This was the neighborhood where
Digital Underground’s manager Sleuth-Pro’s mother lived, where DU met
2Pac for the first time, in 1989. The 2Pac legend, of course, is that
he was living in Marin City
at the time, hungry as fuck. He hooked up with DU, started coming to Oakland,
and eventually became a roadie when they went out on tour. They put him on "Same Song” and then he became a solo act. Shock G wrote “I Get
Around” for DU, but gave it to ‘Pac. Pac was also on DU’s single “Wussup Wit the Luv,” which I always thought was super-underrated.
DU were dope, they were like a
jack-of-all trades group. They had this mix of party, street, and conscious
which you just don’t find today, plus a collective mentality which led to a lot
of creativity and musicianship. To this day, “Freaks of the Industry” is still
in rotation at KMEL, even though it was
never officially released as a single.