Questlove Clarifies 2Pac “Hit Em Up” Comments Following Internet Backlash

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: Questlove attends the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 06, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Robert Smith/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
He wanted to be sure fans knew exactly what he meant with his words.

Because of Kendrick And Drake's enticing back and forth, everyone has been thinking about rap beef recently. Unsurprisingly, that included someone whose done as much thinking about hip-hop as anybody, Questlove. The multi-medium artist and rap historian appeared to make some surprising comments about one of the great diss tracks in rap history, 2pac's "Hit Em Up." But after his supposed comments made the rounds online he returned to social media to clarify.

He wanted fans to know he certainly doesn't think the track is anywhere near the weakest diss track ever. "Let’s be clear on the context I was speaking of aight? lol woke up to a grip of “what did Dennis Edwards/Pac do to you?!” texts. I’m speaking of the musical backdrop of that record 'Hit Em Up'" the caption of his Instagram post reads. In the post itself, he revealed that the viral comments were taken out of context and he was actually talking about the song that was interpolated into the song. He describes the reporting of his comments as a weird game of telephone and warns people not to "Don't take my ish outta context." Check out his new post refuting earlier claims below.

Questlove Clears Up Confusion Over 2pac Comments

Fans weren't that surprised by what Quest had to say about "Hit Em Up" given other comments he's made recently. He reacted to the Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef by claiming that "hip hop is dead." He took issue with their arms race to insult each other as much as possible and even claimed that the very idea of a diss track is antithetical to hip-hop. Those comments also had fans buzzing about what their favorite disses actually mean to rap music.

What do you think of Questlove circling back on his comments about 2pac's "Hit Em Up" to make sure fans knew what he meant? Do you agree with him that diss tracks aren't actually in the spirit of hip hop? 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.