Tupac was one of society’ s greatest artists. Personally, it’s always a treat to come across some never-before-seen footage of his, no matter how surreal it may be to experience it.
Not long ago, an October 1995 conversation between ‘Pac and former Los Angeles gang member-turned-black nationalist Monster Kody (born Kody Dehjon Scott) was released and it’s as surreal and chilling as you would expect it to be. Pac himself was fresh out of jail and had recently signed to Death Row Records and Kody had been out a month from Pelican Bay.
According to Kody, this was the first the conversation the two shared.“This was Oct. 18, 1995. I had just gotten out of Pelican a month before, and Pac had been out a couple of days. We did not know we were being recorded. My wife pressed record on the answering machine and unbeknown to either of us, caught some bomb a– history.”
It was really interesting to listen to this because there were so many plans an eager Tupac had in the making. On the call he spoke about major hit, “California Love,” already positive it would be a banger. But more than the music, he wanted to work alongside other musical influencers to clean up the streets of some of America’s inner cities by partnering with leaders on the corner. It seems he wanted to implement a “work from the inside” strategy to effect change. In between frequent calls from his lawyers, ‘Pac shared his plans to start a community youth basketball league, with the likes of Coolie and Naughty By Nature’s Treach as coaches. He also wanted to work with the Rev. Al Sharpton to register voters and build community centers across the county.
If nothing else, ‘Pac understood thoroughly it takes power to make any sort of difference. And from the nature of this call, he was certainly on his way to doing just that.
True Tupac admirers will be completely amazed (and possibly saddened) by this conversation. It’s a shame so much unearthed potential was snatched from society, but his legacy forever stands. Check it out below.