While developing his recording and acting career during the early 1990s, the original rebel of the underground made a handful of memorable guest appearances on Yo! MTV Raps. 2Pac first visited the Yo! studio in late 1991 to promote his acting debut as the frenetic Roland Bishop in the breakthrough 1992 film Juice. Joined onset by his Juice co-star Omar Epps, 2Pac exhibits a playful demeanor in joking around and feigning beef with the shows co-host T-Money. A short time later, 2Pac returned to Yo! to perform If My Homie Calls, one of the standout tracks from his 1991 debut album 2Pacalypse Now. Though its one of his earliest post-Digital Underground solo performances, 2Pacs dynamic stage presence and undeniable charisma are on full display.
The following year, 2Pac was joined by original Yo! host Fab 5 Freddy in Los Angeles for an extended interview that explores a wide range of topics. During the 15-minute clip, 2Pac discusses growing up poor in New York City, Baltimore and the Bay Area, the influence of his mother Afeni Shakurs involvement with the Black Panther Party, and the ascendance of hip-hop accompanied by record companies increasing control of the message in the music. In addition, he introduces and incessantly plugs his Thug Life brand and crew, mentions his upcoming role alongside Janet Jackson in the 1993 film Poetic Justice, touts his forthcoming sophomore album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, and delivers an impromptu freestyle in the recording studio, with fellow emcees Coolio and the late MC Breed by his side.
Enjoy the performance and interview footage below, and stay tuned for additional Yo! MTV Raps throwback memories here on soulhead!