August 18th, 2014
In the 30 years since Much debuted on Canadian TV, our VJ’s have had the opportunity to interview literally thousands of musicians and celebrities. One of the great perks of working at Much is being able to go down to the library whenever you want and watch so many incredible, classic interviews. The Much interview library is one of the best anywhere, and through the years we’ve sat down with everyone from Madonna and U2, to musicians we still miss like Kurt Cobain and even a Beatle.
But there is one interview amongst the thousands of tapes that is truly special for Much: Tupac Shakur at the 1996 MTV VMAs. Not only is it the last interview Much ever did with the now legendary rapper, but it is widely believed to be Tupac’s final interview with the media, period. Master T interviewed Tupac on September 4th, 1996, three days before he was shot in Las Vegas on September 7th. He died six days later, on September 13th, 1996.
So you can imagine that we keep this 2-and-a-half minute interview in a special, secure spot in our vault.
There are a few reasons why this Tupac interview is so important. First off, it was filmed at the height of the East Coast-West Coast rap wars, which Tupac talks about directly (check out how he disses Nas and Bad Boy Records!).
Second, Tupac’s charisma and passion comes through the screen. Everything he says is captivating.
Lastly, this interview is proof that the East Coast-West Coast rap war was only escalating in September, 1996. We all know how it ultimately (and tragically) ended.
Check out this interview if you’re a fan of Tupac, but even if you’re not, it’s the final glimpse you’ll get into the mind of a genius rapper and artist who left us much too soon.
In celebration of Much’s 30th Anniversary we’re going to be looking at amazing past footage, like this final Tupac interview, all month long. Keep up with the great anniversary content on Much.ca and by using the hashtag #ForeverYoung. Our special, 30 YEARS OF MUCH, premieres Saturday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET.Tweet