By Jeff Weiss, Evan McGarvey

ISBN-10: 0760343675

ISBN-13: 9780760343678

Hip hop icons and rap innovators, the infamous B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur proceed to steer, outline, and alter the style years after their deaths. regardless of the controversies surrounding the murders of Tupac and Biggie, finally it's their paintings that is still their largest legacy. The song of Biggie Smalls and 2Pac has encouraged the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and extra. The legacies of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace—a.k.a. The infamous B.I.G. —live on.

So does their contention, one of many maximum in track heritage. In 2pac vs. Biggie, hip hop specialists Jeff Weiss and Evan McGarvey take a completely new method of research of that contention. instead of specialise in the numerous conspiracy theories, they examine the artist as artists, dissecting the lyrics in their hits ("California Love," "All Eyez on Me," "Changes" for 2pac, "Mo cash Mo Problems," "Hypnotize," "Big Poppa" for Biggie) and lesser-known works, functionality and rhythmic types, aesthetic appearances and what these intended, rises to strength, and naturally, their lives after loss of life. The feud among 2pac and Biggie is damaged down and checked out from all new angles, bringing to gentle little-known and stunning aspects to every rapper's character and internal world.

Illustrated all through with pictures, memorabilia, and art encouraged through Tupac and Biggie, and with insert "versus" pages dissecting themes similar to each one artist's presence in videos, serious reception, and literary affects, this ebook is a must have for all rap and hip hop enthusiasts.

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New York is a city of landmarks compressed together: Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Central Park, Grand Army Plaza, World’s Fair Unisphere in Corona Park, Statue of Liberty, Union Square, Co-Op City, Bronx Botanical Gardens, Grand Central Station, Federal Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Williamsburg Bridge, George Washington Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge. You get the idea. And yet New York splinters into borough-specific regionalism. Christopher Wallace came of age during the years when Queens’ Juice Crew and the Bronx’s Boogie Down Productions waged their musical war over the true birthplace of hip-hop.

Unlike 2Pac—whose vagabond life and rambling experience through America gave him the material to make spiritual, universal lyrics—Biggie’s own life was built around New York. (Yes, his time in North Carolina as a dealer was formative. According to Coker’s interview with Biggie’s former associate Robert Cagle in Notorious, it was at a Days Inn during a 1990 run to North Carolina that the two of them watched the 1975 caper flick Let’s Do It Again, starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. The film had a character named Biggie Smalls; Cagle suggested that Wallace, then going simply by “Biggie,” add “Smalls” to his nom de plume for some levity.

During his prison sentence, Tupac marries Keisha Morris, although the marriage is later annulled. 4 million bail; he’s released from prison. September 7 Shakur attends a Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After the match, he is in Suge Knight’s BMW when a Cadillac pulls up and starts firing. Tupac is shot four times. September 13 Tupac Shakur dies of internal bleeding at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He is just twentyfive years old. November 5 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory comes out.

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