Mally Mall Buys $100K Worth of Unreleased 2Pac Lyrics
But at 40 years old, Mally’s history in Hip Hop stretches back to the ’80s. Growing up in Northern California, he was introduced to one of Too Short’s producers, Ant Banks, and from there, he met Mac Dre, Spice 1, E-40 and other members of the Bay Area Hip Hop scene.
Around 2011 when Drake was at Mally’s Las Vegas studio, the “Nice For What” superstar realized how much Mac Dre meant to Mally, and the idea for “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga was born.
“Drake saw I had a big mural of different artists like Future, 2 Chainz, Tyga, Bieber,” he says. “But the biggest mural was of [Mac] Dre because he was like a older brother to me. He helped me stay out of trouble and help me learn how to move, you know in the streets back then. Drake says, ‘Hey what do you know about Dre?’ He stared at the mural and said, ‘Wow,’ and literally that’s how ‘The Motto’ was created.”
However, nothing compares to meeting Tupac Shakur when he was a teenager. Years after ‘Pac’s 1996 shooting death, Mally had the opportunity to purchase some of ‘Pac’s unreleased vocals.
“One of Suge Knight’s guys called me and was like, ‘Hey we have Tupac vocals,’ and I was like, ‘No way,’” he says. “It’s like 2009 and I was like, ‘I can’t do this besides giving something to the family,’ so I purchased almost $100,000 worth of unreleased because back when Tupac passed away, everything was analog. It wasn’t digital. So these guys grabbed all the stuff in the studio and put it in storage not knowing what it was.”
“Afeni Shakur [2Pac’s mother] flew to Vegas and she was like, ‘Wow. Before I say anything, I want you to know my son is here in the house. My son has the strongest spirit in the world. He died here and he wanted his vocals to come back here to Vegas. And my son is here now.’ It was the craziest thing. I got thank Afeni for the vocals and that’s all I wanted to do.”
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony manager and legendary Hip Hop consultant Steve Lobel helped broker the deal for Mally, and the vocals have since been released.