Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G.: The Ultimate Showdown


Everyone has heard of the famous feud between the late rappers Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. who is also known as Biggie Smalls. Even those not familiar with rap or hip-hop have at least heard these names mentioned before. They have become permanent fixtures in the world of popular culture. The division between these two rappers has created two very passionate sides. Some hold Tupac as the greatest rappers who have killed of all time. Others argue that Biggie Smalls is worthy of this title. Instead of focusing on the feud itself, lets dive deeper into what makes both of these artists so spectacular.


Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in East Harlem of New York City. While in school, Tupac actually took part in several Shakespeare plays. In fact, during an interview, Tupac made several references to the English playwright. Tupac was most known for his socially conscious rap lyrics. His songs revolved around pertinent issues such as pregnancy, racism, social injustice and more. His songs related to experiences he had growing up in his community. Tupac’s most famous album is 2pacalypse Now which featured famous tracks Brenda’s Got A Baby, Trapped and more. Shakur died in a shooting in Las, Vegas.


Biggie Smalls is notorious for his smooth and laid-back rapping style. One word that can accurately sum up the Notorious B.I.G.’s style is ‘flow’. The cadence and rhythm with which Biggie chose to annunciate his lyrics over the beats became the hallmark of his style. Ready to Die was released in 1994 and became the staple album of Biggie’s rapping career. Similar to Tupac, Biggie’s lyrics focused on experiences he had growing up. It was these honest and authentic lyrics that brought so many listeners to come to appreciate Biggie.  Who knows if they had lived long enough, if they would have ended up like other rappers who went broke, but their early untimely deaths add an aura that cements their legacy.