The jealousy that 2Pac clearly felt toward so many figures in rap is extra apparent on a previously unreleased song that just found its way online.
Actually, to call it a song is somewhat of a misnomer. "Rant" is a much more appropriate adjective to describe the diatribe spewed over an unremarkable, throwaway beat that is oh so typical of the post-Dr. Dre Death Row Records.
In fact, Dre is a primary target on Watch Yo Mouth, which also sets its sights on dissing the usual suspects -- B.I.G., Puff and NaS -- making ridiculously inaccurate statements such as:
Bow down to Death RowNot even the peace-promoting De La Soul is safe from Pac's raging anger on the track:
Fuck what you say
We untouchable now that we done shook Doc Dre
Ain't made a beat in six years but swear she's the shit
Won't get no record sales sucking NaS' dick.
De La got a problem with this hard shit
Ever since Me Myself and I y'all been garbage
I'mma keep it real, show y'all how it feel to ride
Y'all went three feet and stopped rising.
Even Wendy Williams gets some misogynous, quasi-homosexual lyrics aimed at her:
Wendy Williams is a fat bitch, that's the truth
I got a jar full of niggas' nuts, that's for you.
Of course no Pac diss track would be complete without him mentioning the two people he was most jealous of:
Cream Puff never had no heart to startThat last couplet screams envy more than a DJ Clue protégé.
So how the hell Biggie Smalls get the part?
The funny part is that in this day and age Pac's ploy is ultra transparent, as it has been well-documented that he knew Puff and Biggie had nothing to do with the infamous Quad Studios robbery but used the incident to stat of a bi-coastal war all in the name of record sales. Because Pac was broke and in debt to Suge Knight for bailing him out of Rikers, he did any and everything he could to earn money, even if it meant rapping lies that would eventually cause bloodshed.
What's even funnier is that every one of Pac's so-called enemies mentioned on this track are still making big noise. Puff is more popular and successful than ever; Biggie's biopic did well all over the world; Wendy Williams has successfully expanded from radio to television; De La Soul is still making music and stays touring, performing worldwide in front of adoring fans from all walks of life; Dr. Dre is a living legend, currently conquering the high-end headphones market while still churning out high quality productions for a range of artists that spans all genres; and, of course, NaS is still widely considered one of the top rap lyricists of all time, an honor that was awarded to him even before Illmatic dropped.
Oh, and did I mention that the actual music for the track in question is horrible? That can't be underscored and emphasized enough.
I guess what it all comes down to is that I just don't understand the hysteria surrounding 2Pac the rapper. He lacked a high percentage of the criteria that was used in the 90s to judge rappers -- rhymes, lyrics and wordplay, for starters.
He definitely had all the swagger (a trait that currently outweighs actual skills in today's rap music landscape), but he was still a trained actor first and foremost. I always found it curious why more people and critics alike didn't recognize that his knack for histrionics and the controversy he generated were not a convenient coincidence.
However, it's always nice to be reminded of Pac's dearth of true rapping ability, so I am extending a sincere 'thank you' to whomever leaked this song online. I'm glad to know that my feelings toward his music continue to be justified.