Kurupt says he walked away from Death Row because of the circumstances surrounding Tupac Shakur’s murder.
He said after Pac’s death, the artists all realized how dangerous being at the label was and that the wanted out.
“Everywhere we was going we had to keep our eyes open, 10 toes on the ground,” he said. “We had to stay heated and make sure that we protected ourselves. And then to go to Death Row and feel the same way as when we in the streets: we all kinda got burnt on that.”
Kurupt continued, “We all was a little tired of walking on egg shells. Because if we gon be here and it feels the same was as being on the streets, then whats the difference? If a n-gga gotta come to the studio heated, what’s the difference,” he said.
“Dr. Dre set up the woo-wop, like, ‘It can be done, you can leave,'” he added. “When I saw Dr. Dre do that, then 2Pac died, that was the final straw for me. N-ggas is getting shot even with Suge. Now THAT is it.”
Pac was fatally shot on September 7, 1996, in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 25 years old.