This contradicts reports from mainstream media like the NY Post (Pagesix.com) and the Fox News Network who claimed the group “tried to revive the old feud between East and West Coast rappers” and declared Outlaw member Napoleon was a “fan” of Tupac. Group member EDI said in an interview with Allhiphop, “We lost two of the greatests of all time and it’s ridiculous to assume we came to rekindle old beef. We are telling everybody from our mouths, that there is no beef.” Instead, he said the group has been focused on working on their new album, Novakane, set to drop in Oct 23.
Below is the exclusive press release fromThe Outlawz.
August 3, 2001
The Sensitivity Of The Tupac and Biggie Legacy Continues
New York, NY…
Hammerstein Ballroom, in response to the glut of stories that ran regarding the words between The Outlawz and P. Diddy at the MTV 20th Anniversary party on Wednesday, August 1… miscommunication erupted. A spokesman from Outlaw Recordz feels their side of the story needs to be heard. The Outlawz were invited guests of Treach from Naughty By Nature because Treach was close with Tupac and he felt that the Outlawz should be there to shed a tear for their mentor and family member (the number one selling rap artist of all time) the late Tupac Shakur. During sound check for the MTV 20th Anniversary Hiphop medley… The Outlawz and Treach from Naughty By Nature came on stage for Tupac’s tribute at the end of the medley.
Napoleon from The Outlawz received the mic from P. Diddy so he could represent for Tupac. After the tribute was done P. Diddy received the mic back. However, Napoleon from The Outlawz felt the need to pay respect to other fallen Hiphop artists such as: Easy E, Big Pun, Freaky Tah, Big L, etc. Both entourages thought there were words being exchanged and there weren’t. Unfortunately it turned into something that it really wasn’t. Because of the sensitivity of the history, people who weren’t involved overreacted. Afterwards both camps went behind closed doors and cooler heads prevailed. A spokesman from Outlaw Recordz adds, "It was Hammerstein Ballroom’s security who asked The Outlawz to vacate the premises because of the sensitivity of the situation."
EDI from The Outlawz spoke with Allhiphop.com and said the following, "we lost two of the greatest rappers of all time and it’s ridiculous to assume that we came to rekindle old beef."