As a hip hop fan it’s one of those moments that you remember very clearly. Where you were when you heard the news that rap legend Tupac Shakur had succumb to the bullet wounds he suffered on that infamous night in Las Vegas in September 1996.
On the 15th anniversary of his death BET.com spoke with a bevy of music stars to gather their personal recollections on the event.
R&B/soul chanteuse Erykah Badu recalls that she was in her hometown of Dallas, Texas when she received the news.
“I was just like aww, so beautiful so talented,” Badu says of her reaction.
Brooklyn wordsmith and actor Mos Def says the news hit him hard when he heard it.
“I was in New York,” Mos remembers. “I felt terrible.”
Even Tupac’s rap rivals at the time Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep took it hard when they learned of his passing.
“I was in New York and I was in my car and remember Angie Martinez [Hot 97 radio host] stopped the music,” says Mobb member Havoc. “They said that he died from his gun wounds. And even though we had our little rap differences it still was messed up.”
Other artists who shared their stories include, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, and Joe Budden.
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