Skip to main content

Jay Z Recorded Tupac Diss Track, Buried It When Pac Died

Jay was set on releasing a retaliatory track against Tupac but stopped when Pac was killed.
DJBooth_logo2x

[Art by Nick Cocozza]

What's beef? Beef isn't flashing Twitter memes onstage, beef isn't ghostwriting allegations, beef is the tragedy that took Tupac and Biggie's lives, and according to Jay's long time collaborator, DJ Clark Kent, that beef almost included Jay Z. 

During his interview on the "Waste of Time with ItsTheReal" podcast, Kent revealed that Jay had recorded an entire diss track in retaliation for Pac's lyrics on "Bomb First," where Pac went after a host of east coast rappers including Puffy, Mobb Deep, Biggie and, yes, Jay. According to Kent, Hova was set on releasing the track, but decided to shelve it when Pac was killed.  

Scroll to Continue

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

5-Albums-Header--11-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Selections include BIG30, Baby Tate, Kenny Mason, Show Dem Camp, and EKKSTACY.

am-world-top10-sept-16x9@2x

10 Rappers You Should Know Right Now

Our latest selections include Jay Fizzle, Goldenboy Countup, Sampa The Great, Philly Goats, and Pretty V.

Header--23-

How EKKSTACY Beat Writer’s Block to Make His Best Album

Pop anti-hero EKKSTACY finds his aggressive voice on his new album, 'misery.' He breaks down his journey through writer's block for Audiomack World.

"Jay did a record going at Pac but right as it was about to go out, son died. We performed it though. We was at the Apollo. It was...scathing. Crowds was like, oh shit." 

Wait...what? You mean there's a small group of people who were at the Apollo that night who heard a Jay Z vs. Tupac diss track that no one else ever has? In the age of the smart phone that video would have been all over the internet in seconds, but since it all went down in 1996, it will only live on in stories like Kent's. Interestingly though, this news seemingly goes against Jay's original take on the situation, when he essentially insisted that he didn't pay any attention to Pac's shots and "rose above it."  

Regardless, it's likely for the best that the song was never released, it only would have made a bad situation worse. For the full breakdown from Kent, be sure to check out all of his "Waste of Time with ItsTheReal" podcast

[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.]

Related

Header--23-

How EKKSTACY Beat Writer’s Block to Make His Best Album

Pop anti-hero EKKSTACY finds his aggressive voice on his new album, 'misery.' He breaks down his journey through writer's block for Audiomack World.

Best-of-the-Week-Header--12-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Press play on new releases from GloRilla, Black Sherif, Protoje, Bella Shmurda, and Armani Caesar — available for stream on Audiomack.

Header--22-

Exploring Young Jonn’s Reinvention

Producer-turned-singer Young Jonn made a career of hits for African artists, now he's taking center stage. He breaks down his career journey for Audiomack.

5-Albums-Header--10-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

BigWalkDog, CKay, D-Block Europe, Nailah Blackman, and Muni Long all released new albums you need to hear.

Best-of-the-Week-Header--11-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Press play on new tunes from Wizkid, G Herbo, Ayra Starr, Kaash Paige, and Ayoni.

Header--21-

yvngxchris Went From Recording on Earbuds to Viral Star

Rapper yvngxchris started off making songs on iPhone earbuds. Now, he's signed and constantly going viral.