Hit 'Em Up - Wikipedia
Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (who was also known as Biggie Smalls and the Notorious B.I.G.) were two of the biggest hip-hop. From trusted friends to mortal enemies, the story of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.'s friendship goes way beyond East Coast vs. West Coast beef. It is widely reported that Tupac and Biggie first met in Others say they first met when Pac invited Biggie to a party at his. I remember one time on tour, Tupac had Mike come up on stage and do a song with him. Tupac Bends Biggie Over On New Single Artwork.
Days later, Pac was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for sexual abuse. Both Biggie and Puff would claim that the song was not aimed at Tupac. Biggie argued that the song was written before the Pac's shooting outside Quad.
Whilst Biggie tried to belittle the situation, Tupac did the exact opposite. Pac did everything he could to trash the Bay Boy rapper. On 7th SeptemberTupac was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Vegas. The pair never settled their notorious beef before Tupac's death. While there's no evidence that Biggie or Puffy knew about Tupac's shooting in advance, the murder has been shrouded in mystery, rumours and controversy since that fateful day.
Biggie's wife, Faith Evans, claimed that the rapper was distraught by Pac's death. I know for a fact he was in Jersey. He called me crying because he was in shock.
On 9th MarchBiggie was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in LA. Like Pac's murder, Biggie's has been clouded with conspiracy theories, and ultimately lead many to believe that this was the end of Hip-Hop at the time.
Hip-Hop brought Pac and Big together, but it also tore them apart. Their East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry lives on through their legacy, arguably as much as their music. A former Vibe editor denied receiving threats, but neglected to explain why the magazine substituted aliases for Henchman and Haitian Jack. He was confirmed as a source for Philip's earlier story and in Henchman's own confession according to prosecutors at his trial. Towards the end of the song Tupac disses Mobb Deepsaying "Don't one of you niggas got sickle cell or something?
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You fucking with me, nigga you fuck around and get a seizure or a heart attack", referring to Prodigya member of Mobb Deep, suffering from sickle cell disease. Prodigy would later die of complications related to this disease. Mobb Deep responded by releasing " Drop a Gem on 'em ", which was released shortly before Tupac's death, however pulled off the radio after. The estranged wife of Biggie was recording background vocals for "Wonda Why They Call U Bitch", a song which was at the time yet to be released.
Using this against Biggie in "Hit 'Em Up", Shakur continued to fuel the rumors of a sexual relationship with Evans in the song's line "You claim to be a player, but I fucked your wife.
He believed that they were only perpetuating the drama and did not understand the situation they were getting into. Music video[ edit ] Shot from the music video, with stand-in Biggie on the left, Shakur in the middle, and Lil' Kim on the right.
Snoop Dogg was afraid that Tupac might attack him
During the moments where Shakur raps about his claimed affair with Evans, the Biggie impersonator crouches near the camera while Shakur yells in his face. Puffy is also impersonated, appearing with a high-top fade and leaning towards the camera, lowering and raising his sunglasses. Many callers were confused or angry that a female assistant was answering Shakur's calls.
The assistant had mistakenly lost the pager, and with Shakur already growing wary of her, fired her for that reason. Deejays are calling from everywhere, wanting to get a piece of this. Reynolds of Billboard called it horrendous, noting that Shakur revealed his true colors upon recording the song.
He also went on to say that although sympathetic to the shooting, "Hit 'Em Up" had "fan[ned] the flames of hatred James called the song "the be-all, end-all, curse-word, dirty-lyric, violent song of all time. The True 50 Greatest MCs.
They felt that although Shakur was one of the most substantive rappers of that period, he had gone too far with "Hit 'Em Up,"  causing some of Shakur's fans to turn on him, according to the two rappers.