The murders of two of hip-hopâ€™s greatest, Tupac Amaru Shakur and Christopher â€œB.I.G.â€ Wallace, literally divided a nation. Two promising starsâ€”one signed to Death Row Records and the other signed to Bad Boy Records, respectivelyâ€”who were once friends, died at war with each other just six months apart.
The coastal rap feud began in 1994 when Biggie asked Tupac to come over to Quad Studios in Midtown Manhattan. After walking on the elevator to go upstairs, Pac was jumped, robbed and shot. When B.I.G.â€™s entourage realized what happened, they rushed downstairs to help Shakur but it was too late. The war between the rappers commenced, as Tupac believed his friend, the Notorious B.I.G., set him up.