Below is the exclusive Interview I did
with Quincy D. Jones III for 2Pac2K.de on February 10,
2Pac2K: Lets start from the beginning, how did
you feel when you first meet Tupac, I think that was
after Pac said this words about your father for which
he'd later apologize?
QDIII: Before I met him I didn't really think
too much of him because he was always running his mouth
and acting out of control. But when I heard Dear Mama
I realized that he was one of the first rappers that
did a song that had real emotion that really moved me.
At that point I started diggin' his music and after
he got out of jail I contacted him and asked him if
the album was done and he said yes but let me hear what
you got. I gave him a beat tape with "Heaven Ain't Hard
To Find" and he said that's just what I need right now
and he ended up taking a song off of "All Eyes.." and
adding "Heaven...". And he wrote it so quick and he
was so cool and real that over night I under stood that
he had a special gift that I had never witnessed anything
like before in all my times as a rap producer. So to
answer your question, by the time I met him I had already
changed my mind about him but originally I didnít like
the way he was always lashing out but now I completely
understand why he did it and by knowing his upbringing
it makes sense and I do think he meant well in all cases.
He was just trying to be as real with people as possible
without bullshit and if they couldnít take it he didnít
care, you gottaí respect that.
2Pac2K: Will "Thug Angel" be released worldwide
or will 2Pacs international fans have to order it via
QDIII: Thug Angel will be released world wide
Iílm not sure exactly what date but probably close to
April 2nd 2002.
2Pac2K: What are your personal highlights of
QDIII: There are so many highlights letís see
there is a part in the movie where we show Pac in the
studio explaining and kind of directing the Outlawz
on how to make records faster and he goes on to explain
that when he did his album it only one week to do it.
He tells them make the beat hurry and lay your vocals
and whatever your last word on the rap is use that as
the chorus then jump to the next song, fuck sitting
around and trying to listen for details just move, we
donít have time for all that shit! Another favorite
is the gunrange footage because he is so casual and
we include the whole 30min interview on the DVD. But
really there are many many moments in the film that
are priceless. Oh I almost forgot, we have him in action
on stage bagginí on various artists hard, I donít want
to mention names, but itís Juicy.
2Pac2K: You told me that the video will feature
an interview Tupac did at an age of 17 in Marin City,
is that the footer which was also shown on MTv's Biorhythm
that went something like this "...I'm most like my mum
because I'm arrogant, totally arrogant..."?
QDIII: Itís the same interview but the whole
thing ( in the bonus footage & the film) itís about
30min at least. For all those who think Pac was always
the Deathrow Pac please watch this because itís very
telling and sad because he had such a good heart. Better
2Pac2K: Will there be a soundtrack for "Thug
Angel" or will the movie feature previous unreleased
QDIII: Yes there will be a soundtrack but it
will come out a month later. It will feature most of
Pacís friends in the Rap game Iíll keep you posted on
specifics but itís gonnaí be hot.
2Pac2K: What price can we expect for "Thug
QDIII: Thug Angel will sell for around $20.00
even in the US and probably around the same world wide.
It will be like Christmas for any one interested in
Pac because it contains 4hours of material and it should
have been a double CD but we didnít want to raise the
price so everone could afford it.
2Pac2K: Which Tupac family members / friend
did you interview on the video?
QDIII: Iíll name a few Step Father/mentor Mutulu
Shakur(from Jail), Step Brother Mopreme, Shock G, Treach,
Johnny J, Leila Steinberg(who Pac lived with for 4 years
& manager),Atron Gregory (manager), Quincy Jones, Rashida
Jones, Henry Fazon(Body guard), Black Panthers, Mike
Dyson, Money B, & Davey D. We tried to stick with people
who really knew Pac not just people who Pac worked with.
The people in our film knew Pac as he was, the human
being. Thatís why the film offers such an intimate look
at him, not just exploitation, if you ever wanted to
meet him, watching the film will give you a very good
feel for what it would be like. He was about so much
more than just getting murdered and doing diss records
as im sure you know.
2Pac2K: Will you discuss details on the L.V.
shooting / alive theories on "Thug Angel"?
QDIII: We talk about every aspect of his life.
2Pac2K: You did work together with Leila Steinberg,
rumors say that she is going to release a second "The
Rose That Grew From Concrete", do You know if that's
QDIII: Iím not sure, I can find out.
2Pac2K: What's Your favorite Rap CD's (Favorite
2Pac album and Favorite "non" 2Pac album)
QDIII: Favorite Pac would be all of it, if
I had to choose a whole album Iíd probably say "Me Against
The World". Other than that I like India Arie. By the
way Pac would only really listen to Dionne Farris and
Tori Amos type of music.
2Pac2K: You've also told me that You and Pac
wrote "To Live & Die In LA" within' one and a half hour.
What was the most impressive thing that ever happened
when you were with Pac?
QDIII: Pac was a first mind type of person,
by that I mean he listened to what ever came to his
mind first and went with it so just being around him
and seeing him write so quick or make important decisions
in a heartbeat was always impressive non stop. I was
there when he signed onto do Gang related, we were working
on Makaveli and he told the film company if me and QD3
can do the score Iíll do the movie and that was that
but after he passed away they didnít grant him his wish
but we did end up with the title track Lost Souls.
2Pac2K: There are 2 new 2Pac albums scheduled
for this spring, the soundtrack for MTv's and Amaru's
2Pac movie and a double album which is supposed to be
named "Soon As I Get Home". Are you going to produce/remix
tracks for this albums? If yes, can you tell me names
of the songs?
QDIII: Iím not sure yet because we always finish
the songs right before release so weíll see. I heard
some of Johnny Jís tracks that are going on there and
they sound just like the A lot of the old stuff they
2Pac2K: What are your plans for the near future,
are you going to do more movies, or do you plan to stay
in the music business?
QDIII: I plan on doing both, I almost like
doing movies better only because itís like telling a
complete story and you can get a bit more creative.
But Iíll always do both, I also do a a lot of movie
scores, I just did a Chris rock movie. On the new Mack
10 cd I did a song with him , Xzibit, & Scarface. Take
2Pac2K: Thank you for the interview