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Kid ‘N Play’s Chris Martin: Tupac Was Always Itchin’ to Rap—Even at the After-Parties

Just like James Baldwin was born to write and Michael Jordan born to shoot hoops, Tupac Shakur was born to rap.

So says Kid ‘N Play’s Christopher Martin, who befriended the hip-hop star during the late ’80s, when Tupac—who, tragically, would be slain in a 1996 drive-by shooting—was a background dancer for Digital Underground.

CAPTION: "He was always a very true and passionate about his talent and craft," Chris tells us of his assassinated pal Tupac (above).

"He was always very true and passionate about his talent and craft," Chris tells us of his assassinated pal Tupac (above).

“He always had the itch to be a rapper,” Chris tells The Focal Spot host Fredelyne Alcide.

“I can remember so many times where the big thing about going on tour was going to the after-parties.

“And I would go, of course, looking for the girls. And that’s all I wanted to do. But when you’d go to the after-parties and clubs they’d try to get the stars of the tour to come in the DJ booth to say a few words or rap.

“I was never interested because I just rapped all night during our show. And Tupac would be Continue reading