Drink Champs host N.O.R.E. started the first episode of season seven by letting the audience know just how in demand Florida rapper J.T. Money is among Floridians.
"Once we said that Miami, Florida would be the home of the show I cannot tell you how many fans requested this man," he said. "I cannot tell you how many people come up to us daily, wherever we are asking when we are gonna have him on."
N.O.R.E. said J.T. is a combination of Tupac and Scarface — if the two icons were from Florida. J.T. explained that he was close with Pac and was a fan of "Soulja's Story" from 2Pacalypse Now. "I had just heard about him and he was supposed to be coming to Club Inferno, so I knew I was gonna go check him out," he said. "I walked in [the venue] and he was there listening to my song 'Hate Hoes'. Since then, we were tight. I was supposed to record with him, but he passed before we could record."
I couldn't record with 2Pac because I was cool with 'Pac and Luke, and Luke had just done 'Cowards In Compton'
- J.T. Money
J.T. Money was signed to Luke Records where he released his biggest hit "Who Dat" which was certified gold.
"Luke was like the biggest independent," he said of Luther Campbell's Luke Records imprint. "He did more marketing and promotion more of an international scale. That's the way I saw it. I didn't know nothing about the business, I just knew I was on the winning team and I was going to Kobe that shit."
J.T. split from Luke in 1995, citing money as the issue. "It's always financial," he said. "One ni**a gettin' money and others are pocket-watching, feeling they should get more. I don't [know] nobody's deal. I don't know nothing."
Check out the episode above.