To this day Tupac and Notorious BIG are seen as being two of the greatest rappers of all time. 

The talented pair bought the genre “gansta rap” into the mainstream from opposite sides of America.  Biggie lived and worked on the East Coast whilst 2Pac was from the West Coast, and so began the fierce hip-hop rivalry between the two coasts.

It was this senseless rivalry which sadly led to the untimely death of both talented hip-hop heroes during the 90s, in this blog we’ll look briefly at the facts that are known about the feud.


Both rappers shot to fame during 1994-1995 when Biggie released his debut album ‘ready to die’ and shortly afterwards Tupac released his instant classic ‘me against the world’.  Both albums displayed a grittiness that was new to the hip-hop genre.

The animosity between the two rappers went completely undetected until Tupac was suddenly shot five times in his Manhattan recording studio in November of ‘94. 


Tupac is said to have suspected Biggie’s mentor Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs of being behind the attack and soon after signed a record deal with Death Row records, owned by Suge Knight who was said to have his own grudge against Combs.  Between 1995 and 1996 the feud was rife between the hip-hop communities of the East and West coasts and at the centre of it all were Biggie and Tupac.  Both rappers released songs with lyrics goading each other during these years.


It was in September 1996 that Tupac was shot during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas after a Tyson fight; he was taken to hospital but tragically died of internal bleeding six days after the shooting.


Just six months after Tupac’s death in March 1997 Notorious BIG was gunned down after attending a party in Los Angeles.

At the time of his death Biggy was just two weeks away from releasing his second album which contained at track called Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).  Both tragic murders remain unsolved to this day and Tupac and Biggy are still two of the biggest names in the hip-hop scene.