Get ready to do a double take when you turn on your radio. Four heavyweight music stars will be duking it out with similar variations of the same Tupac Shakur song.
Jay-Z and Destiny's Child's Beyoncé Knowles recorded a new version of the 1996 Tupac track "Me and My Girlfriend" for Jay's upcoming Blueprint 2 - The Gift and the Curse (see "Jay-Z, Beyonce Are 'Bonnie & Clyde' On First Blueprint 2 Single"), but they weren't the only ones in a Makaveli mood. Expectant pop singer Toni Braxton also interpreted the West Coast rap track with the help of Murder Inc. producers Irv Gotti and Chink Santana.
Braxton's "Me and My Boyfriend," which will appear on her More Than a Woman, due in November, contains the same chorus as Jay-Z's "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," along with a sample of Tupac's original vocals (see "Toni Braxton Works With Gotti, Neptunes, Husband On New LP").
An Arista spokesperson said Braxton invited a friend from Def Jam, Jigga's label, to listen to the song a few months back. "Imagine our surprise after turning on the radio and hearing the new Jay Z single 'Bonnie & Clyde,' featuring Beyoncé," the spokesperson said. "It's the same song. They even use the same Tupac sample. Frankly, she is insulted and disappointed."
Calling in to a New York radio station, Braxton said, "Jay-Z and Beyoncé are messing with my money. They're trying to steal my mojo."
Murder Inc. had no comment, and Jay-Z could not be reached.