It’s been over 20 years since the passing of both legendary rap icons Tupac Shakur and the late great Notorious B.I.G. Hip-Hop still mourns the death of the former friends, who later turned into rivals and because of senseless beef which ultimately led to their demise. The last two decades left many, including family, friends, fans, and the music industry puzzled at the mystery of who actually took the lives of their favorite stars. Justice has yet to be served, although there’s been plenty of speculation over the years.
Radio personality and veteran DJ Funkmaster Flex, whose been on-air for nearly 30 years spoke candidly via Instagram Live the other day on his take on what he considers “the truth” about what took place during 2Pac’s Quad Studios shooting in New York City back in November of 1994. Flex claims Pac made false accusations and lies about Biggie being involved in the incident that took place in the lobby that night, which resulted in him being shot five times and robbed of his jewelry by three men. Although, Biggie and his entourage were physically present at the studio upstairs recording that evening, they denied any involvement, and in fact went to check on Pac after the got word about the hit. Flex professes that Pac actually struck himself by accident as he tried to retaliate in self defense during the melee.
An emotional Flex called on those who were particularly around that era when the two rappers were prominent in Hip-Hop during the 90s, such as Mister Cee, who discovered Biggie, he tried to get a hold of other popular and notable NYC DJ’s like Angie Martinez (who has an unreleased 2Pac interview that has yet to surface), and Ed Lover (who was friends with Pac and rapper Stretch) to chime in on what really happened that night. The music industry has been very tight-lipped about whose to blame for the deaths of the fallen emcees, as well as their crew members, who many have passed away from gun and gang violence over the years. Flex blames Pac for causing tension and making up lies about Biggie and Puffy, which is why the entire East Coast and West Coast rivalry started. Flex even went as far as defending Biggie and claiming that he wasn’t the kind of guy to partake in drama, that wasn’t his style. Most people know 2Pac for talking a lot, and running to the media; especially due to his paranoia of betrayal from those he considered close friends. He’d go on to blame the Quad incident on people like Stretch, who was present with him that night, as well as Biggie, Puffy, and members of the Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Rapper T.I. addresses Flex’s comments by saying the NYC DJ is disrespecting the dead and according to the “G-Code” of the streets, the topic should be left alone. Flex even went as far as describing the kind of guy Suge Knight really was, and although he respected what he did for the culture, he says Suge didn’t hold no weight in New York when he came around. He exclaims that Knight’s greed is what destroyed his empire [Death Row Records]; this was followed as he addressed Suge’s son, Jacob, who recently responded to the slander. There’s so much on this topic you can check out Flex speak on the 40-min long rant below, as well as tweets where he addresses a lot of the fraudulent acts taking place in the industry: