Updated: Aug 3, 2020
One of Tupac's collaborators, Delray Richardson, speaks on the subliminal shots thrown in Biggie's "Hypnotize."
According to a songwriter, there are lyrics in Biggie Small’s Hypnotize that were written about Faith Evans following rampant rumors that she had cheated on The Notorious B.I.G. with Tupac Shakur. Frequent Tupac collaborator Delray Richardson revealed the lyrics from Biggie’s 1997 classic that had a subliminal message to his wife about rumors that his wife cheated on him with his West Coast rival, Tupac Shakur.. Richardson is a platinum-selling songwriter who has recorded songs with Dr. Dre, Melle Mel, the Sugar Hill Gang, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, and Tupac. In a recent interview with The Art of Dialogue, the Tupac collaborator said that Hypnotize had a secret message to Faith Evans about cheating on him with 2pac. Hypnotize was a posthumous release for Biggie when it dropped on his Life After Death album on March 25, 1997. Smalls was gunned down in a fatal drive-by on March 9, 1997. But before he was robbed of his life at the young age of 24-years-old, there were rumors swirling that his wife Faith Evans had been unfaithful and been seeing Shakur for some time. “She described how Treach (rapper from Naughty By Nature) introduced her to Tupac inside the Hollywood Athletic Club,” Richardson explained. “Like I said before, she pulled up behind to Pac at the Hollywood Athletic Club and it was clear what I seen with my own eyes that her and Pac had already met before they got inside the club.”
Richardson says that the lyric that Biggie references Evans in Hypnotize is: “Dare I squeeze three at your Cherry M3, bang every MC easily.” Wallace was making a reference to shooting at Faith’s M3 BMW that she was driving during that encounter with Tupac at the Hollywood Athletic Club. In an episode of Drink Champs, Evans said Treach first introduced them, which Richardson flatly refutes and says they had definitely met before the meeting at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
Faith appeared on Tupac’s Wonda Why They Call U Bitch track from 1996. Faith says that when she went to collect her $25,000 for the track that Tupac invited her to his hotel and allegedly asked her for oral sex.
“[He asked] in a very surprising and offensive way for sure. By that time it was pretty clear to me, it seemed to me that that was kind of like a plan,” Evans said. “I kind of allowed myself to be played and allow myself to get into this situation, because this is totally not how I operate, that ain’t how I do business and that was never up for discussion as far as that being an exchange. That’s not what it was about.”
In Tupac’s 1996 diss track Hit ‘Em Up (Which is Eminem’s favorite diss track of all-time), Pac went after Biggie hard, “You claim to be a player, but I f*cked your wife.”
Biggie also had a line about Evans and Tupac in the Brooklyn’s Finest collaboration with Jay Z. “If Faye has twins, she’ll probably have two ‘Pacs.”
Delray recently shared one of the last photos of Tupac Shakur, only days before he was fatally shot on September 7, 1996. Pac can be seen sitting in his brand new customized 1996 AM General Hummer H1 Hardtop with a V8 engine on LaBrea and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.