2pac Vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History Of Rap's Greatest Battle

by Evan Mcgarvey, Jeff Weiss

Voyageur Press | May 15, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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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 inner world.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.62 in

Published: May 15, 2013

Publisher: Voyageur Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760343675

ISBN - 13: 9780760343678

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2pac Vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History Of Rap's Greatest Battle

by Evan Mcgarvey, Jeff Weiss

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.62 in

Published: May 15, 2013

Publisher: Voyageur Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760343675

ISBN - 13: 9780760343678

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1
Potraits of the Artists as Young Men
Chapter 2
Where They Came from, Where They Went
Chapter 3
Aesthetic Appearances and Experiences
Chapter 4
Rise to Power
Chapter 5
Feuds and Murders
Chapter 6
Double Albums: All Eyez on Me, Life After Death
Chapter 7
Legacy
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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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 inner world.
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.

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“Now we can focus on the real issues at hand facing America, like, ‘Did we really land on the moon?’ ‘What really happened in Roswell?’ And, ‘Where are Biggie and 2pac?”” – President Barack Obama
 
Makaveli vs. Big Poppa
West vs. East
All Eyez on Me vs. Life After Death
Death Row vs. Bad Boy
THUG LIFE vs. flashy ways
 
Each has been called the greatest rapper of all time. Each changed music forever. To answer Obama’s question: They are everywhere.

About the Author

Jeff Weiss (Los Angeles, CA) is the editor-in-chief of the website The Passion of the Weiss. He has written about music and culture for many publications, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Spin, The Hollywood Reporter, and Details.PassionWeiss.com Evan McGarvey (Boston, MA) is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in The Village Voice, Pitchfork, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and Green Mountains Review.Jeff Weiss (Los Angeles, CA) is the editor-in-chief of the website The Passion of the Weiss. He has written about music and culture for many publications, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Spin, The Hollywood Reporter, and Details.PassionWeiss.com Evan McGarvey (Boston, MA) is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in The Village Voice, Pitchfork, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and Green Mountains Review.
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