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T.I. takes aim at New York DJ for Tupac comments

The rapper didn't appreciate Funkmaster Flex talking about his dead hero.

Rapper T.I. has scolded top DJ Funkmaster Flex for talking ill of the dead after he took to the airwaves to clear up rumours about the studio raid that kicked off the 1990s East Coast-West Coast rap wars.

The late Tupac Shakur was shot during the skirmish at New York’s Quad studios 23 years ago, prompting the rivalry that eventually cost him and Notorious BIG their lives.

Attempting to clear up reports suggesting Tupac was shot during the raid in a new Instagram Live chat, Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex said, "You Pac fans always talking that talk," before insisting the rapper shot himself "in the leg".

Flex, real name Aston George Taylor, Jr., added: "The beef was PAC got robbed cause he did the wrong NY cats dirty! He was scared of them so he blamed Biggie...

"Classic case of out of town n**ga wanting to be accepted and he got in too deep and couldn't dig his way out. You wanted the truth there it is."

It's not clear why Flex chose the Instagram chat to dredge up the past, but T.I., who helped induct Tupac into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last month (Apr17) didn't appreciate the DJ's social media history lesson.

"Yo @funkflex Respectfully Bruh... regardless of what YOU THINK the validity of your statement is, I was taught never to speak down on a dead man," the rapper wrote on Instagram. "Considering they ain't here to speak up for themselves. When he was alive, you was on da air then.... that was the time to address this. NOT HERE, NOT NOW, NOT LIKE THIS!!!"

"And I'd say the same to a n**ga from LA speaking on (Notorious) BIG," he added.

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