Funkmaster Flex came under a recent shit storm for his comments regarding 2Pac and the circumstances surrounding the robbery that took place at a New York recording studio back in 1995. One of the first to publicly chastise Flex, for what many view as over opinionated and unnecessary meddling, was T.I., albeit in a calm and collected manner. However, the same couldn’t be said for Naughty by Nature’s Treach, who unleashed a strong verbal assault across (as is the case nowadays in the modern world) social media. The Flex video has gone viral so pretty much the entire world and his dog has chimed in, but for those who somehow did miss it, here it is again, complete with extensive annotations and footnotes so you can get a full overview of what went down.
07:36 Flex talks about 2Pac’s Harlem roots, probably to control the narrative and prevent the topic from potentially escalating in to an east coast west coast thing.
09:20 Gives a brief history about his early career as a radio DJ who helped put out music from groups like Digital Underground. In what could be interpreted as an attempt to show listeners his support for artists closely affiliated with 2Pac, He brings out a platinum plaque of Digital Undergrounds 1990 album Sex Packets and holds it up to the camera.
10:06 Ed Lover sends message via IG and it reads. “My boy Stretch (Live Squad) was with Pac in the studio that night. He shot himself trying to pull out his gun”. Flex responds to Ed’s comment with an emphatic smile and tells him “he’s keeping it too raw too quick”.
10:43 Proceeds to illustrate his status and long career in hip hop by proclaiming he was one of the few dj’s playing Digital Underground tracks in 1990. This statement leads him to address T.I’s criticism, basically dismissing T.I. on the grounds that he was only 10 years old at the time and so his opinion is void.
13:07 This is where Flex starts to address his original 2Pac comments that put him in all the hot water. He starts by explaining that he agrees with the age old saying that one should never speak ill on the dead or those who are no longer here to defend themselves. This was a direct response to T.I’s G-Code statement and how he felt Flex was in direct violation of it. Flex’s defence is that there is no violation because the rules don’t apply in this particular instance. He then goes on to give some rambled reasoning, proclaiming that Notorious B.I.G was also a victim.
13:37 Backtracks a little, talking about 2Pac’s contribution to hip hop and how he loved him before he joined Death Row. He makes a further reference to Pac’s New York heritage, recalling 2Pac’s 1995 track “Old School” which pays homage to all the East Coast hip hop legends.
15:00 Flex starts to explain his one major issue with 2Pac, which he describes as his “pet peeve”. He then categorically proclaims that Biggie did not set 2Pac up the day he was shot in the elevator at Quad Studios.
17:10 Flex tries to address 2Pac’s claim that Biggie was implicit in the shooting. The account Flex gives was that 2Pac had full knowledge of his attackers and the reasons behind the ambush as they were associates of his. This was also the reason why Pac was carrying a piece because he was expecting something could go down.
“Somewhere in there, after the robbery, the claim is, that the Notorious B.I.G set him up. When you say that the Notorious B.I.G set you up and you’re now an artist that now lives on the West coast…..there was a whole team of people now who was against Biggie”
18:53 He then goes on to address T.I.’s G-Code comments for the second time, say that it was in fact 2Pac who was violating the G-Code because Pac was screaming Biggie’s name from the hospital, something that in his opinion Pac shouldn’t have done, regardless of whether it’s true or not.
“Cause you a G T.I., and you know we ain’t supposed to call false names and anything that happens to us in the street…..we ain’t supposed to call no names, number one, and then you supposed to take up your issues with the people that you have an issue with…..that’s it….that’s it….you don’t scream a name. He was screaming Biggies name, 2Pac lied bro”
19:46 Flex expresses his issue with 2Pac allegedly knowing his assailants but allowing the world to believe that it was Biggie who set him up.
20:00 Flex asks for a response from Ed Lover about what went down in the studio the night 2Pac got shot. Ed would respond later in the video.
20:40 Flex addresses the criticism of waiting 20 years to speak on the situation. He kinda deflects the question by giving an account of the type of person the Notorious B.I.G was, whom he also claims in the same sentence to not know all that well.
“Let me tell you about the 20 years later….[pauses]…I’ma tell you about Big and I ain’t even know Big that well. But I’ma tell you why I’m on it 20 years later….Let me tell ya about the kind of guy Notorious B.I.G was. He would never, ever, take part in that fuckin’ buffoonery… [Flex’s tone changes and face contorts]…of someone calling the wrong names on a robbery, because he’s not going to make himself look all nuts….Notorious B.I.G was a G. He would just eat it and keep it moving”
22:25 Flex responds to someone asking him why he wasn’t vocal about the situation on the radio at the time it happened.
23:47 Flex talks about how people worship and fixate on the gangster persona side of 2Pac which he describes as very small part of who Pac actually was.
24:49 Ed Lover responds to Flex’s earlier question on what actually went down at the time of the 2Pac robbery.
“Ed Lover said without any names, dudes came to see Pac because of some other street beef he had with (we know who). Stretch who was about 6.5 was never touched, Biggie didn’t know about it at all….Pac was my friend.”
26.20 Flex starts to talk about 2Pac’s contribution to the music industry but then diverts mid sentence and asks Ed Lover another question about whether it was true that 2Pac actually shot himself during the robbery. Ed responds almost immediately.
“Reaching for his gun he accidentally shot himself, yes”
27:50 Flex then gives a long commentary about similar street robbery confrontations and how Pac reaching for his gun could have been a factor in him being shot, inferring that Pac may never have got shot at all had he not reacted.
31:30 This is the part were Flex becomes highly emotional, revealing his true feelings towards 2Pac and the tragic outcome of the legendary beef.
“People always wanna ask me why I said it 20 years later….I said when the fuckin shit was going on….and Biggie wouldn’t have fucking died if that n###a hadn’t lied. He lied, and ya’ll n###a’s worship him!!”
32:44 Flex continues his emotional tirade, re addressing T.I. and proclaiming that nobody want’s to tell the truth. His focus becomes Biggie and the insinuation that 2Pac’s status as a hip hop God gives him immunity from any criticism or analysis of the truth.
34:55 Flex regains his composure before addressing Suge Knights son, who was also very vocal in his criticism of Funkmaster. Flex initially takes a calm and non hostile approach, appreciating that Suge’s son is just looking out for his dad. He also talks about his admiration for Suge Knight and his legacy in making the west coast hip hop scene the power house it became, particularly in regard to shaping Dr. Dre’s career. But those positive words of respect and admiration are short lived, as Flex goes on to mock Suge, explaining how nobody in New York was afraid of him the way the world thinks they was.
“And I wanna say this with a straight face so there’s no fucking confusion today. I do respect your dad and what he laid down in the music business, but I wanna be so fucking clear right now. When he used to come to New York, nobody gave a fuck!”
Flex wraps up by back tracking over statements he made throughout the video, how much he loves Pac and how much he respects Suge and he’s not slandering him.
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