New York’s own DJ Enuff, till this day cannot play Tupac’s “Hit ‘Em Up” and explains why on a recent episode of Juan EP Is Life podcast.
Released off their debut studio album “Conspiracy,” Junior M.A.F.I.A. featured Biggie Smalls on their 3rd single “Get Money.” The successful album released in the summer of 1995, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200. Months later, “Get Money Remix” was released, produced by DJ Enuff who sampled Dennis Edwards’ 1984 single “Don’t Look Any Further.”
The remix had immediate success peaking at number one on Billboard’s U.S. Hot Rap Songs. Unfortunately for DJ Enuff, the single took a hit and almost forgotten as Tupac would release “Hit ‘Em Up” four months later. The diss record, regarded by many as hip hop’s best, sent shock waves throughout the genre.
“Broke my heart. It hurt,” said DJ Enuff recalling the moment he heard Tupac’s iconic diss record. “You know how that felt? We were on the road and we were literally in Texas. We were doing a show with the Ghetto Boys or maybe it was Ice Cube and Mr. Scarface. Anyways, one of the Texas groups and after we finished our show we were leaving the arena and everyone is bumping Hit ‘Em Up. That’s the first time I heard it.”
The New York DJ who has hosted plenty of venues in his career claims he has never played Tupac’s “Hit ‘Em Up.” According to the hip hop vet, he remained loyal to Biggie Smalls even after his demise more than 25 years ago. Although DJ Enuff has his favorite Tupac songs he plays, “Hit ‘Em Up” is not one of those records.
Peter Rosenberg who joins Enuff with Cipha Sounds on “Juan EP Is Life” podcast, also agrees with DJ Enuff in deciding not to play the record. Both agreeing that Tupac went “too far” on one of hip hop’s greatest diss records of all time. (Watch: Ice Cube Not A Fan Of Classic Diss Record)
From start to finish, Tupac took aim at Biggie Smalls and the entire Bad Boy camp, along with anyone that sided with them. Faith Evans, Biggie’s wife at the time, was also dissed as Tupac claimed to have slept with her as soon as the song kicked off. Till this day Faith Evans continue to deny she and Tupac had any sexual relations, despite Tupac’s ex-girlfriend Desiree Smith claiming Shakur told her personally that he did. (Watch: Ex-Girlfriend Explains How Tupac Slept With Faith Evans)