How different would hip hop history gone down if Tupac Shakur had signed with No Limit Records instead of Death Row?
In an interview with HipHopDX, Master P revealed that during the early ’90s, he was in talks with Pac about signing the rapper to his No Limit label. This was when Pac was still based in Oakland, and No Limit was still an up-star independent label based in Richmond, California.
Prior to signing to Death Row in ’95, Pac was on Interscope Records where he released 2Pacalypse Now, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., Thug Life: Volume 1 and Me Against the World. Who knows how things would have turned out if he was on No Limit instead.
“To be honest wit’chu, at one time, I was thinking about signing Tupac,” Master P recalled. “[Tupac] was liking the movement of what we was doing but we wasn’t fully there yet.”
In an interview with Complex, the No Limit head honcho recalled his early rap days when he used to open up for Pac:
Master P: I used to come out for 2Pac when the lights were still on. There was one guy dancing, and I told my brother, “I’m going to turn that one fan into millions.” So that’s what I did. And you got to remember: I was in Richmond, California. I got gold teeth, I’m from the South, I’m just an oddball. They’ve never seen nothing like me before. Now when you look at the Bay, everyone got gold teeth and dreads. It’s funny because when I was there, they didn’t understand me, and now everyone in the Bay looks like that.From 2Pac to Solange: Master P Shares Stories From His Iconic Career | Complex