Spice 1 speaks on QD3’s comment about Michael Jackson nixing plans for a Tupac collaboration by stating Janet Jackson could have played a part in that.
Tupac Shakur’s friend Spice 1 details his thoughts on Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, and Janet Jackson connection that could have changed the trajectory of their lives and music in the interview below.
Spice 1 believes Michael Jackson should have duplicated “Beat It” with Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG in terms of calling a truce between the two coasts. Although jokingly stating that Michael could have got Tupac on one side and Biggie Smalls on the other side similar to how he had separated real bloods and crips on the set of “Beat It” music video.
This revelation came through the director Bob Giraldi about Michael Jackson actually try to create peace between the two Los Angeles gangs.
“So he tried to use the video to foster peace between them? Michael was always about peace. He was always about some sort of peace offering. That was his idea and the cops did go along with it and as history has it, we were almost shut down the first night because, as you know, film sets get to be very boring after the first hour.
I guess the Crips and Bloods started to get on each other’s nerves – they are mortal enemies – and we had a few incidents and two cops came to me and said they wanted to close it down. I somehow convinced the cop squad guy to just let me [shoot the] dance. I was gonna hold the dance for the second night of shooting. I said, ‘The only thing I can think that’ll save this is to let me just blast the music. I have a feeling it’ll calm everything down. Can’t get any worse, just give me a chance.’ And the cop was cool, he looked at me and said, ‘OK, not much more.’ I couldn’t go much more because it was volatile – no question about it – and scary. So we were in that warehouse, change of plans we’re going to do the dance, get Michael out of the camper, here we go”.
“What happened next? The gang members couldn’t dance so they formed the ring and watched. And the [dancers] all started to dance with Michael Peters and Vince Paterson. When Michael Jackson comes down and does what he does, I remember looking at the faces of all the Crips and Bloods lined up and their expressions as they listened to that music and watched those kids dance. Those kids were basically, most of them were gay… and when they started to dance, the Crips and the Bloods had that look like, ‘You know what? With all our wars and vendettas and stuff, that’s cool right there. That’s something we’ll never be able to do.’ And that’s what made that evening work.”
One of the gang members from the “Beat It” music video speaks on the time below.
Art Of Dialgoue then changes the topic to Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. The rumor that Janet wanted him to take an Aids test on set of “Poetic Justice” was brought up despite the rumor being quelled by John Singleton before his passing.
Spice 1 believes it may have played a part in the turning down of the Michael Jackson and 2Pac collaboration. He also stated how he was in Tupac’s ear about getting with Janet Jackson. “Man you need to go holla at Janet,” stated Spice 1.
“I did not disagree if we were really going to make love,” the outspoken rapper would tell MTV in 1993 about his initial response to the request. “But if I’m gonna do a love scene with her just like somebody else did and they didn’t take a test, I’m not taking a test.”
It turned out that in 2017 during an interview with The Drink Champs, the director of the movie John Singleton revealed the truth behind this controversy.
“No that was not serious.” “That was a joke that we used to have on set, because the real talk is Tupac was attracted to Janet, I was attracted to Janet. We’re on the set, we’re both trying to flirt with her and then I was like, ‘I don’t know if I should have him kissing on my actress when you’ve been f—king around, because you know Pac was just coming and going then.’ Then, I was like better yet you gonna have to do an AIDS test before y’all do this love scene [but] it was a joke.”
Spice 1 did say he had a conversation with Tupac about Janet and he says Tupac informed him that he was trying to get with the legendary actress/singer, but “she was taking too long.”
Spice 1 said what really upset Janet Jackson the most was Shakur sleeping with one of her backup dancers. “That kind of ended everything right there,” said Spice 1. Check out the interview above.