In a recent interview with Cam Capone News, Reggie Wright Jr. claims former No Limit artist C-Murder intentionally stole Tupac Shakur’s unreleased song word for word.
After Tupac passed away, many of his unreleased recordings were bootlegged on the streets. According to Reggie Wright Jr., someone who worked at the Pacific Archives, the company which stored Tupac’s unreleased music on reels, most likely released the music.
The songs would hit the streets in a series of mixtapes titled “Makaveli.” Many of those songs were later remixed and used for official posthumously releases. One in song in particular, “When We Ride On Our Enemies,” was not officially released until 2003 on Tupac’s ‘Better Dayz’ double album. But, according to Reggie, that did not stop No Limit artist C-Murder, as he copied Tupac’s song back in 1999 on his ‘Bossalinie” album.
C-Murder ‘On Our Enemies’
From the beat to the lyrics and chorus, C-Murder clearly copied the unreleased version of Tupac’s ‘When We Ride On Our Enemies.’ Originally produced by the late Johnny J., years later, the song was released on Tupac’s posthumous album and remixed by BRISS.
“Got some static with some ni–as
On the other side of town
And my big brother Kev’
Yo, he’s a rider now
What they want from us motherf–kin’ TRU ni–as
Cause we cool ni–as, now we do ni–as
And move ni–as
Am I wrong? Fools makin’ songs
Tryin’ to sound like us,”C-Murder, ‘On My Enemies’
“C-Murder ripped off one of ‘Pac’s songs word for word, song for song,” Reggie explained. “He tried to call it a tribute, but you don’t give the publishing credit to it. Ain’t no tribute, that’s a theft. That’s what C-Murder and them did back in the days.”
Tupac ‘When We Ride On Our Enemies’ unreleased version
Tupac’s version of the record disses artists such as the Fugees. Wyclef Jean who was a member of the hip hop group, Fugees, explained during an interview on Math Hoffa, why they were dissed. “It’s not a mystery. My connection with Haitian Jack, it is not a mystery. And I think the way Pac would move with his attacks would be is if its a problem with him but he’s there and he’s there, everyone is going to get it,” Wyclef explained. (Watch: WYCLEF REVEALS REASON WHY TUPAC DISSED THE FUGEES)
“Hey, got some static for some niggas on the other side of town
Let my little cousin K roll, he’s a rider now
What they want from us motherfuckin’ thug niggas?
Used to love niggas, now I plug niggas, and slug niggas
Am I wrong? Niggas makin’ songs, tryin’ to get with us,”– Tupac, ‘When We Ride On Our Enemies’
Mobb Deep was also mentioned on the record. During the beef between Tupac and Biggie Smalls, Mobb Deep was also on Shakur’s radar. It all started in 1995 when Tupac was in prison. Mobb Deep went on to release “Survival Of The Fittest” where it appeared the Queens duo was dissing Tupac. “Survival of the fit, only the strong survive (Thug life, we still livin’ it),” Havoc rapped on the chorus. Tupac known for popularizing “Thug Life,” took it as a diss. (Watch: HAVOC OF MOBB DEEP TALKS DISSING TUPAC ON “DROP A GEM ON ‘EM”)
C-Murder copies Tupac or pays tribute?
Although C-Murder starts the song “On My Enemies” stating he is paying tribute to Tupac, it is hard to believe, when the song had yet to be released, leaving many fans to believe C-Murder wrote the lyrics. “They was wrong for it,” Reggie Wright Jr., said referring to C-Murder and No Limit records CEO Master P.
“Put your guns up and show love
To one of the greatest ni–as in the game
This my one time tribute,”C-Murder, ‘On My Enemies’
Many artists have paid homage since Tupac’s passing, but no one has copied entire Tupac song. The only artist that comes to mind, is Ja-Rule who covered Tupac’s 1993 hit ‘Pain.’ On Rule’s third studio album, the Queens native, released ‘So Much Pain,’ which sampled Tupac’s ‘So Many Tears’ and copied some of Tupac’s ‘Pain’ lyrics. Tupac is credited as a writer on the song.