The complete history of Tupac and Biggie’s complicated relationship

The Notorious B.I.G.’s and Tupac Shakur’s journey from close allies to bitter rivals I. G. s friendship goes way beyond East Coast vs. West Coast beef. Heres what went down between the two Hip-Hop icons.

Tupac entered the music scene two years before Biggie

Lesane Parish Crooks, Tupac’s single mother, moved the family frequently in an effort to get away from the high-crime areas after she gave birth there. They traveled to Marin City, California, after stopping first in Baltimore. Tupac’s love and talent for poetry were fostered there. He eventually made his way into the music industry, working first as a dancer and roadie for the band Digital Underground. He finally started singing in 1991 when his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, was released.

Christopher “Biggie” Wallace, who was raised in Brooklyn and is now based in New York City, spent his adolescent years attending prestigious high schools (where English was a required subject), dealing drugs in the city’s streets, and rapping for fun. In the biography he wrote for Arista Records, he said, “It was fun just hearing myself on tape over beats.”

However, a demo he produced made its way to Source magazine, which highlighted the young artist. As a result, Sean “Diddy” Combs (also known as “Puffy Daddy”) soon became his agent. His first single, “Party and Bulls**t” came out in 1993.

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Biggie asked Tupac to be his manager

By that year, Tupac was already a platinum-selling artist, so Biggie asked a drug dealer to introduce him to Tupac at a Los Angeles party, according to a Vice excerpt of the book Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff.

“Pac walks into the kitchen and starts cooking for us. He’s in the kitchen cooking some steaks,” a Biggie intern named Dan Smalls recalled of the encounter. “While we were smoking and drinking, ‘Pac said, “Yo, come get it. He had steaks, French fries, bread, and Kool-Aid when we went into the kitchen, and we just sat there eating, drinking, and laughing. thats truly where Big and ‘Pac’s friendship started. ”.

Both parties respected each other, as well as their respective social circles. The excerpt from Vice quotes Biggie’s friend EDI Mean as saying, “We all thought he was a dope rapper.” According to the story, Tupac gave Biggie a bottle of Hennessy as a gift. When Biggie was in California, he would stay on Tupac’s couch, and when Tupac was in New York, he would frequently visit Biggie’s neighborhood. In essence, they were like any other pair of friends.

And it was also clear that their combined talents had great potential. They performed a freestyle together at the 1993 Budweiser Superfest at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Biggie frequently asked Tupac for business advice and even asked him to handle his career. However, Tupac did not combine friendship and business: “Nah, stay with Puff” He will make you a star. ”.

Tupac believed Biggie had a hand in his 1994 gun down

Tupac and Biggie had a few smaller disagreements, but their first significant fallout came when they were slated to collaborate on a project for another rapper, Little Shawn.

Tupac arrived at Times Square’s Quad Recording Studios on November 30, 1994, and was getting ready to head upstairs to where Biggie and Combs were. But instead, Tupac was gunned down in the lobby and shot five times, according to the New York Times.

Even though they made it upstairs to see them shortly after the attack, he still thought Biggie might have had a hand in it. The Vice excerpt reads, “Tupac said the crew looked surprised and guilty, but Puffy claimed they showed him nothing but love and concern.”

When Tupac joined Death Row Records, the East Coast-West Coast rivalry was cemented

Tupac came to believe Biggie knew about the attack in advance while he was in jail for another incident. Suge Knight responded to the west coast rapper’s approach and offered him a spot on his Death Row Records staff. Tupac agreed, furthering the conflict between Combs’ Bad Boy Records and the Knights label. At that 1995 Source Awards ceremony, Knight exclaimed, “Any artist out there that wanna be an artist, stay a star, and won’t have to worry about the executive producer trying to be all in the videos, all on the records, dancing—come to Death Row!”

There was never proof that Biggie or Combs knew about the incident. But a couple of months later, Biggie’s B-side single was a track called “Who Shot Ya?” which led to Tupac’s response with the song, “Hit ‘Em Up.” In it, Tupac claimed he slept with Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans. According to Vibe, Evans denied the claim, saying, “That ain’t how I do business.”

Each side blamed the other for the deaths throughout their brief lives as the punches were exchanged (although some theorists think they may still be alive).

But Biggie wanted to stop the coast-to-coast fighting after Tupac passed away. “We two individual people, we waged a coastal beef. One man against another caused the entire West Coast to despise the entire East Coast. And vice versa. And I was really annoyed by that, he admitted in an interview. “I have to be the one to try to turn it around.” because Pac is no longer around to try and put an end to it. ”.

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