Though Tupac died at a young age, there is no shortage in proof or reminders of his life and career. Alongside numerous songs and belongings left behind, several artist who loved and admired the “Dear Mama” rapper are still here, sharing their experiences and interactions with Tupac for fans.
The latest artist to offer a heartwarming Tupac story is Keyshia Cole. During an interview with Steve Harvey, Keyshia recalled the last time she spoke to Tupac and reveled how “Playa Cardz Right,” her collab with Tupac, came to fruition.
“Playa Cardz Right” was a project that was a long time coming, according to Keyshia Cole. The 2008 track — which made it to the top 10 of Billboard‘s US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs — was a definite ode to the late rapper, featuring shots of his album certifications and his mom, Afeni Shakur.
“He told me that we were gonna do a song together the night that he got shot in Vegas. And it was just weird though because, like, the night that he was saying that he wanted me to work with him when we get back to LA… It seemed like he was talking like he knew he wasn’t gonna make it,” she shared on Steve Harvey’s talk show. “Like, literally. So, I was just like, ‘Well why you just said that we were gonna do a song together… Like why are you talking to me like you’re not gonna make it back to LA.”
She went on to say that Tupac offered her “a lot of advice” about her career, telling her that she’ll be “a huge star” and to just “stay focused.”
“After that, me and Afeni, like, we talked,” Keyshia continued. “And, um, I was like, ‘He promised me he would do a song with me,’ you know what I’m sayin’? And she was like, ‘Well, we gon’ make that happen.'”
“Playa Cardz Right” was originally a part of Pac’s sixth posthumously released album Pac’s Life in 2006. When Keyshia redid the song, it was the lead single for A Different Me, her third studio album released in 2008.
Who shot Tupac?
This Pac memory comes on the heels of his murderer being somewhat revealed. As Keffe D was being interviewed for BET’s The Death Row Chronicles, he walked viewers through the night of Tupac’s murder. He explained that he and a group were hanging out that September night, hitting up a concert at the 662 Club before leaving the venue to “party and s**t” with alcohol.
As Keffe D (front seat passenger), Terrance Brown (the driver), DeAndre Smith (back seat driver side), and Keffe D’s nephew Orlando Anderson (back seat passenger side) were in the car, they saw Tupac hanging out of the sunroof of a car, entertaining some female fans who were driving behind him.
“We came up, uh, Harmon. And, uh, aw s**t, there they come in that BMW. All the chicks was like ‘Tupac!’ And he was like ‘Hey!’ like a celebrity, like he was in a parade,” Keffe remembered. “If he wouldn’t even been out the window, we would have never seen him.”
“You said the shots came from the back,” the host responded. “Big Dre, Orlando. Who shot Tupac?” With a nervous smile, Keffe answered, “Going to keep it for the code of the streets. It just came from the backseat, bro.”
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