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What if Tupac Shakur had never Died: The Notorious B.I.G.

26 Feb

Arguably, the person affected the most by the death of Tupac Shakur was The Notorious B.I.G. Both rappers died in the same fashion and both of their deaths are unsolved. The death of Biggie was a knee-jerk reaction to the death of Tupac. Whoever was behind the murder of Biggie felt that Biggie was behind the death of Tupac. Sadly enough, that was not the case. There are plenty of rumors about why The Notorious B.I.G. was assassinated, but it all winds back up to the fact that he is gone.

When The Notorious B.I.G. first debuted, East Coast hip hop was struggling. Because of his friendship with Tupac Shakur, he was accepted by hip hop fans from all over. Tupac would show the ropes to Biggie and he became a star. His style was unique because he was a big person that portrayed the role of a playboy. In many ways, his style was similar to that of Tupac’s. Over time, Biggie would become the biggest rapper in the game. His only competition was Tupac.

In 1994, both The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac were recording at the Hit Factory in New York, but they were in different rooms. Biggie was said to be a few floors higher than Tupac, who would end up being shot while at the studio. It had been two years since the rappers had the chance to hang out. Because he turned Puff Daddy down when he offered to sign him to Bad Boy, Tupac felt that Biggie was in on his shooting.

Despite denials from Biggie and the Bad Boy camp, Tupac declared war and he signed with the infamous Death Row Records in response. Death Row was the first hip hop dynasty and Bad Boy had quickly become the second one. Never before had rappers come together to dominate the music industry the way that Suge Knight was with Death Row. When Bad Boy rose to become another hip hop dynasty, he felt as if they were infringing on his territory.

Because Puff Daddy had moved in on his turf, Suge Knight had a personal vendetta against the entire Bad Boy camp. When he discovered that Tupac Shakur was also upset with the camp, he used this to his advantage. Suge Knight would soon sign Shakur to Death Row and they declared an all-out war on Bad Boy Records. While Tupac had a conscience, Knight simply wanted to remove Bad Boy from the top spot and he did not care how it happened.

Tupac would soon become consumed with feuding with The Notorious B.I.G. and his crew. Biggie, on the other hand, was hoping that the feud would blow over. But, Tupac felt that the entire Bad Boy crew, including Biggie, had tried to take his life. Had there not been so many people in the middle, the truth could have been revealed. But, Suge Knight was constantly in his ear talking about his issues with Bad Boy.

While Biggie had hoped that the feud would die down, his wife, Faith Evans, who was separated from him, at the time, decided to help smooth things out. She went out to Los Angeles, where she met Tupac Shakur. They were said to have hung out and became fast friends. At the time, Tupac was recording a new album and he invited Evans to sing the hook for one of his songs. An agreement was reached and she recorded with Tupac.

However, once the song was released, Tupac claimed to have had sex with Faith Evans, while she was still married to The Notorious B.I.G. He boasted about this on his infamous diss record, “Hit Em Up.” In the first verse, Shakur raps, “you claim to be a playa, but I f*cked your wife.” This is something that Faith Evans denies to this day. It was then that she realized that in those types of situations that it is best to just stay out of it. At the time, she could not see that Tupac had used her for the publicity.

Later that year, Tupac Shakur would be shot to death in Las Vegas, Nevada after watching a Mike Tyson fight with Suge Knight. Immediately, the hip hop world looked to Bad Boy Records. After all, they were the sworn enemies of Tupac Shakur. A direct response never did come from their camp, but surely; Biggie was not a happy camper when he heard “Hit Em Up.” After his death, Biggie was one of the first rappers to send out condolences. He said that he could never be mad enough to wish death on anyone.

Only five months after Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas, The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in Los Angeles. Following the death of Tupac, Biggie began receiving random calls from people who said that they were going to kill him. He had received many warnings from the Blood gang in Los Angeles to stay out of their city. As a result, Biggie reached out to the Crips gang in Los Angeles for protection. It is said that either of these gangs were behind the death of B.I.G.

But, had Tupac Shakur survived those shots in Las Vegas, or had the situation never happened, things for Biggie would have been very different. Perhaps had Tupac been shot and had gone into the coma, Biggie would have reached out to Tupac. Had he eventually pulled out and returned to the music industry, he and Biggie may have collaborated. With Tupac and Biggie on the same side, eventually Suge Knight would have been convinced to end his issues with the personnel of Bad Boy Records.

At the time, Biggie was just preparing his album, Life After Death. Both he and Tupac often rapped about death and he would have been the perfect match for the album. Many people do not know about the other minor feuds that Tupac had with other New York rappers. If Biggie was able to convince Tupac to chill out, he may have let a few rappers off of the hook. Biggie was said to have wanted to retire in the year 2000. Tupac, on the other hand, planned to rap as long as he was breathing.

Perhaps, Tupac Shakur could have convinced The Notorious B.I.G. to continue rapping and a collaboration album may have been born from their strong chemistry. But, there is also a chance that Tupac would have continued his feud with Biggie and the entire Bad Boy empire would have crumbled with Tupac becoming a lot like 50 Cent and Biggie becoming a lot like Ja Rule with a G-Unit/Murder Inc.-type feud that the people would eventually become tired of.

One thing that can be said without any doubt is that had Tupac Shakur had not died on September 13, 1996 is that The Notorious B.I.G. would have not have died on February 9, 1997.

Diddy compares Rick Ross to The Notorious B.I.G.

4 Jan

In his career, Sean “Diddy” Combs has been fortunate enough to work with three generations of hip hop music. He began during the late 1980s, which were dominated by the likes of Heavy D & the Boyz. Then, he started Bad Boy Records in the late 1990s and had the opportunity to sign such artists as The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase, while working with Jay-Z. As time has gone on, he has also had the opportunity to work with newer acts, such as Rick Ross.

Throughout his career, Rick Ross has received comparisons to Biggie. Initially, many thought that he was trying to present himself the way that Biggie did. Ross, like many other rappers did admit that he was greatly influenced by Big. It just happened that he wanted to rap and he happened to be overweight with a deep voice. While his debut album received some acclaim, it was written off by his vocals sounding stained to be like The Notorious B.I.G.’s.

Rick Ross did not begin to receive comparisons about Biggie, as far as style goes until he performed with DJ Khaled, T.I., Birdman, and Lil Wayne for 2007’s “We Takin’ Over.” It was in the video where Khaled and Ross paid homage to Biggie and Diddy when they were riding in a Mercedes and they were forced to drive backwards as Rick Ross rapped his verse. That part of the video was based on Biggie’s 1997 video, “Hypnotize.”

When Rick Ross released his 2008 album, Trilla, it was hailed as a classic Mafioso album. Most of the music from The Notorious B.I.G. was credited as Mafioso rap. His video for the single, “The Boss,” featured a scene where Ross was in the bed, shirtless, with four women surrounding him as he was on the phone with some of his associates. This scene also paid homage to a scene out of the Biggie video, “Warning.”

During the 2008 installment of MTV’s Hottest MCs in the Game, they credited Ross’ incorporation of Biggie’s style into his own style as a reason why he should be on the list. Much like The Notorious B.I.G., Rick Ross is the biggest artist from his region of music and he is currently involved in a high-profile feud with another prominent artist in 50 Cent. But, with the way that their feud is playing out, things will not be getting violent.

Ever since Rick Ross has been in the game, he has received multiple comparisons to The Notorious B.I.G. There has only been one person that was blessed with the opportunity to work closely with both artists. The one person that has had that opportunity is Sean “Diddy” Combs. Things have drastically changed since he last worked with B.I.G., but his love for the music remains. After having the chance to work with both of the rappers, Diddy said that there are a lot of similarities between the two rappers.

For his upcoming single, “Angels,” Diddy sampled a verse from Biggie and he brought Rick Ross on for the remix. It was then that he noticed the similarities between the two rappers.

Does Tupac deserve a bio-pic?

1 Jan

It was around this time last year that the hip hop community was buzzing about the upcoming bio-pic for The Notorious B.I.G. The film told of the life and the untimely death of the rapper and it was a long time coming. There have been many documentaries about the death of both The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. But, Biggie was the first to receive a bio-pic.

As great as Biggie was, he was not on the level of Tupac. Even though both rappers were respected, Tupac was a legend. Biggie did not become a legend until he died, he was only two albums deep at the time of his death. Tupac, on the other hand, had recorded multiple albums, including two in one year. He worked harder than Biggie and he had a warmer reception than his East Coast counterpart.

Maybe if both rappers had lived on, The Notorious B.I.G. would have risen to the level of Tupac, but as it stood on March 8, 1997, Tupac was the legend and Biggie was another rapper. When it became publicly known that Biggie was also dead, they tied his death into the death of Tupac. That is the reason why he is hailed as such a legend. He was a great rapper, but he was not on the level of legend that people try to say that he is.

One advantage that Biggie had over Tupac was Sean Combs. The founder of Bad Boy Records and the sidekick to Biggie, he was a marketing genius. Even when he was going through the loss of The Notorious B.I.G., he still profited. This was because he began releasing unrecorded music from the rapper along with never before seen footage. Due to the fact that Tupac was his own marketing genius, there was no one to really push his products the way that Combs pushed Biggie’s.

People tend to forget that Biggie only spent a few years upon the throne of hip hop. Tupac had a five-year run. Most of the Notorious film was about Biggie’s rise to the top, not his time spent looking down on the game. Tupac came into the game before Biggie so he had more experience and more success. His climb into the game took place long before Biggie had ever even considered rapping and his time in the industry was longer.

Due to the fact that his death was more interesting than that of The Notorious B.I.G.’s of course a bio-pic from Tupac would be more interesting. Tupac is deserving of a bio-pic and it is long overdue.

Was The Notorious B.I.G. preparing to leave Bad Boy?

5 Oct

BiggieOne of the most mysterious deaths in history remains that of The Notorious B.I.G. Some people say that gangs in Los Angeles were behind his death and some say that Sean Combs, himself was behind it.

Never before told information was released by former Bad Boy rapper, Mark Curry. He said that Biggie was preparing to leave Bad Boy Records in favor of starting a company with his Junior M.A.F.I.A.

If that was indeed the case, it makes sense for Combs to have been behind the rapper’s death. At the time, the crew seemed so close, so it was odd for people to try and blame Sean Combs. Mark Curry said that Biggie and Combs would often have fights with each other and that their relationship at the time was estranged.

The terms of The Notorious B.I.G.’s deal were never disclosed, but if his contract was almost done, a new label would have been possible. Biggie was just as much of a businessman as he was a rapper. Actually, he was supposed to be the manager of Sean Combs when he first began rapping.

Biggie said that he had planned to leave rap music in the year 2000. By 2000, he was gone, but for different reasons. Sadly, enough if he had plans of leaving Bad Boy, someone knows more about his death than what they are telling.