“Yo! MTV Raps” captured some classic moments in hip-hop history during its run, and when the show returns to MTV2 for one episode on December 4 at 12 a.m. ET, Phife Dawg will take a look back at a popular episode featuring Tupac Shakur. The iconic West Coast rapper appeared on one of the series’ most memorable segments, to make his beef with Menace II Society directors Albert and Allen Hughes known to the public. Still, there was nothing but love for Pac.
"Dude was just mad talented," Phife Dawg told MTV News of Tupac. "He's a human being, he's made some mistakes along the way, blah, blah, blah, but the love was there. You couldn't tell the ladies nothing about Tupac. Now that I live on the West Coast, I really see for myself firsthand how much love that dude gets."
Phife, a former member of A Tribe Called Quest, will appear on "MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps: Classic Cuts" on December 4. He made his bones in the early 1990s, much like 'Pac. While they both hailed from New York, Shakur called California home. "A lot of people forget he's originally from Harlem, went to school in Baltimore with Jada Pinkett Smith — they forget that he's actually from the East Coast," Phife explained. "But one thing I heard 'Pac say is, 'I learned the game of life from the West Coast.' So I guess he can say West Coast is home."
When the topic of the greatest MC of all time comes up, Shakur's name is usually mentioned, but in Phife's opinion, when out in California, there's not even an argument: Tupac reigns supreme. " 'Pac is king on the West Coast," he said. "Nobody touches Tupac out there."