Most Wanted: Tupac and Snoop
April 12, 1996 -- Star rappers Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur
spent a lot of time lately trying to stay out of jail.
Unsuccessfully, in the case of Shakur, who is headed back to
the slammer for a 4-month refresher course for disdaining to
do road clean-up work for a parole violation. But the
under-fire duo also have flourishing musical careers, and
when they shot a video in Los Angeles last weekend for their
duet track, "Two of America's Most Wanted," we paid
TUPAC SHAKUR: The video is just as much a Snoop video as
it is mine.
SNOOP DOGGY DOGG: It's setting up my album.
TUPAC: We all move as one cause Death Row, we really like
that, you know what I mean?
SNOOP: We're a track and field team.
TUPAC: We're gonna tag team all day.
MTV: And if there's a tag team around that knows about
being wanted men, it's certainly Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg.
"Two Of Americaz Most Wanted," was written when
Snoop's murder trial was beginning and just as Tupac's jail
sentence had ended.
SNOOP: When I wrote it I was so happy that Pac was outta
jail. I wanted people to know that I was thinking about my
case and I was thinking about him as well, because if they
take me away they gotta let him go. You can take one of us ,
but you can't take both of us and if you let us both go
that's where you really did f*ck up.
SOREN: Snoop, when you were in court I know you went off
to shoot a couple videos. How does it finally feel to shoot a
music video and not have to wake up and go to early court in
the morning? Feeling a bit more relaxed?
SNOOP: I think I got too relaxed. I've been lazy. To these
videos, I been lazy.
MTV: This time it's Tupac calling the shots as the video's
director-instructing Snoop and other Death Row label mates
like Nate Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound. But Tupac isn't stopping
there, he plans to make movies with Snoop as well.
TUPAC: We're gonna be better than Lethal Weapon, better
than Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, we're gonna make you think
about 48 Hours, we're gonna hit you with something and it's
gonna be like, "da*n, there's the future of black
cinema. There's the future of cinema in the '90s." When
Quentin Tarantino, when he put out his pictures, they all
gangster pictures, and they all get critically acclaimed. We
get treated like the bad messenger and he gets treated like
King Solomon, which I don't want no harm to come over Quentin
Tarantino cause I enjoy his movies, but I'm just showing how
we both doing the same thing and we're both looked upon
SNOOP: You know what I think Pac, maybe he need to come
get at us and put us in one of his movies.
TUPAC: I'm willing to say Quentin Tarantino and John Woo,
can't even f*ck with me and Snoop's stories.
MTV: With a new movie division and a new east coast office
in New York, plus a restaurant on the drawing board, Snoop
and Tupac's label, Death Row Records, is spreading it's wings
and these guys say they're ready.
TUPAC: There's not two more confident individuals in this
business than myself and Snoop. When people go back and see
what we was like living in 1996, and what was going on, I'm
almost willing to bet my life and Doggs's betting his life
that's it's going to be our stories that they're listening
to, I can guarantee you.
On that video shoot, we asked Snoop and Tupac about the
recent news that the gifted producer Dr. Dre, who introduced
Snoop to the rap world and produced his records has left
Death Row Records. And here's what they had to say.
SNOOP: Basically, I don't like to, you know, make too many
comments on that. I'd just like to say that, you know what
I'm sayin', I'm in the studio doin' my thing, you know? It's
goin' to be fly. It's goin' to be real fly. And for the
people out there who buy my album to support it, be on the
lookout for the same thing, just with a new twist. And that's
how I'm going to leave that situation, like that. That ain't
for me to speak of.
TUPAC: Homeboys... I ain't goin' to speak on that subject,
I'll just say in general. Homeboys need to stick together.
And if your homeboy don't show loyalty to you, or if your
homeboy isn't there when you need him most, he's probably not
going to be there through the kinda hard times. So that kinda
like lets you know who you should be with and you shouldn't
be with. And, I always say, what's done in the dark always
comes to light.