Earlier this morning the Hip-Hop community woke up to a time period as if 1995 was happening all over again, during when the East vs. West Coast beef was at an all-time high. The tense chill in the air was once again instilled following the release of two unheard Tupac "2Pac" Shakur dis tracks that attacked the East Coast’s – more specifically New York– finest crop of MCs.
2Pac, long infamous for his workhorse recording schedule and ability to churn out songs at will, continually has left his imprint on today’s music scene – with the release of the unreleased tracks “Watch Ya Mouth” and “NY 87” adding to the legacy and displaying the fiery spirit of the late rapper.
The tracks were assumed to have been recorded around 1996 where at the time 2Pac was embroiled in a bitter feud with seemingly the entire East Coast. Aside from his battles with Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls, 2Pac turned his rage on other East favorites as well.
On “Watch Ya Mouth” 2Pac forgoes his trademark vocal effects and raps in an aggressive tone, dissing former ally Dr. Dre, Nas, De La Soul, Diddy and others. In a curious turn, 2Pac even addresses the coastal beef by rhyming, “They say Pac ain’t got love for the East side/You’s a lyin’ motherf----r, n---a we ride!” before launching into a rambling self-congratulatory rant in the song’s last two minutes.
On “NY 87” 2Pac appears to be a featured artist alongside Tha Dogg Pound as Kurupt and Daz carry the song with Pac anchoring the track on the last verse. Opening with DJ Quik declaring the East Coast enemy territory, the track continues its anti-New York stance with the rappers mocking East Coast accents and vernacular. Veteran rapper Threat is also featured on the track as well.
Kurupt even gives props to some big East Coast artists such as Method Man and Redman but calls out Jeru, A Tribe Called Quest and Mobb Deep, prompting them to battle. 2Pac didn't name any names on this number, but doesn’t mince words by rapping “F—k New York” angrily near the end of his verse. A defiant Pac also addressed his 1994 shooting in New York on the track, which many feel may have signaled the start of the bi-coastal war of words.
The releases of these vaulted tracks come during a time where 2Pac's name has been stirring again in the news of late, leading to speculative questions as to why these songs are being heard some fifteen years later. Coupled with the confessional letter from 2Pac's 1994 shooter Dexter Issac along with the recent nabbing of wanted fugitive Jimmy Henchmen, these songs have added quite an ironic twist to the recent series of events relating to 2Pac.
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