The 1990’s saw heated rivalries in hip hop which have effects on today’s current scene in terms of certain rappers not being alive to smell their roses. Also, it can be argued that some hip hop artists never got the chance to reach their full potential as business men or entertainers such as Jay Z, LL Cool J, and Ice Cube. Tupac Shakur had beef with the aforementioned and sometimes that old rivalry pops up subconsciously in recent years. Is this the case with Jay Z?
Jay Z close friend, DJ Klark Kent revealed in an interview that Jay Z indeed had a diss record against Tupac and Deathrow Records.
“It never came out because out of respect for the fact that he died,” said Kent. “Jay did a record going at ‘Pac, but right as it was about to come out, son died.”
The usual 90’s hip hop icons get put into the top five list of plenty of fans and critics and most of the time you will see the names of Tupac Shakur or Notorious BIG. There is a contingent who believe the two artists get ranked high due to them passing before their time, while others believe their impact was so strong and still permeates the modern day rap world.
T.I.’s list caused many to debate over the placement of women on rap lists. He ruffled a few feathers when he added the likes of Lil’ Kim, but excluded female rappers such as Nicki Minaj who he claimed is a product of the former Bad Boy Records 1st lady.
T.I. revealed during an interview with Breakfast Club that Jay Z spoke to him about his number two placement on T.I.’s top 50 rappers list. “We were talking about something completely unrelated, and he said “oh, by the way,” laughs T.I. “You really believe that?” Tip stood by his decision, maintaining Hov as “the greatest rapper alive. Over time, he’s eventually going to assume that position.” He compares Pac to the “hip-hop Michael Jackson,” due to him being known worldwide and recognizable in different parts of the world.
T.I. is a known Tupac fan and has even compared his own career to that of Makaveli The Don. He paid tribute to Shakur when he was inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Fame.
Who since 2Pac has maintained as much consistent diversity within music genres, businesses & other opportunities?T.I.
In the comments section, a fan asked about Jay-Z’s place in comparison to a figure like Tupac. His response, while respectfully calling Hov the G.O.A.T., asked which major films Jay had been in.
So was Jay Z right to call out T.I. on his list? Or did T.I.just have a change in heart with his opinion of who is the greatest rapper of all time?