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Hip-Hop Rumors: R.Kelly Reveals What Rapper Was Originally Supposed To Be On “The Best Of Both Worlds” Instead of Jay-Z

R.Kelly autobiography, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, is out July 28, and Rolling Stone got its hands on some interesting excerpts from the book, where R.Kelly reveals that Jay-Z wasn’t his original choice for the ‘The Best Of Both Worlds’ album. The Chicago crooner says that the rapper that originally sparked the idea for him was Tupac Shakur.

In the book, Kelly recalls a 1996 chance meeting with ‘Pac in front of a hotel. He says they planned to release a collaborative album at that meeting, but the idea came to a tragic end after Shakur was murdered later that year.

“Come September, and it looked like my schedule was opening up just before the holidays. I set up a meeting with Pac for us to plot our strategy, get firm dates and make the musical bomb that we both know would explode all around the world,” Kelly wrote. “But another bomb exploded that no one saw coming.”

The story is all detailed in the book’s chapter titled “Yo Pac! Yo Biggie!” In that same chapter, Kelly also recalls a moment when he made Biggie Smalls cry after he played him a few notes from a song that would become “I Believe I Can Fly”. Check out the except below:

“One time, we were on tour together and we were staying at the same hotel in Detroit. It was late and the after-party was over. The hotel-lobby party was over. The hotel-room party was over. There were still people hanging out in the lobby. And I was back in the lobby where they had this piano. I had just recalled that childhood dream with the cartoon characters chasing me. I remember the melody from that dream and was trying to figure out the rest of the lyrics, working on what would become “I Believe I Can Believe Fly.” Biggie and his crew came in the lobby about four in the morning.

“What’s up, baby! Great show, baby! What you doing?

“He came over to the piano, and I started to play it for him: “I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky . . .” but so far that’s all I had.
“I’m gonna tell you right now, B, that’s a smash. That’s a big hit right there. That’s a Grammy winner, Rob.”
When I was playing it for him, I was thinking – he’s a hardcore rapper; this is gonna be too soft for him – but when I got through and looked up, his face was wet with tears.

“My brother,” he said, “they gonna be playing that when you and I have moved on to the other side of time.”

It sounds like R.Kelly has a lot of great stories to tell. Imagine how different the Best Of Both Worlds‘ album would have been if it was ‘Pac instead of Jay-Z?

The singer’s new album, Write Me Back, is out now.

27 Responses to “Hip-Hop Rumors: R.Kelly Reveals What Rapper Was Originally Supposed To Be On “The Best Of Both Worlds” Instead of Jay-Z”

  1. gerald bransol

    I could of sworn we alread seen news or a rumor on this already or I already knew from another site…. hmmmm this site is as we say here in france  NUL  aka SUCKS

    • Brian Andrew Smith

      its actually well documented.  they did a track together, and then they decided to do the joint record.  kellz had all the shyt ready to go and then pac died, so instead of completely scrapping the project he got jay to jump on it.  

  2. Raheem Classick

     The article states > Imagine how different the Best Of Both Worlds‘ album would have been if it was ‘Pac instead of Jay-Z ? < No I can't, But I can imagine If AHH had real Journalist and came up with fresh new stories & articles instead of playing with its readers intelligence by re-hashing A story done by anther Hip Hop site. (Epic Fail)  

  3. TheOnlyCoop

    Now wait I remember a story on AHH where Baby said he was the one who came up with the idea and R. took it to Jay.

  4. Guillaume Pilon

    the orignator of that idea  was governor   he was soppused to do it with 50 back in the days
     
    he brang that to TRACKMASTER  they stole his idea and brang it to jay

  5. Guillaume Pilon

    1. When did you first meet 50 Cent? And how did the G-Note record deal happen?I first met 50 at Poke’s studio in Jersey.  I was invited to come and work out with Trackmasters asa write and 50 was working with them at the time as well.
    2. Tell us about your early work with 50 Cent on Columbia/Trackmasters. Is it true that the “Best Of Worlds” album was actually your and Fif’s idea?
    The “Best of Both Worlds” idea was totally ours from the beginning.  We spoke about it often.  I remember one day Tone asking me to go with him to the studio because Jay-Z wanted me to do a hook for him.  Come to find out, they were plotting all the time.  I remember being in the booth, just finishing up the hook and Jay waived his hand at me as if he wanted me to come out into the control room.  When I got out there, he was gone, strangest thing.  After that, I asked Tone whatever happened to that record.  He never had any answers.  Later that year, after they released the project, I got a call from a friend telling me my song was on the album. R Kelly just sung over my parts and kept it moving.

  6. therealjjohnson

    Man everybody and they momma was suppose to do some shot with pac…I swear keverybody tells the extract same story. “we had a meeting right before he went to Vegas” blah blah blah…we don’t believe you….you need more people.

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  8. johnblacksad

    which girl was he orignally supposed to pee on before he replaced her with that fifteen year old chick? He ain’t asnwer that!!

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