In a recent interview with The Art of Dialogue, former Outlawz rapper Napoleon discussed his observations on 2Pac leading up to his tragic murder.
Napoleon mentioned that he noticed a change in the performer’s behavior and demeanor during those days, which raised concerns among those close to him.
According to Napoleon, 2Pac grew wary of the people around him, causing some unease among his associates.
“I remember when he first went back [to New York] — this is a week before he got killed,” he began. “When we went to New York, it was tense. They had him staying in some hotel — I forget the name of it, but it’s in the middle of the city.” Napoleon continued, recalling the late icon being extra cautious ahead of his 1996 shooting. “While everybody was chillin’, doing their thing, I’m just in the window…saying nothing. […] And Pac walked over to me, because he was like, ‘[He] actin’ weird.’ […] I said, ‘Pac, I’m watching everybody in this hotel.’ And he was shocked. But that’s how he had us, because he was kind of paranoid.”
Notably, this is not the first time Napoleon has shared his thoughts on 2Pac. In another recent interview with the same outlet, he expressed his belief that some of 2Pac’s peers subtly disrespect him when discussing him now, likely in an attempt to elevate themselves. Specifically, Napoleon called out Snoop Dogg and Allen Hughes.
“Some of these individuals, they very slick,” he explained. “You have the Hughes brothers, you have certain individuals like Snoop, for example — they have a way where they acting like they praising Pac, but they[‘re] putting him down. Like [Allen Hughes] said, ‘[Snoop] dimmed his light for Pac to shine.’ They do it in such a slick way so you can be like, ‘Oh wow, he’s not a hater.’” What do you think of Napoleon claiming that 2Pac was “paranoid” in the days leading up to his death?