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Tupac Shakur was shot and robbed on November 30th, 1994 at Quad Recording Studios. A little over a year and a half after, on June 4th, 1996, Tupac released the scathing diss record “Hit Em Up”, supposedly inspired by his belief that Biggie and Sean Combs set up the shooting. Today (April 18th), in an interview with BET, Suge Knight reveals that “Hit Em Up” was 1. an entirely different song and 2. became a diss song after Junior M.A.F.I.A. released “Get Money”.

Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s Conspiracy single “Get Money” was released on September 3rd, 1995, seven months before Tupac released “Hit Em Up”. According to Suge Knight, the Notorious B.I.G.’s then wife Faith Evans attended a studio session with Combs’ mother of his first child, Misa Hylton for the original version of “Hit Em Up” . He states that he believes it was Faith, and not Misa who leaked the information because he thinks he “made Misa feel a lot better than ‘Pac made Faith feel”:

I think it was Faith that went and told them that Pac was doing that track and he was putting some lyrics to it. So, before we can finish that track, they beat us to it and put out ‘Get Money’. But that was already pretty much what we were talking about on the track before the lyrics were even laid. So, when Faith whispered in they ear and came out with ‘Get Money’ before us, ‘Pac heard it on the radio, called me and was going crazy’.

Suge alleges that Pac believed it was infact Hylton who leaked the information to Combs and Biggie. After hearing “Get Money” on the radio, Knight alleges that ‘Pac immediately changed the original “Hit Em Up” and recorded the legendary diss song we know now.



Junior Mafia – Get Money

2Pac – Hit Em Up

Watch the video interview after the jump.

Drew Pierce

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