I got a militaryónot ďmobĒ like Italiansóbut mob like weíve been mob-orientated all our lives. Fuck that shit theyíve been telling me about, because everybody saying because we choose to be organized now that we are emulating Italians? And we should imitate Italians Ďcause they donít like us? Mothafuckas got it twisted, you know what I mean? We got organization because we peep game! And itís not the mob really that we seen, itís really the government! They the biggest mob. Thatís what we studyógovernments. Just like me, they say, ďThis guy is Mr. Duplicity, heís always saying this good shit to the females, then he say Ďhoí and this, that.Ē See, thatís where youíre wrong. First, you tell all them niggas; you telling Too $hort, he never say nice shit, and they telling him heís a horrible person. I say one bad shit on one side, a good shit on the other side, and Iím Mr. Duplicity? What does the world want? They need to sit their politically correct ass down and figure out what they want Ďcause they bullshit.
Do you read a lot?
All the time. Iím really into books.
Whatís your favorite title?
Right now, Iím into Mastering the Art of War, The Art of War, I just found all these new books. Thoughts of a General, How to win an Argument Every Time, The Buying of the President. Whatís that book I got? The Russian guy?
Stalin, I got that. Christopher Dardenís book. Youíll Never Work Again in Hollywood, whatever that is that theyíre talking about, all the people that slept together, Iíve been reading that, a lot of different things, but mostly shit on what built generals and what made countries. I want to read what Clinton reads Ďcause he does the same shit I do, but donít get in trouble. All his homeboys commit suicide, he get caught with his pants down in the bathroom, and this nigga is still the President! I got women all marching outside my shows, this nigga is the fuckiní President! Iím 24, he 40, whatís his excuse?
Aside from the fame and the money, what do you think you can offer someone in a relationship?
With a woman, you mean?
I believe thatÖ I always discuss thisÖ I feel like Iím one of the old-fashioned type of guys, where as soon as I find me a woman who doesnít mind the fact that I want to be in charge and that I believe that, just like the yin-and-yang, thereís a masculine and a feminine, I believe in that in a relationship. I believe that most of our problems as black people and as people in general is that weíve forgotten our roles. The men have forgotten their roles as men; therefore, the women have forgotten their roles, and thatís where we get all this duplicity in lovemaking and duplicity in sexuality, and itís Ďcause weíve forgotten our roles and are willing to settle for less. Not that there are not legitimate people who really do like this style, but a lot of it right are like, ďNiggas ainít shit, so I want some pussy,Ē you know what I mean? And the niggas is being like, ďThese black bitches ainít shit,Ē or ďThese white bitches ainít shit.Ē For me, I canít do that. I canít turn my love off for a woman, no matter if they send me to jail and they talk shit, and they really do piss me off, but I still canít love a man. I still love women, I still get excited when they come in the room and all that. So I feel as though what I can offer is my viewpoint, who I am, my style, my lifestyle, and that I believe in my heart Iím a manís man. Iíve made myself, Iím a millionaire by my own hands, you know what I mean? I fight for myself. Iíve been fighting for myself. Iím a struggler, a striver. I take care of my family. I take everything you would want, I do it, you know what I mean? Itís just that Iím real. Iím not politically correct, but Iím a manís man, and I believe in family values.
What type of woman would it take for you to settle down?
A very, very, very strong woman, and one who is more in love with me than I was, because I have to be more in love with her than she is, and thatís what it is. Every time I fall in love with a woman, I donít fall in love with the woman she is, I fall in love with the woman that she could be. I havenít found a woman yet that fits up to my standards, and Iím sure that I donít fit up to anybodyís standards, but I havenít found one yet. But Iíve found ones that I think that have the potential to be the rawest woman in the world, you know what I mean? I feel like itís natural for a man, especially being black, to feel like heís the king, and heís looking for his queen, and thatís where Iím at right now. You canít be a king until youíve made yourself, until youíve done something, and Iíve accomplished my goals, my goals I set out to become a man. Now I feel that Iím a man now, I set out goals to make me a king; not a king of anybody else, but me. Nobody else is under my rule but me and my kids, you know what I mean? But I made myself into a king, now I need a queen to be happy so I that can be a teacher and a father. I canít be that until I find a queen, so Iím stuck in limbo.
The Lost Interview, Part 6
Do you have any movies coming out?
Yeah, Iím working on one right now with Tim Roth and Thandie Newton called Gridlockíd.
Oh, whenís it coming out?
It should be out in January-February. Weíre doing the soundtrack to it though.
Are you feeling positive about it?
Very, very positive, great. This movie is gonna be totally different. Hopefully this will do something for me. If nothing else, at best, itíll just show that I can show up on the set, on time, and still have an album that sells five million, doing my shit.
Thatís right, congratulations on that.
And still be pushing thisóthank youóand still be doing that to show just that, that I work hard. If nothing else, to show why I should not be in jail Ďcause in the little bit of time Iíve been out, Iíve made these things to show I donít need to be in jail and you can still rehabilitate my ass out here with everybody else Ďcause itís the money that rehabilitated me, not the jail.
Okay. What about father figures? You donít hear much about it Ďcause you speak about your mother, not your father. Do you have a relationship with him?
I thought my father was dead all my life. After I got shot, I looked up, and there was this nigga that looked dead on me, and he was my father, so I found out. We didnít take no blood test, but the nigga looked like me, and the other nigga is dead. So, to me, itís like, Iím past the father thing, you know what I mean? But I do want to know him and I do know him. We do talk, and he did help me when I was locked up and he did come visit me, and itís all love, but Iím past that.
What religion are you?
Iím the religion that to me is the realest religion there is. I believe in God, I try to pray to God every night unless I pass out. To me, religionÖ my idea of religion is this. I think thatÖ I learned this in jail, I talked to every god there was in jail. I think that if you take one of the ďOísĒ out of ďgood,Ē itís ďGod.Ē If you add a ďDĒ to ďevil,Ē itís ďDevil.Ē I think some cool mothafucka sat down a long time ago and said, ďLetís figure out a way that we can control mothafuckas.Ē And thatís what they came up with, itís the Bible. ĎCause if God wrote the Bible, Iím sure there wouldíve been a revised copy by now, you know what I mean? Because a lot of shit has changed, and Iíve been looking for this revised copy, and I donít see it. I still see that same old copy that theyíve had from then.
And Iím not disrespecting anybodyís religionóplease forgive me if it comes off like thatóIím just stating my opinion. I feel like we get crucified. I mean, the Bible is telling us all these people did this; because they suffered this much, thatís what makes them special. I got shot five timesóone, two, three, four, five. You know what I mean? And I got crucified to the media, you know what I mean? And I walked through with the thorns on, and I had shit thrown on me, and I had the ďthiefĒ at the top. I told that nigga, ďIíll be back for you,Ē you know what I mean? Trust me, this is not supposed to be going down, Iíll be back. So, Iím not saying Iím Jesus, but we go through that type of thing everyday. We donít part the Red Sea, but we walk through the hood without getting shot, you know what I mean? We donít turn water into wine, but we turn mothafuckiní dope heads and dope fiends into productive citizens of society, you know what I mean? We turn words into money, you know what I mean? What greater gift can there be?
So I believe God blesses us. I believe God blesses those that hustle, those that use their mind and those that overall are righteous. I believe that your karma, everything that you do bad, comes back to you. So anything that Iím doing thatís bad, Iím gonna have to suffer for, but I feel in my heart, what Iím doing is right, you know what I mean, so I feel like Iím going to heaven, you know what I mean? And I think heaven is just when you sleep, you sleep with a good conscience. You donít have nightmares. Hell is when you sleep, the last thing you see is all the fucked up things that you did in your life, and you see it over and over again. ĎCause you donít burn, Ďcause if thatís the case, itís hell on earth Ďcause bullets burn, you know what I mean? Thereís people that got burnt in fires. That means they went to hell already? You know what I mean? All that is here. So what do you got there that we ainít seen there? What, you gonna walk around aimlessly? Zombie? Nigga, thatís here, you ainít been on the streets lately? You know what I mean? But heaven is now. Look, we sitting up here, big screen, this heavenófor the moment. Hell is jail, Iíve seen that one.
Trust me, this is whatís real. And all that other shit is to control you. If the churches took half the money that they was making and gave it back to the community, weíd be alright. If they take half of the buildings that they use to praise God and gave it to mothafuckas who need God, weíd be alright. Weíd be alright! Have you seen some of these goddamn churches lately? Thereís one that take up the whole block in New York. Thereís homeless people out here, why ainít God letting them stay there? Why these niggas got gold ceilings and shit? Why God need gold ceilings to talk to me? Why do God need colored windows to talk to me? Why God canít come where Iím at, where he sent me? If God wanted to talk to me in the pretty spot like that, why the hell he sent me here then, you know what I mean? That makes ghetto kids not believe in God. Why? So thatís the wrong religion. I believe in God, I believe God puts us wherever we want to be at, then it makes sense that God would put us in the ghetto. That means He wants us to work hard to get up out of here. That means Heís testing us even more. That makes sense. It makes sense that if youíre good in your heart, then youíre closer to God. But if youíre evil, youíre closer to the devil. That makes sense, I see that everyday. All that other spooky shit donít make sense.
And I donít even believeóIím not dissing themóbut I donít believe in the brothas I was in jail with and having conversations with. ďIím god, Iím god.Ē If you god, then open the gate for me. You know how far the sun is and how far the moon is. How the hell do I pop this fucking gate? And get me free up out of here? Then Iíll be a Five-Percenter for life. But, Iíve never seen it.
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