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Tupac’s Cousin Kastro On Hit ‘Em Up Impact Via Rare Footage

Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Kastro, former member of the Outlawz and cousin of Tupac Shakur, has been released by Naploeon another ex-member of the iconic Hip Hop group.

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The footage stems from Napoleon’s documentary titled ‘Life Of An Outlaw‘. During the interview with Kastro for the documentary, Jamala, cousin to Shakur and Kastro, is heard asking him various questions. One of the questions asked was Hit ‘Em Up’s impact in Hip Hop.

Tupac's Cousin Kastro On Hit 'Em Up Impact Via Rare Footage
Napoleon and Kastro (2016)

“It shook up the rap game because in Hip Hop you got beef records and people going back and forth, but what Pac did with that record is he made it very personal.”

Various artists within the Hip Hop community till this day reflect on what many call the greatest diss record of all time. Eminem in the past has ranked the song as the number one diss song of all time.

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Others such as Ice Cube felt Shakur and the Outlawz took it “too far”. Appearing on the Genius YouTube channel, Cube was interviewed by Rob Markman where the west coast legend stated, “I think he went too far. If I’m mad at you trust me I could think of five verses for just you. I don’t have to go at your family, your kids, your whole life. It’s one on one mano a mano in a way.” (View: Ice Cube Talks Tupac Diss Record Hit ‘Em Up.)

“He [Tupac] made it to where you had to do something,” Kastro explained. “You couldn’t just rap no more. You either had to do something or say nothing.”

Released in 1996, Hit ‘Em Up shocked the industry as Shakur claimed to have had sex with Biggie Smalls wife at the time, Faith Evans. The lyrical assault did not end there, as Tupac out lashed at the end of the record on anyone siding with Biggie Smalls.

“It changed the way beef songs were done ever since then. Now they’re more personal. So, what Hit ‘Em Up did for the Hip Hop community is turned that sh-t upside down,” said Kastro, who was featured on the classic diss song.

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