THR: Tupac, Jay-Z, Will Smith and Mariah Carey have all insulted you in songs. How do you feel about that?
Williams: Without those song mentions, I might not be on TV right now. There is a large segment who may have never heard about me on the radio, but they heard Tupac tell me I needed to go to Jenny Craig. Or Mariah Carey tell me that I’m all up in her business. So I love them for that.
Tupac may be dead, but his temper lives on forever.
After Allen and Albert Hughes fired Pac in 1993 from their seminal film, Menace II Society, Shakur spearheaded a physical attack on Allen. A few years ago, the brothers opened up to Complex magazine about the infamous altercation.
“Tupac hit him from behind,” Albert said. “Allen turned around and threw him on top of the car … Tupac was like, ‘Go get my chain!’ and he let everybody else go at my brother. Allen got beat up by like 15 guys but he stayed on his feet.”
On this day in 1994, Pac began a 15-day jail sentence for his role in the attack. And to commemorate, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Tupac freakouts. Check ‘em out after the cut.
Shares of Digital Domain (DDMG) have surged more than 50% since the company noted last month that its technology was used to “reunite” Tupac with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during an appearance at the Coachella music festival.
But Stewart grew bashful name-checking her Grammy-winning friend. “I have a buddy who has absolutely no qualms being in front of millions of people,” she started to explain. “I’m not dropping — I feel like a weirdo right now — I was with Katy Perry. I walked behind her through…she wanted to sit up front. She’s like, ‘Hey, you want to go watch the Tupac stuff? It will be awesome.’ I was like, ‘Yeah!’ “
This is where the conversation really gets interesting. He then described an alleged argument between the two rap superstars that concluded with Tupac bolting and calling Dre a “fag*ot.”
“Tupac said ‘I’m tired of this [meeting]. Dre you is a fag*ot.’”
Knight said Dr. Dre responded and said: “First of all I’m not a fag*ot … I’m not homosexual, I’m bi-sexual. If I wanna pound some butt I can do a woman. I’m bi-sexual because I like to get pounded in the butt.”
“That was crazy,” he said of the late rapper’s hologram that performed with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at the recent Coachella Music Festival. “That was like, ‘Whoa! Hey, that’s a little too good. Let’s back that technology off a little bit.’”
Asked if he thought virtual Tupac went too far, Smith said, “No, it was great! But it was so great that it was chilling. That’s the world that we live in now, so it’s just a matter of the artist figuring out how to create it in a way that it’s most effective for the audience.”