Since the passing of the two rap icons Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., there have unfortunately been a lot of questions still hovering around their relationship and other personal details of their lives. In a new interview on Sway’s Universe, The Outlawz set the record straight on a few points regarding one of their members, Tupac.
One of the biggest takeaways from the hour-long interview below is when E.D.I. Mean explains how Tupac wanted to end the beef with Biggie, especially since the media had drummed it up to be something that wasn’t accurate: “I was telling [Young Noble] yesterday: we gotta tell people [that] one of the last things [Tupac Shakur] told us was, ‘Yo, this shit with Biggie is over. I’m done with it. I’m wiping my hands with it after the [Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory album released as Makaveli], I ain’t even speaking on that no more. ‘Cause at the end of the day, Big is my brother.’ He actually said that.” E.D.I. Mean later would add, “He [Tupac] said, ‘Look, Big [is] my brother; I just wanted to give him a spankin’ real quick. I’m done with it. Mission accomplished. Let’s move on. Let’s move on.’ Absolutely, that’s what he said.”
Young Noble continued with, “That’s when we started on the One Nation album. He started bringin’ all the East Coast and West Coast dudes all together. Boot Camp [Clik] were the first dudes we brought out. That’s where Pac’s spirit was at. Greg Nice [came too]. He was gonna bring everybody. He was gonna bring Nas out. He was gonna go crazy and really bring everything together. He didn’t like the way [the beef was portrayed]. Of course ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ and different things started the shit, but how the media made it [coastal], he hated it.”
For those doubting The Outlawz’s ability to find their own success after Tupac’s passing, Young Noble told a caller on the show “We made our first million dollars, independently, in 2000.” E.D.I. continued, “And be clear: Pac is only on one album.”
E.D.I. Mean and Young Noble both appear in the upcoming All Eyez On Me film.