From the Inside Flap
Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace were born less than a year apart, less than twenty miles apart. From there, their lives intertwined and diverged at critical, then fatal, moments. Throughout, one fact remained consistent: They were changing rap forever. All rappers since havebeen influenced by 2pac and The Notorious B.I.G. In 2pac vs. Biggie,
Jeff Weiss and Evan McGarvey explore what it was that allowed each artist to rise to the top, then stay there. Weiss and McGarvey explore where ’Pac and Big came from, how they first appeared on the scene, how they rose to power, why the feuds began and why they escalated, and just how massive their legacies are—and why. This is the
definitive exploration of rap’s greatest rivalry. Like the music it discusses, it is grand and evocative. It commemorates two heroes, exploring their styles, words, messages, lives, afterlives. 2pac asked, “How long will they mourn me?,” a question practically answered by Big’s “You’re nobody, ’til somebody kills you.” The answer, here—for both rappers—is clear: We’ll never stop.
Jeff Weiss is the editor-in-chief of the website the Passion of the Weiss (www.passionweiss.com). He has written about music and culture for many publications, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly,
the Los Angeles Times,
Evan McGarvey is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in the Village Voice, Pitchfork,
the Michigan Quarterly Review
and Green Mountains Review.
He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
From the Back Cover
“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 PoppaWest vs. EastAll Eyez on Me
vs. Life After Death
Death Row vs. Bad BoyTHUG 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.
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