A Nas track originally recorded 25 years ago which disses the late Tupac Shakur has resurfaced and the internet is going crazy.
It appears Nas perhaps lied to Tupac when he said a line in the song “The Message” was not directed at Shakur. The rare verse starts off with, “Fake thug, no love, you get the slug,” Nas’ opening bars from “The Message”. As fans get to hear the unrelease verse of a song titled “Real Ni–as”, Nas takes a shot at Tupac. “From tube-socks in Timbs to blue rocks and Benz / Who got the ends, the type of ni–a 2Pac pretends / To all ni–as who shine, guess who got revenge / I won’t showboat, my flow choke you.”
Back in 1996, the infamous face off between two iconic figures in Hip Hop occurred at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards after party in New York at Bryant Park. During his media run for his 2020 release “King’s Disease“, Nas recalled what he and Tupac spoke about. “We had a great convo. He explained that he thought I was dissing him on the song “The Message”,” Nas said during his interview with Ebro In The Morning. “Last person I was even thinking about when I wrote that record.”
Did Nas diss Tupac in “The Message”?
The lyrics Tupac was speaking of is right from when the song ‘The Message’ kicks off, “Fake thug, no love, you get the slug / CB4 Gusto, Your luck low, I didn’t know til I was drunk though / You freak ni–az played out, get f–ked and ate out / Prostitute turned b—-, I got the gauge out,” rapped Nas on The Message.
Tupac and Nas face-to-face in New York
Nas would also mentioned Snoop Dogg and stated that the Dogg father had the story slightly incorrect. “I heard Snoop told the story a few times, but he had it wrong a little bit,” Nas said. Although it has been told that Tupac stepped to Nas, according to the Queens native it was him that approached Shakur.
Former member of the Outlawz, Napoleon also touched on the infamous meeting in his autobiography Life Is Raw. Napoleon’s account of what occurred can be heard in the audio version of the Life Is Raw. “I think Pac was doing an interview when all of a sudden he just took off. I was like, ‘Where he going?’. Then I look over in the direction and Nas was making his way towards us. I was like, ‘Nah, Nas don’t want none of this’,” Napoleon recalls in the audio clip.
Shakur and Nas would end up putting the misunderstanding behind them and decided to link up in Vegas three days later. But, unfortunately Tupac was shot on the Vegas strip on September 7 and passed away 6 days after. Nas has also stated before that Tupac promised to remove any diss references towards Nas on the upcoming Makaveli album. The album was eventually released as Shakur recorded it.
This indeed was accurate according to Suge Knight who confirmed during an interview. “Pac wouldn’t attack anyone that was real. Like I said, Pac was a man with a lot of respect,” Suge Knight said during a 1996 interview with BET. “On our way back home Pac said, ‘When we get to the studio, all the negative stuff I said about Nas, ima take him out and put somebody else who deserves that.”