That Time Tupac Visited Mike Tyson in Prison

Mike says Tupac had “it.”

Mike Tyson’s friendship with Tupac is fairly well documented but it’s never not interesting when he recalls the different stages of it.

Recently speaking with DJ Whoo Kid on Shade 45, the famed boxer turned actor recalled meeting the hip hop legend. Interestingly, Tyson didn’t even know who ‘Pac was during their first encounter at a Brooklyn club.

“Me and one of the guys [running the event were] talking to us [outside],” he recalled when asked about his relationship with Tupac. “There was this little guy [trying to get in the club]… I was like, ‘What’s up, shorty? Hey yo, let him in.’ He said, ‘Mike that’s cool, don’t worry about it.’ But then he came back with 50 people. He went around the back. I’m still talking to the guy. I go in the club, this is 30-45 minutes later, Tupac is on the mic rocking. The club is off the hook and then [the guy trying to get in earlier] said come over here, ‘cause I didn’t see the guy. I just saw when he had the crew. He said, ‘Thanks for letting us in.’”

The little guy he was referring to was Tupac and it apparently had an effect on him. Mike then explained their next meeting, which was when ‘Pac wanted to visit him in prison in 1992.

“His mother is writing me and telling me [I let him in the club],” he remembered. “I didn’t know who he was. He wasn’t famous then. Then he was famous when I got locked up so he wrote me. He appreciated me letting him in and he wanted to visit me so he came to visit me and we started talking about each other.”

Also during the interview, Mike Tyson talked about Drake reportedly dating his daughter, her tennis prowess and his Adult Swim program, Mike Tyson Mysteries.

Watch the full Mike Tyson interview segment here. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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