DJ Clark Kent alleges song never saw the light of day but was performed live
Jay-Z allegedly wrote a track dissing Tupac Shakur before his death.
According to DJ Clark Kent, who produced three tracks on Jay Z’s debut album ‘Reasonable Doubt’, the song was shelved when Tupac died.
He told the A Waste Of Time podcast: “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’.”
You can listen to the podcast below.
Tupac, who was assassinated in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, features as a character in the forthcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Marc Rose will play the role, joining versions of the five original group members, as well as Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Suge Knight.
Straight Outta Compton stars Marcus Callender as Dr Dre, Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr as his father, Jason Mitchell as the late Eazy-E, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr as DJ Yella.
It is set to be released in the UK on August 28.
The surviving members of NWA – excluding Dr Dre – recently reunited for the first time in 15 years.
Rapper Ice Cube helmed plans for a live team-up. The performance took place at the film’s premiere at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as part of this year’s BET Experience event.
Despite Dre’s notable absence, the group’s former members MC Ren and DJ Yella performed alongside Ice Cube, with special guests Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q also making appearances.
NWA formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1991. The group’s fifth member Eazy-E passed away in 1995. The band had a partial reunion in 2000, but Yella was not involved.