Snoop Dogg And Tupac: Before, During, And After Death Row Records

Appearing on the Red Table Talk hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, Snoop Dogg is being criticized for using Tupac in a negative light to make himself look better.

Before diving into what happened during the interview on the Red Table Talk show, we take a look at the Snoop Dogg and Tupac relationship.

Snoop Dogg and Tupac meet

Back in 1993, Tupac Shakur had just completed the movie Poetic Justice, which also featured Pop icon Janet Jackson. Many were in attendance such as Ice Cube, Michael Rapaport, and up and coming west coast artist, Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Dogg And Tupac
Snoop and Tupac, MTV 1996 (The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

On this very night, Tupac and Snoop Dogg would meet for the very first time. No photo or video of the night has surfaced yet, but Michael Rapaport recalls the special moment during an interview with Cece & Romeo of 93.5 KDAY. “That night was a cool night because I saw with my own eyes and heard the conversation between Tupac when he first, the very first time met Snoop Dogg,” said Rapaport.

Did Snoop copy Tupac?

Snoop would go on to become one the west coast’s biggest Hip Hop artist. After releasing “Gin And Juice”, the hit single produced by Dr. Dre, Snoop’s career was set.

Interesting enough, DJ King Assassin was interviewed by The Art of Dialogue, where he explained how Snoop copied Tupac when making the hit “Gin And Juice”. More on this story here.

DJ King Assassin claims that Snoop Dogg would copy Tupac’s lyrics on ‘Gotta Get Mine’, and use it for the hit single ‘Gin and Juice’. Gotta Get Mine would also feature Detriot’s own MC Breed.

“I keep my mind on my money, money on my mind
Finger on the tri**er, ni**a, hand on my 9
Smokin’ blunts a skunk, making holes in punks
And only underground funk pumpin’ outta my trunk,” Tupac verse on Gotta Get Mine

“Rollin’ down the street, smokin’ indo
Sippin’ on gin and juice, laid back
With my mind on my money
And my money on my mind
Rollin’ down the street, smokin’ indo
Sippin’ on gin and juice, laid back
With my mind on my money
And my money on my mind,” Snoop on Gin and Juice.

Eventually Tupac and Snoop would become label mates with Death Row records. But, there is inconsistency throughout the years when it comes to who was really responsible in bringing Tupac to the notorious label.

1995 Source Awards

Going back as far as the 1995 Source Awards at MSG in New York. During the time of the awards Tupac was locked up as he had been convicted of the alleged rape by Ayanna Jackson.

During an interview with the Breakfast Club, Snoop reflected on the history making night. He would also go on to take credit for the Tupac cardboard cutout that appeared on stage that night.

“If you notice the Source Awards when we all performed at that night when Snoop said all that and Suge said all that, it was a manikin or a poster of Tupac in cell. Everybody had a cell. Tupac’s shit was in the cell but he wasn’t even on Death Row. He wasn’t even a thought of a bill on Death Row,” explains Snoop.

“That was me saying I want cuz to be with us. I want New York to see that we got cuz back, cause we was hearing stories about things that was happening to him in jail and we couldn’t do nothing to help him,” added Snoop.

Tupac cardboard cutout at the 1995 Source awards

Former Death Row head of security Reggie Wright Jr. interviewed by The Art Of Dialogue, says Snoop lied about the cardboard cutout. Recalling that it was Suge Knight’s idea in the first place. “Man I don’t know what’s wrong with Dogg, but he just making up shit.”

Tupac Cardboard Cutout at the 1995 Source Awards
Tupac cardboard cutout @ 1995 Source Awards

Reggie Wright Jr. with good reason claims Snoop is a liar about taking credit for the Tupac cutout at the Source Awards.

Why? Well for the simple reason that Reggie was there when Suge Knight made the call for the cutout! “I was with Suge when he came up with that idea. But I remember Suge on the phone talking to his assistant Roy at the office and was like “man yeah I need a big ol’ cardboard picture of Pac, cause now we agreed on principal, and he gon sign with Death Row when he come home.”

Suge Knight at the 1995 Source Awards
Suge Knight at the 1995 Source Awards

Reggie continues, “I want these motherf**kas from New York know that Pac wit us now. I’ma put a big ol’ picture of him in a cell on the stage. This gon be sitting on a chair or something, inside the cell block. So everybody would now that Pac is now with Death Row.” He was saying that on the way, as soon as he walked out the prison. That was like the first call he made to his office.”

Reggie remembers this day vividly, to the point of him and Suge walking from Madison Square Garden to the Fedex store to pick up the Tupac cutout poster. “Now to be honest it wasn’t ready yet and it wasn’t there, so I don’t know who eventually picked it up.”

Tupac joins Death Row records

Regardless of who was really responisble for the Tupac cardboard cutout, Tupac Shakur would end up signing with Death Row records.

Former owner of Death Row records, Suge Knight, would pay the million dollar plus bail for Tupac, and in return Pac would be obligated to records three records with his new label.

Tupac would release his debut album on Death Row records titled “All Eyez On Me“, a double album that would eventually reach diamond status.

On the iconic album, Snoop Dogg would make an appearance on the song “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted”. Aside from the hit single, Tupac and Snoop would appear on commercials, awrd shows, and even perform together on stage at the House of Blues.

Was Snoop Dogg responsible for Tupac joining Death Row records?

Tupac impact when joining Death Row records was tremendous, benefiting Pac and the label. But who was really responsible for bringing Tupac over to Death Row records?

snoop dogg and tupac and suge knight
Tupac, Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight

Appearing on various shows such as The Breakfast Club and Big Bog TV, Snoop took credit for Tupac getting out of jail and joining Death Row records.

“I’m the reason why Tupac was on Death Row. I told Suge go get Tupac. I’m the reason for a lot of things that happened cause I was the one that always to speak up. Nah that ain’t right. Nah I ain’t wit that. Even when Pac and Biggie was into it. I would tell Pac, nah cuz, that ain’t cool. He don’t want none,” explains Snoop on Big Boy TV.

Tupac’s ex-wife Keisha Morris

Once again former head of security for Death Row records, Reggie Wright Jr. says no! Claiming that Keisha Morris, Tupac’s ex-wife, was the one who played the biggest role.

Tupac and Keisha Morris

“Keisha did make the phone call and reached out to Suge. Uh, number one, the main thing was uh, ‘Pac felt like Interscope had left him for dead. He had the number one album in the country out. And he was broke. He didn’t have any money and his mom was homeless,” explained Reggie.

“He knew that Suge had a great relationship and influence over at Interscope records. That was the main reason that he reached out to Suge and wanted Keisha to call him and for him to get up there,” continues Reggie.

“For him to be out here portraying and tryna fool everybody like “hey Suge Death Row doing good and we got all this money, we’re making things happen. Why don’t you go up there and see about getting Pac out of jail, cause man that will take us to another level.” He is a mother f**king liar. He’s lying. It didn’t go like that,” says Reggie referring to Snoop claiming he got Pac to Death Row records.

The dream pairing of Hip Hop’s top stars would quickly take a turn, as their relationship would come to an end. Tupac who was in a heated war with Bad Boys records and their top artist Biggie Smalls, felt betrayed by Snoop Dogg.

Also view: Lil Shawn Finally Speaks About Rape Incident: I Know Tupac Didn’t Do It

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards would take place in New York City. Many were shocked when Tupac and Snoop showed up to the awards show despite the tension between the West and East.

Why was Tupac mad at Snoop Dogg?

Snoop Dogg would appear on New York’s Hip Hop radio station Hot 97, the very next day. Interviewed by radio personality Angie Martinez.

During the interview, Snoop was asked how he felt about Puffy and Biggie. Snoop’s reply stating he was “cool with them”, infuriated Tupac.

Snoops reasoning for his comments were explained on the special “Untold Stories of Hip Hop”. Hosted by Angie Martinez, Snoop Dogg would further explain himself, Biggie, Puffy and Tupac were always friends before.

On the hand during the time, Tupac felt betrayed by his label mate. Tupac felt Snoop’s loyalty should have been with him and Death Row records.

After completing the 1996 interview with Angie Martinez, Snoop headed back to his hotel. Snoop would get word from his uncle that Tupac was trippin’, after hearing Snoop’s interview on Hot 97.

Last time Snoop Dogg saw Tupac alive

Speaking on the last time Snoop would ever see Tupac alive again, the Dogg father recalled an incident that occurred on the plane days prior to Tupac’s passing.

Last photo of Tupac Shakur
Tupac’s last photo (Photo by Leonard Jefferson)

During the plane ride back home on September 6, 1996, Snoop was not allowed to have his security with him. Suge explained that Snoop’s security would have to take a regular flight home.

Snoop Dogg would receive the silent treatment throughout the five and a half flight. Snoop ended up sitting back on a seat with a blanket covering half his face. Underneath the blanket he held a fork and a knife.

Once they landed, everyone went to their Rolls-Royce. It was then that Snoop asked Tupac if he was headed to Vegas to watch the Tyson fight. Tupac shaking his head wouldn’t say a word to Snoop. This would be the last time Snoop saw Tupac alive.

Snoop Dogg inducts Tupac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tupac would end up being shot four times on the Vegas strip on September 7, 1996. Twenty-one years later, Snoop had the honor of inducting Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Hall of Fame.

Many questioned the decision of having Snoop induct Tupac, but at the end the Tupac Estate and the Rock and Roll Hall went with the Dogg father.

Also view: Tupac’s Tattoos, How Much Do You Really Know About Them?

“I mean the shit he was saying to me in that moment was different though. He seen me as an actor. He saw more potential in me than I saw in myself. And it’s funny because after he passed away, I started getting a lot of movie roles, and I always felt that ‘Pac was looking out for his nigga—even after he was gone,” Snoop during his speech as he inducts Tupac.

Did Snoop shade Tupac during Red Table Talk?

As Snoop Dogg appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith‘s “Red Table Talk”, when he was questioned about using “b****” and “h**” in his music, past and present, Snoop decided to drag Tupac into the conversation.

“Even me and Pac got into cause he was like, he wanted me to stay gangsta. And, I was like cuz, I got a baby on the way, I just beat a murder cause, I have a lot to live for. He had no kids,” said Snoop.

After hearing the interview, many have criticized Snoop for bringing up Pac for what many felt was not necessary. Also given the fact that Snoop has told the story before how Tupac was responsible for Snoop’s marriage.

Snoop once told the story how everyone around him was telling him to forget about his girl at the time who eventually became his wife.

Tupac on the other hand told Snoop not to listen to everyone else, telling the Snoop that she is the only woman that loves him, and to stick together. Which Snoop did, as Tupac’s advice stood out amongst the negativity.

Snoop was forever appreciative for Pac’s advice, and was also surprised by it, considering the fact that at the time Tupac did not have a relationship of his own.

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