Jay-z almost ended 2pac's career: DJ Clark Kent Reveals Jay Z Recorded a 2Pac Diss

The maxim says that you don’t speak ill of the dead, and Jay Z has never been one to offend the spirit world. To wit, DJ Clark Kent appeared on the latest episode of ItsTheReal’s A Waste of Time podcast and revealed that Hov had actually recorded a scathing diss track aimed at 2Pac before the latter passed away. ”Jay did a record going at Pac,” the producer says, “but right as it was about to go out, son died.” There are, however a select few people who heard it: “We performed it though. We was at the Apollo. It was scathing. Crowds was like, ‘Oh, sh*t’.” 2Pac died in September, 1996, two months after Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt came out; in November of the same year, death Row dropped The Don k!lluminati: The 7 Day Theory. On the opening track from that album, “bomb First (My Second Reply),” Pac raps, “I’m a Bad Boy k!ller/Jay Z, die, too.”

Kent, who produced “Cashmere Thoughts,” “Coming of Age” and the Biggie-featuring “Brooklyn’s Finest” from Reasonable Doubt, goes on: “The chip on Jay’s shoulder is so crazy that it’s just like he had to perform” the song. “If [Pac] was alive, there would have been no coming back. To me, it probably was one of the hardest diss records I’ve ever heard.” He admits that he didn’t even want a copy of the record for himself, saying, “I know I would have figured out a way to play it.”

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