About the friendship and then enmity of two hip-hop icons Biggie and Tupac
Today we're going to talk about probably the most famous feud in the history of hip-hop - the relationship Tupac Shakur and Biggie. The bitter rivalry between the West Coast rapper and the East Coast rapper has gone down in music history as something truly legendary... And it's hard to believe that the history of the two hip-hop icons began with friendship. At first, Tupac took Biggie under his wing and helped the career of a budding rapper, but just a year later, their tandem broke up. Ultimately, Tupac and Biggie's feud ended in tragedy: their lives ended abruptly within one year ... There are many theories about the causes of their deaths and those responsible, but both cases remain unsolved to this day. Some argue that the feud was more than Tupac and Biggie: allegedly it was the tension between the coasts that exacerbated the events that led to their end ... Tupac and Biggie were friends, but they were ultimately separated by media, discourse, gang culture and competition between record labels.
The Beginning of Friendship
History biggie and tupac friendship originates in 1993 year. The meeting of rappers took place during the filming of the film "Poetic Justice". Biggie was delighted with Shakur, they started talking, and the same evening the latter invited his new acquaintance to a party at his house. From that moment, friendship began between them ... It lasted only a year.
Shakur was already a famous rapper while Christopher Wallace was a star only in Brooklyn. According to hip-hop artist EDI MeanShakur regularly set aside time to teach new rappers how to succeed in the industry, but he especially focused on Wallace and wanted him to be part of his group. Thug Life. Shakur took credit for influencing the young Wallace, suggesting he would focus on writing tracks for female audiences.
The first wake-up call...
November 1993 Shakur met Jacques Anyana in a Manhattan nightclub. He was attracted to Anyang's luxurious lifestyle, however Biggie warned him that he was a "muddy guy". During the party, Tupac met 19-year-old Ayana Jackson, with whom, in fact, he spent the rest of the night ... And everything would be fine, but after 4 days, Jackson visited the rapper, arriving at his hotel. After that, Shakur, as well as his road manager and Anyang, were accused of several illegal actions towards the girl! Shakur claimed to have left the room before any harm was done to Jackson. Before the cases against Shakur and the other two men went to trial, Anyang pleaded guilty and received a light sentence. Then Shakur said new york daily newswho believes he was framed.
Shortly thereafter, Tupac refused to manage Biggie's career...
attack on tupac
November 1994 Shakur should have recorded a guest verse on the track Little Shona, colleagues Wallace and Sean Combs. When he arrived at Quad Recording Studios in Times Square, the rapper and his crew were greeted by three men in military uniform. Since it was a signature fashion in Brooklyn, Tupac assumed they were with Wallace, who he was told was recording upstairs. However, on the way to the elevator, he was ambushed ... The rapper was injured, beaten and robbed, and he considered Wallace and Combs involved in this incident ...
Months after the attack on Shakur at Quad Recording Studios Wallace recorded the track "Who Shot Ya?" to the B-side to the hit single "Big Poppa". The song was recorded in 1994, before the attack on Shakur, but fans have speculated that the lyrics refer to the impending attack.
Hard times for Shakur
For alleged role in the Jackson case Shakur was found guilty and sentenced to a year and a half behind bars. He failed to post his $3 million bail and served most of his time at the Clinton Correctional Facility…According to Suga Knight, chapters Death Row Records, it was Shakur's wife at the time, Keisha Morris, contacted him on behalf of her husband and asked for help. And he helped him.
While behind bars, Shakur heard a rumor that Wallace allegedly knew in advance about the attack at Quad Recording Studios. Biggie himself denied having any prior knowledge of the attack, as did Combs... While Tupac awaited an appeal against the verdict, Knight and Interscope Records posted $1.4 million bail and he was released. The rapper immediately signed to Death Row Records and released his single soon after. "California Love".
In her memoirs, the wife Biggie, Faith Evans, recalled being asked to record the chorus of a song for Shakur's 1996 album All eyes on me. She wasn't told what the song would be, and at the time she didn't know how much the rappers were feuding... When she got to the studio, she recorded anyway, despite worries about disagreements between her own label, Bad Boy Records, and the owner of Death Row Records. ... After that, Evans went to Shakur for her salary of 25 thousand dollars. She then claims that the rapper proposed to her, which she declined.
In June 1996, Tupac released the infamous diss "Hit 'Em Up", which became his answer to Wallace and Combs. The song also touches on Biggie's wife, Faith Evans, and Bad Boy Records…
End of story
It happened on September 7, 1996: Tupac was attacked in Las Vegas by four shots fired from a passing car. The rapper was in the hospital for six days before he died from "respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest." Shakur was 25 years. The artist's fans mourned him, but to this day the attacker has not been found ...
Wallace was in Los Angeles at the time of the attack, filming the music video for his single. Hypnotize, but many Shakur fans believed that he was involved in the incident. A few months later, while performing at the Soul Train Music Awards, Wallace was met with an icy crowd and even booed when he announced Toni Braxton as the winner of the award. "Best R&B Soul Single".
The next day Wallace and Combs canceled a trip to Europe and attended a Quincy Jones party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, after which they left in different cars. After stopping at a red light at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, Wallace's car was shot at by someone on "Impala". On March 9, 1997, Biggie was shot from a passing car, as was Shakur. Wallace was rushed to the hospital, but he died at 1:15 at the age of 24. As with Shakur, the Wallace case also remains unsolved...