“Are You Still Down” by Jon B. featuring Tupac Shakur was a hit for the R&B singer. The song was featured on Jon’s 1997 release Cool Relax—a year after Tupac was gunned down in Las Vegas. Jon has spoken about his time with Tupac ten, and he recently chatted with Los Angeles radio station Power 106 to discuss what it was like working with the “ster” side the rapper.

Jon B. Says Tupac Was Precursor To "Revolutionary" Artists Like Nipsey Hussle
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“In the studio is different than sending pieces,”  adding that when two people are personally working together, the energy is different. Jon recalled that Tupac told him that a music career was about productivity, and the rapper gave Jon a goal to up his output. “He was like, , you trippin’. You wasting time.'” In a current culture music whose very backbone is streaming services and sharing music at a rapid rate, Tupac wasn’t far f from the future.

“He was the precursor to artists like ,” Jon added. “Being a sort revolutionary character, being caught in the whirlwind being the revolutionary, political character that he started to be. And then also the artist that he was, the actor, the emcee, and the songwriter. I was reallythat wanted to go with his feelings a little bit,” Jon said with a laugh. “Get in your feelings for this song and just let it happen. I don’t really hear a lot Tupac songs where he let his guard down like that. Just once in a while.”

The singer added that he and Tupac worked together on “Are You Still Down” just three weeks prior to the rapper’s murder. Watch Jon B. share his Tupac memories below.