B-Real appeared on Big Boy TV where he recalled Tupac running around with no bodyguards and bulletproof vest.
One-half of the legendary hip hop group, Cypress Hill, B-Real’s impressive career spans over a few decades. During that time, the Cali native was able to work with and be around some of the greats, including Tupac Shakur.
Linking up with Tupac started as early as Shakur’s days with Digital Underground. Cypress Hill having a close friendship with Money B made the connection happen. Bringing “sacks of weed” whenever he met with Cypress Hill for one of their shows in the Bay Area. According to B-Real, since day one, Tupac showed his loyalty as he also voluntarily provided his own protection for the hip hop duo.
B-Real shares crazy story about Tupac
“We would run into each other at the conventions and stuff like that. He was a cool dude,” B-Real reflected on Big Boy TV. “He was a wild one. And what’s crazy is, he would road places before he gets with Death Row and he’s still wilding out like on his own. Before he had that sort of back up. When he was sort of on a solo run, he would run through these conventions by himself with bulletproof vest, no bodyguards.”
He added, “He be having a bandana covering his face, showing up on you like, ‘What’s Up!’ He was a trip.”
B-Real isn’t the only one who can testify for Tupac’s appearance during a convention. At the 1991 Jack The Rapper convention in Atlanta, Fat Joe met Tupac for the very first time. “It was me, Wu-Tang and a couple of people freestyling in front of Jack The Rapper. And the dude comes with a red bandana and two guns in his hands. That’s how I met Tupac Shakur,” said Fat Joe on All The Smoke podcast.
Tupac is on a mission
Unfortunately, Cypress Hill and Tupac lost communication after Shakur joined Death Row records. “I felt he was hyper focused on a mission. I think he felt he had a lot to prove to some and his blow up was inevitable. When you’re super focused like that, you tend not to see everything around you. And I think that’s what sort of happened. You sort of focus everything out. People you use to talk to constantly. Things change, because you’re on this mission,” explained B-Real.
Tupac’s time on Death Row records would only last 11 months after his release from prison in October of 1995. During those 11 months, Tupac would record hundreds of songs and star in multiple films, before his demise in September of 1996.