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Too $hort Reveals Why He Kept 2Pac Away From His Friends

The Bay Area legend Too $hort is plenty of tales, and in a recent interview, he offered a couple of his personal 2Pac tales.

Despite the fact that Short Dawg was five years older than him, the two rap legends who once shared a residence in The Bay traveled the same paths. However, Short was reluctant to tell his other pals about 2Pac for fear that they might prod Pac to take part in illegal street activities.

Too $hort Reveals His Reason

“I’ve been platinum before most n-ggas,” he told the 85 South Show. “Shock G was the leader of Digital Underground, but 2Pac was the little homie in the crew. But 2Pac started coming of age and I looked at him, I liked the n-gga. But I’m an East Oakland n-gga, right? And I seen him, he used to always keep his little thing, he was not a punk. He was ready for whatever. He was a real one.”

“But I was like, ‘I cannot bring this n-gga around my homies ‘cause it’s going to be like oil and fire.’ When 2Pac got to L.A., he went 10,000 mph. I knew it! I was like, ‘I cannot bring this n-gga around my homies,’ so I literally made a conscious effort to not ever bring 2Pac to — he found his way to Richie Rich; he gave ‘Pac the town.”

He added: “I said I wouldn’t do it ‘cause I wouldn’t want that guilt. I can’t bring ’em around them n-ggas ‘cause the kind of n-ggas I was running with the time, they would have been like, ‘Oh you wanna be a G? Come on n-gga, let’s go be a G.’”

Recalling A Legend

The track “We Do This,” from Too $hort’s 1995 album Cocktails, features MC Breed and Father Dom in addition to 2Pac. Following a drive-by shooting, 2Pac passed away almost a year later.

On September 7, 1996, 2Pac and former CEO of Death Row Suge Knight were ambushed after leaving the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon fight at the MMG Grand in Las Vegas. At the University of Nevada Medical Center, he passed away six days later.

Earlier that fateful night, Too $hort has saw 2Pac. He recalled this memory during a 2021 episode of his Youtube series, $hort Stories.

“I saw 2Pac the night he got shot in Vegas, he said. “It was probably about a couple of hours, maybe, before it happened. I went tot the fight, it was one of those classic Mike Tyson fights. He knocked him out in like 90 seconds. I was staying at the Luxor, and we were going in the hotel, and 2Pac, Suge and small little entourage, they was leaving.

“We stopped and talked for a minute or so, and he said, ‘We about to switch up the fits and head to Club 662. It’s going to be open mic and everybody’s going to get on the mic.’ I said cool, ‘We’re going to be there.’ He never made it.”

While the 1996 murder of 2Pac is still an unsolved case, two podcasts are attempting to do their part by providing a reward to anyone with information that helps identify the enigmatic Las Vegas shooter.

The Problem Solver Show and the Action Junkeez Podcast have joined forces to make a $100,000 reward offer to anyone who can solve the case, catch the killer, and get them sentenced to prison.

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