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This is almost too surreal for words. A just released 22-minute conversation of 2Pac calling Monster Kody in October ’95, fresh on bail and so newly signed to Death Row that Kody congratulates him on the deal.

“This was me and Tupac’s first conversation,” said Kody. “This was October 18th, 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 ass history.”

As Gotty points out, “Bomb ass history was an understatement.” There’s so much to unravel from 2Pac’s plan to start a community youth league with Treach and Coolio. He shouts out Antoine Fuqua, then 22, while calling John Singleton a coward. He slanders the off-duty cops that he shot in Atlanta and claims that if the racial situation was reversed, they’d be giving them a ticker tape parade. He talks about his belief that the woman who accused him of rape was somehow tied up in his first Quad Studios shooting in NYC. They talk about wanting to do a Malcolm X and Alex Haley type collaboration and how 2Pac originally asked Maya Angelou to help him write it.

2Pac tells about mistreatment from the guards in prison, the three murders that occurred behind the walls, the riots, and the new video that he’s about to shoot this Wednesday. It’s with Dre and Roger. It’s going to “give it up for California.” They make plans to record. 2Pac tells him that he’s in the studio every day, which he reportedly was until that last trip to Las Vegas.I could excerpt passages, but really, if you’re a 2Pac fan, you’re going to have to listen to the whole thing in amazement.



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