Read This Powerful Unreleased Tupac Interview From 1996

“I don’t wanna die, but if I gotta go I wanna go without pain.”

By
Music 
4,177 Hypes 0 Comments

To mark the 20 year anniversary of Tupac‘s tragic death, VIBE magazine have published a commemorative cover that also includes an unreleased excerpt from Kevin Powell‘s candid 1996 interview with the late rap icon. The in-depth conversation went down just six months before Pac was murdered in Las Vegas, and his unsettled, troubled state of mind is made clear thanks to his incredibly frank responses.

Before the interview even starts, VIBE include an editor’s note that explains the “intense climate” within the hip hop community at the time. “There were high tensions on both sides of the country that made it dangerous for artists and crews to maneuver freely between coasts,” they explain. They also seek to state their intention for posting the excerpt: “We print this transcript not to perpetuate negative narratives, but to add another chapter to our journalistic tradition—to show Tupac as he was toward the end of his days. This rare glimpse at the end of Tupac’s story finds him erratic, introspective, and brilliantly insightful as always. We offer it with deep appreciation for ‘Pac, and with respect for his family, friends and fans.”

In the interview, Powell questions Tupac on his role in the hostile nature of the hip hop community at the time. “We all black and everything…but I’m not talking about division. I’m talking about realism. You don’t hang with us. You live different than we live. We all brothers, but we don’t all live the same,” he explains. “I don’t want it to be fighting, I don’t want no arguing, I just wanna make my money. You can’t tell me I’m gonna sit down and hug and kiss n*ggas to make everybody else feel good. Straight up, there is no beef. If there was a beef n*ggas would know.”

Tupac also discusses the process behind his acclaimed album All Eyez On Me, opening up about the title and revealing how raw of an album it was for him. “Everybody lookin’ at me right now,” he explains. “The police lookin’ at me, the females, my enemies, reporters, people that want me to fall, people that want me to make it. My mama. In jail, the guards. Everybody lookin’ at me. All eyes on me.”

At the end of the interview, Pac speaks about his then upcoming record label, Euthanasia Records. In an ironic, sad twist, his final answer about the name of the label acts as a poignant, tragically prophetic precursor to his death: “I fell in love with that word. I feel like that’s me. I’m gonna die, I just wanna die without pain. I don’t wanna die, but if I gotta go I wanna go without pain.” Check out the full VIBE story here.

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

1144 Users Online

What to Read Next

Streetsnaps: London Fashion Week September 2016 - Part 2
Fashion

Streetsnaps: London Fashion Week September 2016 - Part 2

Featuring unisex styling in Vetements, Thrasher, VLONE, PACCBET and more.

Hear What So Not, Skrillex & RL Grime's “Tell Me” Sequel
Music 

Hear What So Not, Skrillex & RL Grime's “Tell Me” Sequel

This one’s a game-changer.

Watch the Powerful First Trailer for 'Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le'
Music 

Watch the Powerful First Trailer for 'Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le'

Lifetime are leaving no stone unturned.


Tetsu Nishiyama's 'MY IDENTIFICATION' Exhibition at Belief Moscow
Fashion

Tetsu Nishiyama's 'MY IDENTIFICATION' Exhibition at Belief Moscow

Celebrating the years of WTAPS x Vans.

Take a Look Inside Jean-Charles De Castelbajac's Apartment
Fashion

Take a Look Inside Jean-Charles De Castelbajac's Apartment

The eccentric designer shows off his collection.

Check out ScHoolboy Q's New 'Blank Face' Merch Drop
Music 

Check out ScHoolboy Q's New 'Blank Face' Merch Drop

An impressive range of jackets, long-sleeve tees, hoodies, hats and more.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.