Biggie & Tupac
This is the story behind the murder of the two most famous rappers of all time. Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie) and Tupac Shakur were once good friends but became deadly enemies when their friendship took a wrong turn. There were accusations of treachery, betrayal, and attempted murder when, in 1994, Tupac was shot but not fatally wounded. He blamed Biggie for this attack. Tupac Shakur was finally shot to death on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Biggie Smalls was killed about six months later on March 9, 1997 in Los Angeles, California. Their murders were explained away as the inevitable results of this feud.
Tupac lived in Baltimore for what he referred to as his happiest and most stable years. His early childhood was complicated: his mother was an ex Black Panther on drugs who moved around a whole lot. At first she refused to disclose who his biological father was and Tupac often described not having a father as not feeling manly.
At the Baltimore School of the Arts, Tupac received formal training in acting, music and poetry. His favorite teacher, who was once like a surrogate father to him, describes Tupac as having a contagious personality that drew people to him instantly. He had astounding charisma and a fantastic smile that lit up his whole face.
Biggie grew up in Brooklyn as Christopher Wallace. He was loved in his neighborhood and known as a positive person. In Biggie’s own words ‘negativity only brings failure’. Biggie also had a reputation as a tough drug dealer, but according to one childhood friend, that was a rumor started in order to sell albums. He described Biggie as a sweetheart and a good kid. Although Biggie was shielded from the rougher side of the neighborhood, he became fascinated by it. He wrote about living in a one-room shack and not having anything to eat. His mother, a schoolteacher, says that none of that is true, her son only wrote about those things to describe what some people have to go through.
This film is an in-depth investigation into the unsolved murders of two of the biggest superstars rap has ever produced. Nick Broomfield takes to the streets and maneuvers between rejection and suspicion while he deliberately places his life in danger. In the end, he is able to uncover some amazing new evidence; what he finds out points directly to the LAPD and Death Row Records’ co-founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight and their involvement in both murders.