The interview was recorded on the set of 1997 film Gang Related.
A previously unheard interview featuring Tupac and Jim Belushi in conversation with journalists has been unearthed. According to the video’s description, the illuminating 20-minute clip was recorded on August 27, 1996, just three weeks prior to Tupac’s murder on September 13, 1996, in Las Vegas.
Both Tupac and Belushi are extremely candid and relaxed in the interview, discussing discussing their friendship, work methods and a variety of other topics. As you can expect from Tupac, there are a number of quotable moments.
“People ask me what my name means, I don’t tell ‘em like ‘Tupac Amaru.’ But I just say it means determined because I’m determined to never ever negotiate again,” he said.
“We are in the midst of war. Nobody wants me to live longer than [them]. Nobody’s gonna give me the breath out of their mouth for me to live longer, so therefore I’m not giving anybody the breath out of my mouth for them to live longer. I’ll just breathe deeply and go through this life myself without bothering anybody. Without pushing anybody else over. But on the same token, nobody ever will move me from where I’m standing.”
At one point, Belushi spits his own version of Grandmaster Flash’s ‘The Message’. You can hear the entire interview below.