Mobb Deep wonder why nigga blowed them out
Next time grown folks talk, nigga close your mouth

from 2Pac – Against All Odds Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This beef started when Tha Dogg Pound released New York, New York. Mobb Deep took offense to that and with Tragedy and Capone N Noreaga (two other NYC artists) they released LA, LA. There were 2 versions and one version used that same beat and in both versions the chorus was the same as from NY, NY except for a little change at the end. Now Tupac took offense to that and that’s why he dissed Mobb Deep. The only thing I know Mobb Deep to have said before Tupac released Hit ‘Em Up was in an article from RapSheet when they were discussing the East/West Coast beef with artists from both sides Mobb Deep said the way Tupac turned on NY was wrong and said they would buy a Snoop album but they would never buy another Tupac album. I think Havoc might have said this. (both were young, 22 at the time) Also, in the “Thug Immortal” interview, Tupac described why he didn’t like Mobb Deep. He said that before he went to prison, he was cool with them. Then when his West Coast crew came to NY to Mobb Deep’s concert, Mobb Deep ignored them. He said his crew tried to meet up with them after the show yelling “Thug Life”, but they dissed them. What made Tupac even madder was that one of the guards he knew in prison also knew Mobb Deep, so after Tupac told the guy to tell Mobb Deep that his boys were coming, he took it as an insult when they dissed them. Then Tupac came out with Hit 'Em Up…called Prodigy out about his sickle cell anemia and that’s when Mobb Deep responded with Drop A Gem On 'Em which appeared on their new album. Since Tupac’s death, Mobb Deep has shown a lot of respect for him though.

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