That night when I went to the studio, there were three
sessions going on. There was Little Shawn's session, then
upstairs SWV was happening, and on the other floor Biggie Smalls
[The Notorious B.I.G.] was doing his thing. Hope was in the air
and success was all around. Everybody was all excited about Pac
comin' in, but we were starting to get antsy because he was
supposed to get there at a certain time, and we wanted to see how
this song with Little Shawn was going to set off.
When he got off the elevator, we were all standing in the
hall. Tupac was just bopping back and forth saying, "I was
set up." At first I didn't realize he had been shot, because
he wasn't bleeding heavily from the head. It looked like he had a
fight. He said, "It's not goin' down like that." I was,
like, "Yo, Money, you shot. You need to sit down." He
told Stretch to roll him up a spliff. He was in movie mode at
this point. He did the whole James Cagney thing.
I said, "Let's call the ambulance." I was basically
the one who was taking care of the police and the ambulance
people. I wasn't making any calls; I was directing the studio
exactly who to call, so I was talking more to Stretch because the
paramedics were looking at Pac. There was no need for me to look
at the wound.
I remember telling Stretch, "You got to go with
him." 'Cause I wasn't trusting the police with Tupac. He had
too many open issues with the police. I was feeling like
something could have happened between the ride and the hospital.
I ended up staying in the studio till 4 in the morning, 'cause
the police interviewed everybody and wouldn't let anybody leave.
I tried to call the hospital when I was walking out of the studio
to see if I could go by there. They said they were looking at him
and nobody could see him.
I was glad Tupac said he was basically through with the whole
bad-guy image and that he wants to redirect his energy. So I
guess there was some level of positivity that came out from all
this. I want to go and see Pac and just talk to him, see where
his head is at. 'Cause he knows what's real and what's not, and
in the quietness of his mind, you know, he's dealing with all the
truth. And for me, that's almost enough.