The singer entered the music industry at the tender age of 12, recording with MC Hammer. She later met Tupac Shakur and the two formed a friendship. Pac promised to help Keyshia launch her career and offered her the opportunity to write a hook on one of his upcoming projects. Of course, the project never got done, as he died unexpectedly.
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