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The Time DMX Dissed Tupac Over Death Row Meeting Allegedly

LEGENDS & ICONS OF MUSIC - Kevin Douglas Post

Celebration for the hip hop icon, DMX, had fans, friends, and families reminiscing on moments in his life and legendary career.
Often times compared to another legendary figure in rap, DMX reminds people of Tupac Shakur, but as some close to the Yonkers icon admit that he had no love lost with “California Love” rapper. DJ Skandalous jumped on his Facebook to talk about the connection between DMX and Tupac.
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“The 2Pac & DMX Connection”
The Year is 1994. 2Pac is filming his iconic Basketball/Hood Classic Movie “Above The Rim”. During this time 2Pac was still apart of Interscope Records. During a meet-up in New York, Pac met with Suge Knight. The two knew each other before their iconic Death Row days, as Suge got 2Pac to do a track for the Murder Was The Case Soundtrack. Suge ended up paying $200K for the song “Life’s So Hard”. The original track was not released however was re-worked by 2Pac and Snoop. This song would later be enhanced further in 1997 for the Gang Related Soundtrack. The seeds for Suge signing 2Pac was already set in place before 2Pac would be incarcerated.
During this time, Suge also met with Irv Gotti and The Ruff Ryders in an attempt to sign DMX, Swizz Beatz, Irv Gotti and their crew to Death Row Records.
The founders of Ruff Ryder Entertainment Joaquin “Waah”, Darin “Dee” and Chivon Dean spoke on the matter. They said that they were close to signing, but the deal was not in their favor and they feared that their rappers would get slighted in the partnership with Ruff Ryder producers having to mainly produce for Westcoast artist instead of focusing on their team from Yonkers.
Swizz Beats also talked about how Suge Knight tried to strong-arm them into a deal.
Pictured below are both 2Pac and Suge Knight with the Ruff Ryders in 1994. DMX however was not pictured here. There are several reports that Death Row again tried to sign them in 1995 and even flew them out to a LA Hotel which Pac was at and that 2Pac was suppose to speak to DMX about the East Coast drama. However, 2Pac never came downstairs as he was too busy with several meetings taking place. DMX would later go on to diss 2Pac on several Freestyles and unreleased records in 1996.
It’s debatable if this was DMX just trying to get attention because if 2Pac responded to anyone it would blow them up, or if DMX felt slighted about Pac not coming down to the hotel lobby to meet them.
Either way, Ruff Ryders probably made the best choice they could make. But DMX, Irv Gotti and Swizz Beatz with Pac on Death Row would have been legendary 🔥