Tupac was attempting to ignite total warfare against The Notorious B.I.G. This means anyone that stood next to Biggie was liable to be hit with a direct shot. Per Irv Gotti, that was the case when it came to 2Pac’s issue with Jay-Z.
Irv made a recent appearance on Fat Joe‘s Instagram Live show, The Fat Joe Show, during which he touched on Jigga’s tension with Tupac. Gotti told Joey Crack that Hov got on 2Pac’s bad side by having Biggie featured on “Brookly’s Finest” from his debut album, Reasonable Doubt. On the track, Big makes a rare allusion to Tupac by using his name in witty wordplay.
“Gotta go, Coolio mean it’s gettin’ Too Hot,” Biggie raps after making a reference to “Who Shot Ya” earlier in the song. “If Fay’ had twins, she’d probably have two Pacs/Get it? Tu… Pac’s?” Per Gotti, allowing Biggie to get this off on his record put Hov in Tupac’s crosshairs.
“‘If Fay had twins/She’d probably have two Pacs, get it?’ and Jay’s on the record with him so now he’s like, ‘Fuck you, ain’t no nigga like me, fuck Jay-Z’ and he starts bombing on Jay,” Gotti said.
Along with explaining why Jigga was under fire, Gotti made it clear that he warned Hov not to do a song with Biggie. Yet it wasn’t because he was afraid of Jay-Z catching Tupac’s wrath, rather he wanted Hov to be more established before standing next to an artist with such a big presence.
“I was dead set against it. I was telling Jay, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it’ and he was like, ‘Why?’ I was like, ‘Big, he’s too strong. Before we take over the world, we gotta take over the West Coast,” Gotti told Joe. “Before we take over the West Coast, we gotta take over the East Coast. Before we take over the East Coast, we gotta take over New York. Before we take over New York, you gotta take over Brooklyn and he owns all that.’ And I was like, ‘This nigga’s not a wack nigga.’ I was in fear like, ‘Yo, you may came off like his little man, you understand?'”