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Nas recalls confronting Tupac about ‘Makaveli’ diss: “He thought I was dissing him”

Nas and Tupac had a conversation while backstage at the ‘96 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Nas’ nearly three decade career in hip hop comes with a strong discography of music, some professional growth and quite a few amazing stories about the memories he’s shared with some legends in the game.

During a press run for his latest album King’s Disease, the rapper sat down with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning and recounted the tension he once had with the late Tupac following the release of his second studio album, It Was Written.

Snoop Dogg previously shared his account of the story, but Nas claimed “He had it wrong a little bit,” before diving right into his recollection of the past.

According to Nas, he confronted the California rapper backstage at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards just nine days before his death. There, they cleared some things up and squashed their beef.

“[Pac] was in New York and there was a lot of tension flaring,” he said. “Where I was coming from really wasn’t an all love place ‘cause there was a rumor Makaveli [was] coming out, so I really wanted to check the temperature with him,” he continued, explaining that he’d heard Tupac had been dissing him at some live shows.

“It was necessary for us to address the situation ... We had to step to our business,” he said. “We had a great convo ... He thought I was dissing him on the song “The Message.”

In a 2012 interview with Steve Stoute, Nas shared some of the words he exchanged with Tupac during their conversation.

“‘Me and you are never supposed to go at it. It was just that things got misconstrued’” he revealed Tupac told him. “‘Me and you are brothers. Me and you are never supposed to go at it, but I heard you was dissing me on mixtapes.’ I’m like, ‘I heard you was dissing me on this [upcoming] Makaveli album.’”

Nas continued, “We both knew we were supposed to continue that conversation and probably just squash the whole thing. I was scheduled to meet him in Vegas. You [Stoute] and Jimmy Iovine called me at 4AM and told me he might not make it [the shooting].”

Tupac was fatally shot on Sept. 7, 1996 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died six days later.

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