Hip hop icons and rap innovators, the Notorious B.I.G. and
Tupac Shakur continue to influence, define, and change the genre
years after their deaths. Despite the controversies surrounding the
murders of Tupac and Biggie, ultimately it's their art that remains
their biggest legacy. The music of Biggie Smalls and 2Pac has
inspired the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne,
Rick Ross and more. The legacies of Tupac Shakur and Christopher
Wallace-a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. -live on.
So does their rivalry, one of the greatest in music history.
In 2pac vs. Biggie, hip hop experts Jeff Weiss and Evan
McGarvey take an entirely new approach to investigation of that
rivalry. Rather than focus on the countless conspiracy theories,
they study the artist as artists, dissecting the lyrics of
their hits ("California Love," "All Eyez on Me," "Changes" for
2pac, "Mo Money Mo Problems," "Hypnotize," "Big Poppa" for Biggie)
and lesser-known works, performance and rhythmic styles, aesthetic
appearances and what those meant, rises to power, and of course,
their lives after death. The feud between 2pac and Biggie is broken
down and looked at from all new angles, bringing to light
little-known and surprising sides to each rapper's persona and
Illustrated throughout with photographs, memorabilia, and
artwork inspired by Tupac and Biggie, and with insert "versus"
pages dissecting topics such as each artist's presence in movies,
critical reception, and literary influences, this book is a
must-have for all rap and hip hop fans.