Snapped Notorious: Tupac Shakur airs Sunday, September 10 at 6/5c.
On September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. On March 9, 1997, the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in a similar fashion in Los Angeles. Snapped Notorious: Tupac Shakur follows unsolved crimes that haunt hip-hop to this day. There has been ongoing speculation and conspiracy theories connecting the murders and much is based upon the East Coast versus West Coast rap feud that pitted the two emcees against each other. Here's six things you need to know about the feud.
They Were Friends
Tupac and Biggie started off as friends. According to Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff, the two met in 1993 in Los Angeles. Biggie asked a local drug dealer to introduce him to Tupac, who invited Biggie and his party to his house.
Biggie Reportedly Wanted Tupac To Manage Him
After meeting in 1993, the established Tupac acted as a mentor of sorts for the then-budding Biggie. According to the aforementioned book, the Brooklyn rapper even asked Tupac to manage him but he declined. "Nah, stay with Puff," he said, of Sean "Diddy" Combs. "He will make you a star."
Quad Studios Shooting
Tensions began to rise following the shooting of Tupac at Quad Studios in New York City.
On November 30, 1994, Tupac was robbed and shot at the recording studios while Biggie and Puffy were recording in the same building. Tupac felt that Biggie was directly involved in setting him up and the distrust grew. "You don't know who shot me in your hometown, these n*ggas from your neighborhood?" he asked.
Come To Death Row
The issues that Tupac had for Biggie swelled after he signed to Death Row Records in 1995. The label's honcho, Suge Knight, was vocal about his hatred for Biggie's camp, especially Bad Boy Records head (and best friend of Biggie) Sean "Diddy" Combs. At the 1995 Source Awards, Suge made his famous remarks taunting Combs.
Things got personal when Biggie's wife, singer Faith Evans, was spotted with Tupac at the height of the feud. An infamous photo of the two appears to show them cozy, with Faith throwing up the "West Side" hand gesture. Rumors quickly began to circulate that Tupac had been intimate with Faith— something he openly bragged about on "Hit Em Up" with: "You claim to be a player, but I f-cked your wife." She says that Tupac did ask her for oral sex but she refused.
Both rappers released several tracks that stated—either directly or indirectly—that they didn't like each other. From Tupac's excoriating "Hit Em Up" to Biggie's somewhat veiled "Who Shot Ya?", there was no love lost on wax between the two.
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