You might recall, ‘Pac -- who died in 1996 -- dissed Hova on the posthumous “Bomb First (My Second Reply)” and "F--k Friendz." Apparently, Jigga was prepared for a war of words with Shakur, as well. At least that’s what DJ Clark Kent, a longtime Jay Z producer, told A Waste Of Time With ItsTheReal during an interview published Wednesday (Aug. 12).
"It never came out out of respect for the fact that he died," Kent said at around the 54 minute mark in the podcast. "Jay did a record going at ‘Pac, but just as it was about to come out, son died...We performed it, though. We performed it once. You have to understand. The chip on Jay’s shoulder is so crazy, it’s just like he had to perform it.”
According to Kent, Jigga played the cut during a show at The Apollo in Harlem. “It was scathing,” he said. "Crowds was like, ‘Oh, sh-t.’ It was super hard. It was super hard. If he was alive, there would have been no coming back...This was so tough. To me, it probably was one of the hardest dis records I’ve ever heard.”
Although they didn't see eye-to-eye at the time, Hova's perspective changed after the "California Love" MC's death. Jay -- who later sampled Tupac's "Me And My Girlfriend" for his Beyoncé-assisted "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" single -- would go on to say he held no ill will towards Shakur.
"It was nothing personal," the Roc boss told MTV News in 2007. "We never met. You know, he and Big went through their thing. I was Big's man, that was the extent of our big beef. Whatever [animosity] we had died with him."