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Jay Z Did a Tupac Diss Record, According to Producer
"It never came out, out of respect for the fact that he died," Kent said on the most recent episode of "A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal." "Jay did a record going at Pac, but right as it was about to come out, son died. We performed it, though, at the Apollo -- the chip on Jay's shoulder is so crazy that he had to perform it."
The performance was confirmed by Jay himself in an XXL interview from 2006 -- apparently he spit over the "No Diggity" beat, but no record of the performance exists. "They usually tape the Apollo shows, but they just stopped taping for some reason," Jay told the magazine. "We tried to find the tape. It's 2,000 people that know about it. I did two verses.
"It's the truth, that's the best shit," he added of the diss. "It's so liberating, when you say what the fuck you wanna say."
In the more recent interview, Kent concurred that the verses were unflinching. "It was scathing, like crowds were like, 'Oh, shit'!" he said on the podcast. "If he was alive, there would've been no coming back. This was so tough. To me, it probably was one of the hardest diss records I've ever heard."
So is there a record locked away in a vault somewhere, or was it just a one-off performance? Kent, at least, doesn't have the track. "I didn't want a copy," he said, "because I knew I would have been compelled to find a way to play it."
Listen to the full interview below (the Jay Z/Tupac discussion comes in around the 54th minute):
Here's a photo of Jay Z and Notorious B.I.G., presumably from the same storied Apollo performance: