Keyshia Cole appeared on the Fat Joe Show via Instagram Live where she reminisced about her interactions with Tupac Shakur. According to Keyisha, she was only 14-years old when asked by Tupac to sign with his own record label.
When asked about Pac’s influence on Cole, Fat Joe did not realize that Keyshia actually met Shakur. “I actually did know him. He wanted to sign me when he was with Kidada, Quincy Jones daughter. He was gonna leave Death Row and go to sign with Quincy.”
Tupac would sign with Death Row records in 1995, when Suge Knight put up $1.4 million to bail out Shakur. Part of the agreement was 3 albums Tupac would release with Death Row. Two of the three album deal was completed when Tupac released his double album in All Eyez On Me. Few months later he would record the final album of the deal in just 3 days. The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was release posthumously in November of 96. (Also view: Rick Ross Talks About How The Makaveli Album Hit Him)
Kendrick Wells Tupac’s personal assistant claimed Shakur was ready to form his Euthanasia record label. Tupac’s vision for the label was to give back to the communities and sign positive artists. “That was gonna be positive. It was gonna be connected to community things. He really saw himself going on the edge as an artist this way. So, he wanted to give back this way,” Kendrick told Cam Capone News.
“He wanted me to go over there because he said that Death Row is not the place for kids,” Keyshia explained. “But, its just unfortunate that on our way to Vegas, when we went that time, he got shot. He didn’t come back from that trip.”
Tupac and Keyshia connection was made possible because of Sean “Nuttso” Cole, an artist from the Bay Area who not only recorded music with Tupac but is the brother of Keyshia Cole.
Not only was Keyshia Cole going to sign to Shakur’s label, but the two were ready to record a song together. In 2018 Keyshia Cole appeared on the Steve Harvey show where she recalled the last conversation she had with Tupac. “It was just weird though because the night he was saying he wanted me to work with him when we get back to L.A., it seemed like he was talking like he knew he wasn’t gonna make it.”
Cole would even question Tupac. “Why are you talking to be like you’re not gonna back to L.A.” Keyshia said. “Just giving me a lot of advice like don’t worry about things. You’re gonna be a huge star. You’re a beautiful person. You gotta remember that guys are gonna wanna love you because you’re beautiful. But, there’s also gonna be another reason why they’re gonna hurt you. You just gotta stay focus.”
Although the two never record a song together before his passing, Keyshia Cole was fortunate to appear on a posthumous single with Tupac. In 2006, The Tupac Estate released Pac’s Life, which featured Keyshia on the song Playa Cardz Right. Keyshia would also use the song on her album A Different Me, accompanied by a music video.