2Pac’s reputation as a lady’s man is supposedly what’s to blame for his failed attempt at a romance with Janet Jackson, at least that’s what Spice 1 claims. In a recent interview with the Art of Dialogue, the veteran West Coast rapper was asked about Michael Jackson reportedly turning down an opportunity to collaborate with 2Pac over his alleged alliance with The Notorious B.I.G.
Spice 1 laughed it off, saying, “Who’s to know what Mike would listen to? That’s some funny shit. He was ridin’ with Biggie? All I can do is laugh at that.” But then he started reflecting on his time with 2Pac and how he would routinely push him to take his friendship with Janet Jackson to the next level.
“I was egging ‘Pac on to get with Janet,” he continued. “I kept on like, ‘Hey, man. You need to go holla at Janet, my n-gga. You trippin’.’ I don’t know what happened with that. I guess she got mad at him and wanted him to take an AIDS test and all kinds of crazy shit. But damn. Still to this day, I’m like, ‘Man, you should have got with Janet.’ But J.D. [Jackson’s ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri] handling that though.”
When asked if 2Pac ever spoke to him about Janet Jackson, Spice 1 replied, “He was fuckin’ with her and everything was cool. He was tryin’ to holler at her and everything. Maybe she was gonna holler at him or talk to him.
“But I think, you know, man …. you be asking me some crazy shit. He was like, ‘Man, shit she was taking too long.’ I think he ended up fucking one of her dancers or something and shit, and that struck a nerve. She wasn’t fuckin’ with that. She was like, ‘N-gga, you out your goddamn mind.’ That kinda ended everything right there I think — from my perspective, from my view. Something like that. Janet wasn’t fuckin’ with that. She was like, ‘No, n-gga.’”
Spice 1 went on to describe 2Pac as a “thug Michael Jackson” but acknowledged they are both “very famous people.” Considering both have been physically gone for years and are still so often the subject of conversation speaks to their impact on the world.
As for 2Pac and Janet Jackson, the two worked together on the 1993 film Poetic Justice while the pop star was still married to René Elizondo. According to co-star Regina King, the chemistry between the two was obvious. King made the revelation in the Lifetime Television Network docuseries Janet Jackson that premiered in January.
“Having Janet and 2Pac was huge because he was one of the biggest Hip Hop stars and she was definitely the biggest pop star,” King said. “I think they were both impressed with each other, but I don’t feel like either one of them wanted to let the other know.”
Toward the end of the film, 2Pac and Jackson shared a kiss, which perhaps appeared a little too genuine. King added, “I don’t know if Janet will ever admit to it, but there was a bit of that chemistry going on. You could cut the air in the room at times. But she was in a relationship with René, make no mistake about it.”