During the fall of 1993, Tupac began hanging out in New York to film Above The Rim. Riding high off the release of his album Strictly 4 My Niggas, the rap star attracted the attention of street dudes like Haitian Jack and a few of his associates. "I was kicking it with him the whole time I was in New York doing Above The Rim," he told Kevin Powell from a jail cell on Rikers Island, where he was doing time on sexual assault charges stemming from a young lady he met through his new friends. "He said 'I'm going to look after you. You don't need to get in no more trouble.'" Famous last words.
"I got close to them," Pac told Powell. "I used to dress in baggies and sneakers. They took me shopping; that's when I bought my Rolex and all my jewels. They made me mature. They introduced me to all these gangsters in Brooklyn." He met their families and even tried to get one in the movie, but he didn't want to do it. "That bothered me," Shakur said. "I didn't know any nigga that didn't want to be in the movies."
Maybe Pac should have trusted his instincts. During the sexual assault trial he was invited to Quad Studios to lay down a verse by one of his new acquaintances. As he walked into the lobby, he was ambushed, robbed of his jewels, beaten, and shot. Because Biggie and Puffy happened to be in the studio that night, Pac assumed they had something to do with the set-up, and threw their names in the press, ratcheting up the tensions between Bad Boy and Death Row. Biggie, who tried to warn Pac to be careful about the friends he was associating with, always insisted he had nothing to do with the shooting. Although his release of the song "Who Shot Ya" didn't do much to clarify the situation. Within three years, the East-West beef escalated to tragic proportions leaving Pac and Big dead.
Three years later, on his posthumously released The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Pac (in Makaveli mode) aired out his former friends on the track "Against All Odds" (aka "the realest shit I ever wrote"). "Set me up, wet me up, niggas stuck me up/Heard the guns bust but you tricks never shut me up."