• Michael Jackson refused collaboration because of his loyalty To Biggie Smalls

    In BET’s oral history of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory published earlier this month to coincide with what would’ve been 2Pac’s 51st birthday, Quincy “QD3” Jones III — the son of the legendary Quincy Jones and producer of “To Live & Die in L.A.” — revealed ‘Pac’s camp reached out to Michael Jackson in hopes of featuring him on “Thug Nature,” which was originally intended for the album.

    However, the King of Pop turned down the request for one simple reason: out of loyalty to ‘Pac’s rival, The Notorious B.I.G., who he worked with on “This Time Around” the year before.

    “So I set up a meeting at Neverland [Ranch],” said QD3, who worked with director Allen Hughes on the upcoming FX docuseries Dear Mama, which examines ‘Pac’s relationship with his Black Panther mother Afeni. “I go up there and told Michael about it. And do you know what Micheal said? He liked Biggie.”

    “Thug Nature,” which samples Jackson’s 1983 Thriller hit “Human Nature,” didn’t end up making the album. It eventually wound up on the 2000 Death Row compilation Too Gangsta For Radio, as well as various posthumous 2Pac projects.