Tupac’s classic album, All Eyez On Me, arrived in 1996 at the height of the notorious East Coast vs. West Coast beef. The album wasn't without contributions from New York legends, as Method Man and Redman joined Pac for the album’s fourth track, “Got My Mind Made Up.”
Unbeknownst to many rap fans until now, Pac’s Death Row debut was originally supposed to feature a guest verse from New York rap icon Nas. During a recent appearance on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s Drink Champs podcast, Snoop Dogg revealed that the Queens emcee was originally set to be on “Got My Mind Made Up.”
After being asked by N.O.R.E. to name his favorite rapper between Kurupt and Method Man, Snoop let told the popular podcasters that 2Pac ended up scraping the collaboration during the beef.
“You know they got a song together, right? Kurupt and Method Man, on Tupac’s album … But guess who’s on that song first? Nas,” Snoop said at the 1:32:00 mark, prompting gasps of surprise from N.O.R.E. and the rest of the room.
“I’m telling you the truth. Nas came over to Daz [Dillinger]’s house and got on the song first, then Redman and Method Man got on that song. Then Tupac got out the pen, and Daz gave it to 2Pac and took cuz verse off, but left Method Man and Redman on it. Yeah, you heard it first, n-gga. And if you get at Daz, he may have the files.”
Nas wasn’t the only rapper to have been taken off the track. Fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck, The Lady of Rage and RBX also had their verses pulled from the song, which started out as a Dogg Pound track before it landed on All Eyez On Me.
Years after Pac’s death, Nas featured the late rapper on his 2002 album God’s Son. He also eventually collaborated with Tha Dogg Pound on “Don’t Stop, Keep Going.” Ironically, there’s an earlier version of the song featuring a verse from Tupac taunting The Notorious B.I.G. and Bad Boy Records.
Last July, an unreleased diss song Nas recorded toward Pac called “Real N-ggas” resurfaced online, on which he rapped, “From tube-socks in Timbs to blue rocks and Benz/Who got the ends, the type of n-gga 2Pac pretends/To all n-ggas who shine, guess who got revenge.”