Omar Epps & Big Daddy Kane Talk Tupac & Generation Gap

LEGENDS & ICONS OF HIP HOP - Post By Kevin Douglas



The movie “Juice” has been a hip hop culture staple ever since it was released in theaters in the early 90’s. Known for being the film that broke Tupac Shakur as a serious actor, “Juice” also boasts putting Omar Epps on the map.

Math Hoffa’s podcast recently had the legendary Big Daddy Kane in the barber shop and he dropped some knowledge for viewers concerning the new generation and old school different thought processes. Big Daddy Kane spoke about not envying rappers of today with their multi-million dollar deals or endorsements in comparison to the artists who helped to create the art-form. In his mind, that is just the way the world works using the NBA as an example.

He stated that Michael Jordan got paid in early 1990’s, but was still seeking proper compensation for what he brought to the NBA. In comparison, Dr. J aka Julius Irving probably saw what Jordan was getting and must have wondered what his pay would be in that time period that came after him.

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Big Daddy Kane also broke down why ended up working with KRS ONE for Verzuz instead of the battle everyone wanted to see with Rakim.

Then things moved towards Omar Epps speaking about coming up in the entertainment world in the early 1990’s. His big break came with acting on “Juice,” but admits not taking in the historic nature of the film being a 17 year old. He made mention of how focused Tupac Shakur was at the age of 19 wanting to make an impact in the entertainment industry.

“He was on a different level. He was writing his first album,” Omar Epps recalled. “A woman had thrown her baby down the trash. We all from where we’re from, it is sad to say but that was kind of normal to us, to hear stories like that. ‘Pac was f–ked up. Like the whole day, cause it was in the newspaper in the morning. He was like, ‘I can’t believe she did that.’”

Released in October of 1991, ‘Brenda’s Got A Baby,’ was packaged as a promotional single for Tupac’s upcoming debut album ‘2Pacalypse Now.’ The single would peaked at number 7 on the U.S. Got Rap Songs Billboard chart. Check out the full segment below.