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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.

What if Tupac Shakur had never Died?

25 Feb

What if Tupac Shakur had never died is a question that is frequently asked by fans of hip hop music. While Jay-Z receives credit for being the best rapper alive, a lot of people would dub Tupac as the best rapper of all-time. He had tremendous influence on the rap game and he was known for his long list of hits. A lot of people would agree that Tupac was taken before his prime.

At the time of his death, Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old. His mic skills had just reached impressive and he almost led on to knowing something about a plot to end his life. There is a man who claims to know who ended his life. There is another man who said that he would still be alive had he tagged along with Tupac and Suge Knight for the Mike Tyson fight.

For the next week, Hip Hop Vibe will take an in-depth look at the impact that Tupac Shakur had on the hip hop game. This series of articles will look at how things could possibly be for The Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, Mobb Deep, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, DMX, 50 Cent, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ja Rule, and Eminem. If the life of Tupac Shakur had never ended, things in hip hop would be different. The artists and hip hop figures mentioned above would have never been as big, or would be bigger had Tupac Shakur been alive,

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.

Will Tupac finally be allowed to Die?

27 Dec

One of the most respected rappers to ever touch a microphone was Tupac Shakur. When he died, the hip hop community lost one of the biggest living legacies. Tupac had only begun to realize his full potential. The scary thing is, he was legendary back then and he had not even reached his tenth album. Sometimes, life throws an unexpected curveball and the death of Tupac right before his prime was one of those curveballs.

In the time since the death of Tupac Shakur, there have been reports of people seeing him alive and his vocals are repeatedly recycled. The deaths of Tupac and his foe, The Notorious B.I.G., have resulted in their record labels making major profits. Almost every year since his death, there has been a new album released in Tupac’s name. On his last album, Pac’s Life, it was clear that unreleased material from Tupac was running out.

There is only a matter of time before Tupac’s music begins to get watered-down. Since the music industry seems to only care about profits, they will probably recruit some of the most popular artists to rap and sing over those Tupac lyrics. That is what happened on the Pac’s Life album and it suffered because of that. Before they run out of music from Tupac, they will end up tarnishing his legacy.

In 2007, Sean Combs announced that he was going to retire The Notorious B.I.G. After all, it had been ten years since his death. His vocals had been used to create two new solo albums and his vocals had been used on tracks by other people. The last appearance that Tupac made on a record was in 2008 when he did the intro to Keyshia Cole’s “Playa Cards Right.” Frequently placing the acclaimed rapper on tracks with all of these artists is bringing down the value of his work.

It is incredibly difficult for people to accept the fact that Tupac is really dead. This is why the record labels constantly release new music from him. Also, this is the reason why people post videos on YouTube that claim to have Tupac in them. People do this to drive attention to their project and to make money. The fact of the matter is, there are only a few good rappers out and making music. Instead of developing artists the way that they used to, labels now choose to milk their stars dry and then release an album from Tupac.

These people obviously know that had Tupac Shakur been living, he would have never allowed his collaboration with The Notorious B.I.G. to be released to radio the way that it was. He would have never done a track with The Fugees. To add to that, the chances of him working with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would have been slim. Right before his death, Tupac had fallen out with all of the former core of Death Row.

Those that knew him the most realize this and they need to speak up and allow the man to receive the rest that he could not attain on Earth.