Tupac Wasn’t Liked At Rikers Island Says Kurupt Of Dogg Pound

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Kurupt details the issues Tupac was dealing with in Rikers Island during an interview with Art Of Dialogue.

The Death Row Records icon, explained why it doesn’t make any sense by those who state Tupac would have been better off in prison since he passed away shortly after being released. He thinks he could’ve been dead sooner since he was not liked at Rikers Island.

The Dogg Pound is a hip hop duo consisting of Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. They were both members of Snoop Dogg‘s rap group, Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips, and later formed their own group under the same name. The Dogg Pound’s music is known for its West Coast gangsta rap sound and its affiliation with Death Row Records. They have released several albums, including “Dogg Food” and “Dogg Chit,” and have collaborated with other notable hip hop artists such as Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg.

Shakur began serving his prison sentence on sexual abuse charges at Clinton Correctional Facility on February 14, 1995; he also spent a few months recuperating at Rikers Island.

Revered hip-hop writer Kevin Powell spoke with Complex in the video above and shared a never-before-heard interview he conducted with 2pac at Rikers Island back in 1995. Pac speaks candidly about the night he was shot at Quad Studios.

“I felt like ‘Pac represented really where Hip Hop was, this young Black male who represented the street side of things, but he also was intellectual,” Powell says about why he was drawn to the West Coast rapper. “This dude had gone to the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. He was quoting Shakespeare. He could go back and forth. So in an interesting way, ‘Pac was kind of a combination of like Public Enemy and N.W.A, elements of both were happening in him. There wasn’t a lot of folks like that.”

To read an excerpt from The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, visit Complex.

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