Since his untimely death in 1996, many rappers close to Tupac Shakur continue to preserve and defend his legacy. Among those industry ties is fellow Death Row Records rapper Snoop Dogg, who carries Pac’s memory with stride and continually honors him. However, according to MC Napoleon of the Outlawz, the Long Beach native was actually jealous of the Harlem-born star. In a recent interview with The Art Of Dialogue, he spoke on how Snoop has to navigate Tupac’s death in almost every media conversation he has.
“Maybe some of the things he couldn’t tell Pac face-to-face, you know, he can do it in these interviews,” Napoleon said about Snoop Dogg. “It’s sad. And one of the reasons why I always try to correct this is because him and Pac were friends. I already know why he doin’ that, bro. Imagine if you’re the biggest star on Death Row, and Pac come and take all your shine, you understand? And 25 years later, Pac died, and every time you do an interview, that name is brought up. So maybe he’s just trying to take that shine from Pac. You know what I mean?”
Snoop Dogg Was Jealous Of Tupac’s Success, Napoleon Claims In New Interview
Also, Napoleon said that the “What’s My Name?” MC was wrong to express his dislike of Pac’s diss track “Hit ‘Em Up” and should only focus on the positive side of him. “Man, I’d say a week before he died, we was best of friends,” Snoop Dogg told Big Boy on Untold Stories. “Two days before he died, I don’t think he liked me. Because we was in New York and s**t had happened. New York n***as had shot at me and did all kinds of s**t to me, just the worst s**t you could think of, and I forgave ’em. Then I went and did an interview and was asked how did I feel about Puffy and Biggie. I was like, ‘I like them n***as, I wanna do some music with ’em.’
“And that just rubbed cuz the wrong way, like, ‘N***a, f**k them n***as, them n***as tried to kill me,’” Snoop continued. “‘N***as shot at you, and you talking about you wanna do a song with them n***as?’ Even when he played the video for me to ‘Hit ‘Em Up,’ even when he played ‘Hit ‘Em Up,’ the song, I didn’t like the song. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the s**t. It wasn’t the s**t to me. Like, you buying more problems, cuh. You buying problems. Gangstas is everywhere. They make ’em everywhere.” Regardless of your take on this, come back to HNHH for the latest on Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.