The Dispute Between Biggie and Tupac

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 333
  • Published : May 2, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
Michael Hovanetz
ENGL 1102
Ambitions That Killed

Many people are aware about the dispute during the mid 90’s between the West coast and East coast rap stars Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. (Jordan, 2011). Taking over the West coast Tupac dominated his side of the map. While the Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie was representing the East coast with a new style of Rap that streamed thought the city of New York. Fans from coast to coast have recognized the up coming new rap stars and the talent that they have brought to Hip-Hop. Each side of the coast supported either Biggie or Tupac. With the new style of “Gangsta Rap” that had been introduce from Tupac and Biggie, the two Rap stars were competing to become the best rap artist of their time. Striving to be the next hop-hop icon, Biggie and Tupac bumped heads one day about a track they had made together. The feud began between these two rap artists, and eventually became bigger than either one of them could ever imagine (Jordan, 2011).

Christopher Wallace was born in Brooklyn, New York, May 21, 1972. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood that had violence surrounding it. Dropping out of high school at the age of seventeen, Biggie became a crack dealer when he was only twelve, which he proclaimed was his only source of income. Hustlin' one's way was a common life for a young Black man trying to make a living in the ghetto and put food on the table for his family (Biography Channel 2013). His career choices involved many risks. Biggie took a trip to North Carolina for a routine drug exchange turned out to be Biggies unlucky day. Being the new soon-to-be MC, Biggie had a nine-month stay behind bars (Biography Channel 2013). Once released, Biggie borrowed a friend's four-track tape recorder and produced some hip-hop tracks in a basement. The tapes were then passed around the city and played at local radio station in New York. Christopher Wallace named himself Biggie, for his weight. Biggie was a Black man who was overweight; dark skinned, and had a little crook in his eye, he was a charmer and loving husband to his wife ("Notorious B.I.G. Biography"). Biggie was a young superstar in the making and was introduced to a producer by the name of Sean Combs. Once Combs heard Biggie's early tapes he was mesmerized by his unique style, Puffy went to sign Biggie to his new label “Bad Boy Records”. This was Biggies first step on becoming one of the best rappers ever to live. Being signed to the top record label and representing Bad Boy Records got Biggie to stand out and allow him to show everyone that he wasn’t just an ordinary rapper from the “hood”. With all the confidence that had been brought to him, Biggies mind was set to become the best there ever was. Biggie and Sean Combs a.k.a Puffy worked on the artist first album for some time and before he knew it, The Notorious B.I.G. was born. After finalizing all of his music on the album he soon released his First album called “Ready to Die.” After getting numerous hits the first couple of weeks Biggies first album hit Platinum quickly (Lynskey, 2011). After having such a successful and productive year Biggie was named MC of the year at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards (Biography Channel 2013). Once Biggie had stated that he was the best, he then went off to go back to his hometown to see his friends and ran into some trouble with the law multiple times, on charges that ranged from beatings, to drugs and weapons, this was not the step Biggie wanted to head in after being awarded the best MC of the year (Lynskey, 2011). After all the charges he had to face Biggie soon met an MC by the name of Tupac Shakur who is sighed to Death Row Records, and the two eventually become good friends. Tupac supported Biggie and was often giving him advice on producing tapes and his unique lyrical flow. However, their friendship took a big turn to the most violent era of hip-hop music on November 30, 1994 (Lynskey, 2011). While Biggie and...
tracking img