Hip Hop icon Nas has recently been on a media run promoting his latest studio album ‘King’s Disease‘. During an interview with Hot 97‘s Ebro in the Morning, Nas retold the story when he and Tupac had a face-to-face meeting in New York. Although the story has been told by various sources throughout the years, many forget that Suge Knight also spoke about the infamous meeting.
The 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. “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.”
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.
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.
As heard on the latest video uploaded by journalist Gab of Makaveli Media, even Suge Knight himself confirmed Tupac’s promise to Nas and explained why the diss was left on the posthumous Makaveli album.
“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.”