Specifically, he suggested that 2Pac was all about change, and elevating the vibe over at the influential label. He said 2Pac's presence was immediately felt, even beyond the hype surrounding his prison release and double album, All Eyez On Me.
“[2Pac] was strength,” Kurupt said. “Can’t nobody tell him what to do. He tells people what to do. He listens to people but he makes his own decisions. He was very strong-minded. And when he came to Death Row, he didn’t come just for his self, and all that. He wanted to change the image of Death Row, he wanted to add to everybody else’s table. He changed our work ethics, the way that we gettin’ to the studio and how many records that we get done during the day.”
He said Pac even wanted to change the way everyone dressed. “He wanted to change our apparel and how we looked, which, you know, that didn’t work," Kurupt remembered. "Because that’s you, ‘Pac, that’s y’all shit over here. We in khakis, cuz, you know what I’m saying? ‘Pac loved it, he respected it. It’s a fly-ass dress code, cuz. I could understand it if he was like, ‘N-gga, put on the army fatigues.’ This n-gga talking about, ‘Put on some Versace, n-gga! Get fly!’ … That shit didn’t work with us, cuz. We agreed with everything besides the gear. That’s not our shit.”
Death Row's catalog returned to streaming earlier this month. Snoop Dogg kept his word to return the music to major platforms with an announcement on social media. "Yessir. Heard you,” he tweeted on March 9. “Death Row Records catalog is back streaming everywhere tonight.”
For his part, Kurupt has stayed busy making new music. He recently dropped a video for "Take Me Away," the latest single from his collaborative project with C-Mob as the duo Gotti Mob. He also has a forthcoming project with Daz, RBX, and The Lady of Rage as their super group, The N'Matez.