I grew up in a predominantly West Side family. All the songs I heard were for Tupac, all the posters in my cousin’s rooms were for Tupac, the East Side and all those rappers were not very popular in my circles.
When Tupac was gunned down I was in standard 4, I still remember watching the story on TV, but I do not really remember what I felt about it.
I do not remember what was going on in my life when Biggy died, but it did not have such a big impact in my life.
I really liked Tupac, in the East Coast, West Coast debate I was always West Side for Life west sayiiiidd
Then came high school, and there was this friend of mine who was crazily in love with Tupac. His music was always being played 247 in the dorms, it reached a point I just got sick of him. I cannot stand California Love, or Dear Mama, those top the list. But I still love songs like Me and My girlfriend, Hail Mary, and that song for
How many brothers fell victim to the streets, rest in peace ya’ll niggaz there’s a heaven for a G, realize if I told you that I never thought of death, my niggaz we the last one’s left.
So with time Notorious BIG started growing on me, especially after the release of The Biggy Duets, I really started taking a shine to his music. To be honest I’v only heard three songs from that album, Switch your game, Nasty girl, and Micasa feat R.Kelly and Charlie Wilson one of my favorite jams.
Last weekend I finally watched the movie ‘Notorious’ and I am now a fully fledged Biggy Fan hands down.
I learnt so much about him through the movie which I had not known, like the fact that he died at the tender age of 21. I had no idea that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was the one behind his success. Okay I guess they were both responsible for each others success.
This movie really exposed me to the prowess of Biggy’s rhymes, and the fact that he had game 🙂 who would have ever thought?!
The kid acting as the little Notorious is actually his son Christopher Wallace Junior, I think he is soo adorable, such a cutie.
I also never really knew the relationship that Biggy had with Lil Kim. When the movie came out I remember hearing that Lil Kim was unhappy with how the movie depicted her in a very slutty manner, which was very true after I watched the movie, the Marilyn Monroe of Rap. It is so pissing that he had been sleeping with her for so long, then he meets Faith Evans and marries her after 9 days wth?! And she still stuck with him and Bad Boy, she is very strong. She must have some major issues though, look at what she has done to her face?!!
I also finally got to learn the major cause of the beef between Tupac and Biggy, Tupac got attacked in a studio where Biggy and the Bad Boy crew were, and he held them responsible for it since he saw them there after it happened.
Anyway I can only imagine how the Hip Hop industry would have turned out if none of this went down, they used to be friends so I am sure they would have made beautiful music together.
In a song hitting out at Biggy, Tupac claimed he allegedly slept with Faith Evans. According to the movie, it wasn’t true, what do you think?
I am glad though that all that East Coast, West Coast beef died a fast death after the demise of two hip hop greats who inspired dozens of other artists who have also risen to fame. I cant really say their demise benefitted the likes of Diddy or Suge Knight though.
I also discovered some new things about Tupac today, he was actually born in New York. He was very close with Jada Pinkett Smith, and he dated Madonna!!
So yes in the debate which is not so great anymore, I am for Biggy for now
Anyway I’d really like to know, who do you guys like better? Tupac or Biggy?? Why?