Napoleon responds to Snoop Dogg’s interview with Big Boy where he revealed that he didn’t like Tupac’s “Hit Em Up” single.
The single that took aim at Bad Boy Records and its top star, Notorious B.I.G., is considered one of the most ruthless diss tracks ever. It is still being talked about til this day, despite both men being gone after untimely murders.
Snoop Dogg told the world that he didn’t like the single in a recent interview and former Outlawz member Napoleon has responded. In an interview with Art Of Dialogue, the rapper turned Muslim, spoke on not believing Snoop’s latest take on the controversial single.
NAPOLEON SAYS SNOOP LIKED HIT EM UP ORIGINALLY
He thinks the comment would have come off better if he admitted he was more mature now with grand kids with insight looking back, that the single is not something he likes in the current day. However, if it comes off hypocritical to Napoleon due to Snoop not telling Tupac about it to his face.
FANS REACT TO SNOOP SAYING HE DIDN’T LIKE HIT EM UP
Being in the studio with both men when the song was being produced, Napoleon saw firsthand Snoop enjoying the song in the studio and later having no issues being on stage with Pac rapping the lyrics along with him. In the interview below, Snoop says he told Tupac in the studio that he didn’t like the song contrary to what Napoleon says.
To illustrate his point, Napoleon says, “I’m Muslim now, 45 years old now, I might not agree with the lyrics of “Hit Em Up.” He takes accountability of the single’s negative aspect stating, “When we was young at that time, it was something that we was pushing.”
He believes deep down Tupac and Snoop were really friends despite how they had issues at the end of Tupac’s life. Due to this connection, Napoleon thinks Snoop should be presenting his friend in a better light in interviews even if he didn’t like Tupac then or now.
NAPOLEON HAS THEORY WHY SNOOP GETS NEGATIVE ABOUT TUPAC INTERVIEWS
Napoleon’s opinion of Snoop’s negative comments in the media about Tupac is due to “Snoop mad Tupac took his shine” when he came on Death Row Records. The former Outlaw says every time Snoop does interviews, Tupac’s name gets brought up. “Maybe he just trying to take that shine from Pac,” because in Napoleon’s mind there doesn’t need to be any negative light shone on Pac long after his passing.
Check out the interview below.
In the song, Tupac makes several provocative and derogatory statements towards Biggie, including accusing him of copying his style and lyrics, claiming that he slept with his wife, and insulting his friends and associates. The song is considered one of the most intense diss tracks in hip hop history and is notable for its aggressive lyrics and profanity.
The release of “Hit Em Up” further fueled the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry that was prevalent during the mid-1990s, and it is often cited as one of the factors that contributed to the murders of both Tupac and Biggie in the years that followed.
BIGGIE’S EX CHARLI BALTIMORE WAS THERE WHEN BIGGIE 1ST HEARD HIT EM UP
One of Biggie Smalls’ girlfriend at the time, Charli Baltimore, also spoke with Art Of Dialogue about the first time the hip hop legend of New York heard the single. She states Biggie Smalls was hurt that Tupac thought he had something to do with him getting set up at Quad Studios.
As Napoleon says above that Tupac and Snoop were friends, Charli reflects on how their was a friendship as well with Pac and Big. “Him and Pac were friends, and he didn’t really understand where all of the negativity was coming from,” says Baltimore. Despite this, she alluded “In my mind, the media was playing a role was playing into this whole east coast west coast thing and kind of just fueled it.”
NAPOLEON STATES SNOOP WAS DISSING BIGGIE WITH 2PAC
Napoleon details how Snoop Dogg played Biggie’s diss song for Tupac and how Snoop Dogg was apart of the East vs. West beef. He says Tupac never hated Snoop, but was hurt after hearing the radio interview where Snoop said he didn’t have any issues with Diddy and Biggie Smalls.
The confusion set in when Snoop did this interview after recording diss tracks towards Bad Boy Records. Napoleon said not everyone had to jump into the beef with the New York music label, as he illustrates Lady Of Rage wanted no part of it.
Check out “Hit Em Up” live on stage with Tupac and The Outlawz at the House of Blues weeks before his murder.