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Posted by Sarah
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6/16/2003 12:50:42 PM

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One of the most interesting and intense interviews, I've ever conducted was with Tupac Shakur.. He had just hit it big with the movie "Juice" and everyone was wondering was he just acting or putting forth his real life persona in the movie. Although I had known him for a couple of years it was hard for me to tell. He had a loaded gun on him as we spoke.

If I recall it was a .38....Pac explains in this interview his then recent encounter with the Oakland Police Department which resulted in him getting beat.

Pac was out on bail after serving part of a 3 year prison sentence in upstate NY. He's has signed with Death Row Records and released his album, All Eyes On Me.

This early interview in March of 1996 lends some incredible insight to how he was before all the trouble. Enjoy..

Davey D: Give a little bit of background on yourself. What got you into hip hop?

2Pac: I'm from the Bronx, NY. I moved to Baltimore where I spent some high school years and then I came to Oaktown. As for hip hop-all my travels through these cities seemed to be the common denominator.

Davey D: You lived In Marin City for a little while. How was your connection with hip hop able to be maintained while living there? Was there a thriving hip hop scene in Marin City?

2Pac: Not really..You were just given truth to the music. Being in Marin City was like a small town so it taught me to be more straight foward with my style. Instead of of being so metaphorical with the rhyme, I was encouraged to go straight at it and hit it dead on and not waste time trying to cover things...In Marin City it seemed like things were real country. Everything was straight forward. Poverty was straight forward. There was no way to say I'm poor, but to say 'I'm poor'...

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