Appearing on BHighTV, Dame Dash gave his thoughts on Hip Hop’s most talked about beef between Biggie Smalls and 2Pac.
When asked about how he personally felt about the Biggie and 2Pac beef, Dash couldn’t understand why the music industry was conducting itself like the streets. “I didn’t come here for this. I got out the streets to get the f–k away from this,” said Dame Dash. “I couldn’t even understand this sh-t.”
In 1995, Dame Dash along with Jay-Z and Kareem Biggs founded Roc-A-Fella Records. The label operated as a division of Def Jam Recordings and featured Jay-Z’s debut album ‘Reasonable Doubt’.
During this in the mid-nineties, the beef between Biggie Smalls and 2Pac become personal and intense with every passing day. From Shakur being shot in New York to Biggie Smalls releasing the single ‘Who Shot Ya’ and of course 2Pac’s classic ‘Hit ‘Em Up‘ diss record.
“When things is publicized, that’s what keeps things going. Those are the triggers. Embarrassing people. The public’s responsibility is to ignore this stupid sh-t, but nobody ignores the dumb sh-t,” Dame Dash explained.
Over the years after the passing of 2Pac and Biggie many have blamed the media for the so called East Coast Vs. West Coast war. Although the beef was personal for Shakur, he did feel at the time the media played a role in turning the beef into a coastal war.
“The east coast, west coast thing is something that the journalists and people are making up just to get paid out of this and so it can drag out. So they’re perpetuating this so there could be drama, which I still love MTV. But when it all goes down, don’t look at me and Biggie and be like why is there a big east coast, west coast war when you’re shooting this to 30 – 300 homes, 300 countries telling them about a east coast, west coast war. They would never know it exists. So that’s where information becomes a problem,” 2Pac said during his last interview with MTV News.