2Pac '96 Interview
Issue: Nov. 1996
Story Headline: Last Testament
Background: In his last interview before his untimely death, 2Pac opened up about his beef with Bad Boy and eerily prophesied his own murder. Just a couple months before, Puffy begged for things to come to an end and peacefully, but only half of this wish came true. In the same month VIBE released the Biggie/Puff article, 'Pac was murdered after leaving a Mike Tyson fight in Vegas. In this interview, 'Pac was clearly more aggressive and vengeful than the imprisoned 2Pac to whom Kevin Powell had spoken. After his release from prison, 'Pac joined forces with the notorious Suge Knight and Death Row Records and began going twice as hard with his unforgiving verses and threats toward Bad Boy and the East Coast.
Memorable Quotes: "I lived and almost died for Thug Life. And after that VIBE article, people said "Tupac, I thought Thug Life was dead." Yeah, but read the rest of the article. Puffy, in that letter in VIBE, gave me some advice that brought me back to the Thug Life shit. He said you can't be a thug for a second or a minute and get in and out of it, you gotta be in it forever. He didn't mean it as advice at the time, he said it to dampen things. So now, when I'm whoopin' his ' muthafuckin ass, and it hurts, and all these people talkin' about "Stop, now," remember what he told me. These words came out of his mouth.
“Every time I go platinum, somebody's getting' a big check. I feel like an elected official. You know what I thought when I was in jail, I was, like, No politician is even getting' at us. I represent five million fuckin' sales. And no politician is even checkin' for us. But by the next election I promise I'll be sitting across from all the candidates. I promise you! I'm a be so far from where I am now in four years-God willin' I'm alive-it's on! I guarantee we will have our own political party. It won't just be for blacks. It's goin' be for Mexicans, for Armenians, all you lost-tribe muthafuckas. We need to have our own political party 'cause we have the same muthafuckin' problems. We built this nation and we get none of the benefits.”