2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap's Greatest by Jeff Weiss, Evan McGarvey

By Jeff Weiss, Evan McGarvey

Hip hop icons and rap innovators, the infamous B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur proceed to persuade, outline, and alter the style years after their deaths. regardless of the controversies surrounding the murders of Tupac and Biggie, eventually it's their paintings that continues to be their largest legacy. The song of Biggie Smalls and 2Pac has encouraged the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and extra. The legacies of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace—a.k.a. The infamous B.I.G. —live on.

So does their contention, one of many maximum in track background. In 2pac vs. Biggie, hip hop specialists Jeff Weiss and Evan McGarvey take a completely new method of research of that competition. instead of specialize in the numerous conspiracy theories, they examine the artist as artists, dissecting the lyrics in their hits ("California Love," "All Eyez on Me," "Changes" for 2pac, "Mo cash Mo Problems," "Hypnotize," "Big Poppa" for Biggie) and lesser-known works, functionality and rhythmic kinds, aesthetic appearances and what these intended, rises to strength, and naturally, their lives after demise. The feud among 2pac and Biggie is damaged down and checked out from all new angles, bringing to mild little-known and fantastic facets to every rapper's personality and internal world.

Illustrated all through with images, memorabilia, and art encouraged through Tupac and Biggie, and with insert "versus" pages dissecting issues comparable to each one artist's presence in video clips, serious reception, and literary impacts, this e-book is a must have for all rap and hip hop enthusiasts.

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I’m talking leather. Hells Angels leather. Jim Morrison leather. Wild One leather. 2Pac leather. There is a thin line between leather and outright insanity. It’s the last fashion bastion before you drape yourselves in feathers, leaves, and Oglala Sioux war paint. The wrong leather and you’re immediately fast-tracked to a Germanic goth sex palace. When was the last time you saw a shirtless man walking down the street in a skintight black leather vest with zippers on the front? What did you think?

Few of his early songs are more specific than “Trapped,” in which he diagrams the contrast between institutional oppression and the imperative of freedom: They got me trapped. Can barely walk the city streets Without a cop harassing me, searching me Then asking my identity Hands up, throw me up against the wall Didn’t do a thing at all I’m telling you one day these suckers gotta fall. ” The brilliance of 2Pac lies in his ability to capture the universality of the American black experience. ” That was the name of another of the most searing songs from 2Pacalypse Now, in which 2Pac’s outro offers “fuck offs” to all his enemies at that moment: the San Francisco Police Department, the Marin County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI, the CIA, the “B-U-S-H,” “the AmeriKKKa,” and “all redneck 91.

That was the name of another of the most searing songs from 2Pacalypse Now, in which 2Pac’s outro offers “fuck offs” to all his enemies at that moment: the San Francisco Police Department, the Marin County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI, the CIA, the “B-U-S-H,” “the AmeriKKKa,” and “all redneck 91. ” You bu al io 2Pac’s first stud didn’t have to be from the Bay 39 to empathize. These were late-twentieth-century parables of rebellion, the counterpart to oral histories of antebellum ambushes. But the legend started to metastasize in Northern California.

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