Hip Hop Vetern Busta Rhymes cleared the air on the old beef between the late great 2Pac and A Tribe Called Quest. The beef stemmed from the first Source Awards when Q-Tip was accepting an award for A Tribe called Quest, Pac ended up stealing the stage and started performing while Q-Tip was still trying to accept his award.
“Tribe had got the award for best hip-hop group of the year,” Busta explained in an interview, “I don’t know if Pac’s people, at the time, knew that Tribe was still getting their award and doing their acceptance speech. So it looked like Pac just went out there and started performing on some ‘F*ck the award sh*t, I’m just gonna do my sh*t on top of the n*ggas. Whatever.’ So it looked crazy from the front because it was like these n*ggas were in the middle of their acceptance speech — it just looked like a crazy disrespect to Tribe. So the beef started immediately. Fortunately it didn’t get to no physical sh*t but I don’t know if too many people knew about this at the time when it went down, even after, that it was a big misunderstanding.
The whole world knows what my history and what my relationship is with Tribe. Me and Pac had a conversation about that,” Busta added. “Pac made it clear to me that he didn’t mean to do that. That wasn’t his fault and he didn’t understand how or why it happened that way but you know how it goes, your music starts going, you going to do what you’re supposed to do. And rightfully so, he is supposed to go out there if he hears his sh*t and start rocking. Pac actually was seeing how we could coordinate getting a public truce going on BET. At the time, ‘Rap City’ was still on the air, Big Tigger was still doing that sh*t, I was actually trying to coordinate that. I was communicating to [Q-Tip] via Pac and Pac via Tip and the vibe was amazing — and it never happened.
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