Today, when anything happens, it’s documented, sometimes by video or a photo or via eye witness accounts on social media. Back in the day, you didn’t always hear about every incident.
In a recent interview with SPIN, West Coast rap vet Coolio recalled an altercation he witnessed between Tupac and Compton rap legend King Tee — responsible for launching the careers of Tha Alkaholiks and Xzibit. According to Coolio, Pac and his crew assaulted Tee, after mouthing off while drunk.
One night we were at Prince’s club Glam Slam. [Compton MC] King Tee, he had a drinking problem, was there and he sees Pac wearing a burgundy bandana. Tee tells him to take it off, and Pac refuses. Then Tee tries to snatch it off of Pac’s head, so — bam! — he gets socked in the face. The fight spills out of the club, and now they’re separated. Pac crosses the street to where his crew is, but Tee follows him over there to talk more shit.
All these guys start whooping his ass, like…
[Stands and kicks the couch furiously with both legs; our recorder falls off the arm.]
So I run across the street and get over him. [On all fours.] And I yell, “Pac, make them stop!” He’s like, “Cool, you saw him! He started it!” And I’m like, “You know he’s a drunk!” So Pac calls them off and helps me up, like, “He’s lucky you were here.” And he was, too. I picked up Tee and pretty much carried him back.
King Tee read about this revelation, and took to Twitter to address it, calling Coolio a drug addict.
“If u gon’ tell a #20yrold story #Keepit100 #UBUTCHASSNIGGA @Coolio I’M ON YO #crack HEAD #weirdo,” he tweeted.
“I took what you call a #DrinkingProblem and turned it into @ThaAlkaholiks & #ThaLikwitCrew WHAT HAVE YOU DONE 4 #hiphop?” King T added. “Don’t speak on me @Coolio #Pawtna! I went #Dippin! u went on a #FantasticVoyage and aint been back since! #Cocainesahellofadrug #Thatisall.”