2Pac Allegedly Planned to Leave Death Row to Sign With Quincy Jones’ Label Before His Death

In an episode of Fat Joe’s Instagram series, Keyshia Cole shares a candid story that took place the night of 2Pac’s untimely fatal shooting.

Keyshia Cole reveals 2Pac had plans to leave Death Row Records to sign to Quincy Jones’ label prior to his untimely death in 1996.

On a new episode of Fat Joe’s ongoing Instagram Live series, Cole shared she initially was introduced to Death Row by MC Hammer. This was where she met 2Pac and Suge Knight, co-founder of the label. The weekend of Mike Tyson’s infamous Vegas fight the same night of 2Pac’s fatal shooting, his fiance, Kidada Jones, the singer, and her brother Outlawz rapper Nutt-so were also in town, said Cole. On the day he died 2Pac shared he’d be leaving Death Row for Quincy Jones’ label and that he wanted Cole to join him.

“I actually did know [2Pac],” she said. “He wanted to sign me to Quincy when he was with Kidada, Quincy’s daughter, and he was gonna leave Death Row and go to sign with Quincy. He wanted me to go over there because he said that Death Row was not the place for kids.” She was 15 at the time. 

Cole also added:

He died when I was 16. Right when my birthday was coming around, I just remember getting earrings in the mail from Death Row Records but Suge, of course, was already in jail.”

She also shared, “My mom literally came and got us from Suge’s house because everybody got shot that night. My brother and [Pac] used to rap together in The Outlawz.” According to Cole, the night on the night of the shooting: “We all drove to Vegas from L.A. Pac was in the car with Kidada. Suge was in they car. My brother was in they car. We was in our car. We were kids though. He just didn’t like that, you know what I mean? It was just, like, a lot of drama around that time.”

During the Instagram Live conversation Fat Joe asked Keyshia for her thoughts on if Drake was the “Michael Jackson of this time.” She responded by saying: “I mean, he has a lot of great records, and I think he switches up his sound so much that I think I understand, but I think at the same time, every artist is who they are in their own right. No, I don’t agree with you.”

Take a look at the episode below.

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