Smif-N-Wessun members Tek and General Steele got into a confrontation with Sean Bigga on the latest episode of Math Hoffa’s My Expert Opinion.
According to the clip that was released on Monday (October 31), the Brooklyn natives were speaking about the time they visited the late 2Pac while working on his unreleased album One Nation in 1996. The podcast crew asked if Smif-N-Wessun could squash the beef between the East and West, but they replied there was no beef if they could go to California unscathed
“When you have a group of guys from Brooklyn going to the West Coast, and it’s nobody getting killed, I would say theoretically we could squash it,” Steele said. “Maybe we’re not big enough to go between these two towers and go ‘Guys…’ But we’re showing and proving that it’s squashed.”
Things got heated after Sean Bigga chimed in to call the group traitors for aligning themselves with Pac at a time when tensions were high between the coasts. According to Bigga, New York rap fans felt “attacked” by Pac, and a “real” New York group such as Smif-N-Wessun working with him didn’t feel right.
Steele wasted no time addressing Bigga and letting him know exactly why he and Tek went to go work with Pac under those wild circumstances. At the time, Pac wanted to release an album that showed the unification between rappers on the East and West Coast, and he looked at the Boot Camp Clik, which Smif-N-Wessun was a part of.
“I went out there to rep my hood, I went out there because I’m the only n-gga to have the balls to go out there because I don’t have hate for Pac or for Biggie so we the only n-ggas to do what we call special teams,” Steele said. “If we don’t go out there and have that God damn Nat Turner with the Black burner spirit, then we gonna be cowards because I don’t take no sides
Steele then stood up and explained that he, Tek and their team visited Pac to see what was up amid all the controversy between the coasts. Instead of finding someone who allegedly hated the East Coast, they saw someone they could call a brother, and before long, they realized the East Coast-West Coast beef wasn’t anything serious.
He added that 2Pac was just like them, and it angered him hearing people in Brooklyn praise his death in 1996, but he ultimately understood it. Bigga told Steele that fans and die-hard New York rap enthusiasts never got an explanation behind their meet-up with Pac to that degree, but he was grateful to hear the full story and hugged the rapper.
According to the story, 2Pac was in talks with DJ Premier, Buckshot from the Boot Camp Clik, Outkast, E-40, Scarface and more to record the unification album. Unfortunately, the album was never finished as 2Pac was shot in a drive-by shooting and succumbed to his injuries days later