Ray Luv was one of Tupac’s closest friends during the time he lived in the Bay Area.
On 1988, Tupac moved in with a neighbor and started selling drugs on the street, but also made friends who helped spark his interest in rap music. One of these was Ray Luv, and with a mutual friend named DJ Dize (Dizz-ee), they started a rap group called Strictly Dope.
Ray Luv: “Trapped” was actually a song that I wrote, but I just didn’t feel the vibe. I crumpled it up and thew it away. Just part of it was stickn’ out of the garbage can and this n*gga came in, and we were sitting there hella high. Tupac pulled the paper out of the garbage, started reading it, and he said, “Ah, this is dope. What the fuck you throw this away for?” I told him I didn’t want it.
He asked if he could have it. He read it and was like, ‘Man, this shit is dope.’ So I gave it to him. It was purely on love. I wasn’t looking for no bread. Later he called me up and told me he had just recorded it as a single. He said ‘We want it to be the first fuckn’ single.’ And then he told me he was gonna shoot me a couple G’s, which he did, and we was even.”