Havoc of Mobb Deep recently sat down with Jack Thriller of ThisIs50 where he discussed the group’s legendary beef with the late Tupac Shakur. Havoc explained how all the shade coming from Pac actually worked in the group’s favor. The Queens native didn’t speak on a specific record, but Pac infamously dissed Mobb Deep on “Hit Em Up,” on his album Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory and on other lesser-known bootlegged tracks.
At the time, Havoc and his partner-in-rhyme Prodigy responded to the insults with the 1996 track “Drop a Gem on Em” from their Hell On Earth album. But Havoc says the beef was just more publicity for Mobb Deep.
“I was happy about it,” Havoc told Jack Thriller. “The n—- saying our names. I didn’t know what the f— the beef was about. I didn’t even care. I was like damn, did you hear that? 2Pac dissing us. We about to sell some records.” Havoc also revealed that Mobb Deep had never even “crossed paths” with Pac before his death in September 1996. He added, “And we never got a chance to cross paths with him because he passed away,” he said. “I saw him from a long distance but I never met him. [I was a] fan. But didn’t even know him.”
In the nostalgic Q&A, the famed rapper/producer also recalled his time touring and working with 2Pac’s most famous rival, The Notorious B.I.G., on the song “Last Day” from Biggie’s Life After Death album.