2pac Reportedly Wanted To Diss Common While Beefing With Ice Cube

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Napoleon is ultimately glad that 2pac never entered the beef.

During Common and Ice Cube's rap beef in the mid-90s there was reportedly someone else who wanted in, 2pac. The revelation comes from former Outlawz member and one of Pac's protégés Napoleon. He sat down with The Art Of Dialogue to explain where Pac fit into the often-forgotten Common and Ice Cube beef. "“I remember when the East Coast-West Coast thing was heating up, I think Common and Cube was going through their beef, like they were dissing each other,” he explains in the clip. “I remember ‘Pac was like, ‘See, if I was cool with Cube right now, I’d be going after Common for him, but now I’m staying out of it.'”

Reportedly the only thing keeping 2pac from chiming in was some friction he had with Cube at the time. Despite that, Napoleon says Pac still admired Cube. “‘Pac had a lot of love for Cube. I never heard him say anything negative about him. I think at one particular time they were closer, and maybe they just went their separate ways. But that’s the only thing I heard him say about Cube, but he definitely respected Cube.” He ends the segment by saying he's glad that Pac never went after Common because he thinks the two would have really understood each other.

2pac Almost Backed Ice Cube In His Common Beef

Interest in 2pac and his story rose greatly in recent weeks. That started when Las Vegas Police raided a home last month. They later confirmed was in connection with the investigation into 2pac's murder. That house belonged to Keefe D, someone who has long been associated with the rapper's killing.

Even more interest sparked up when a ring worn by 2pac in one of his final public appearances became the highest selling piece of hip-hop memorabilia ever sold at auction. It became even more interesting when Drake was revealed to be the one who purchased the ring. What do you think of 2pac wanting to "go at" Common during his beef with Ice Cube? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.