2pac & Biggie showing their support for the Lakers & Brooklyn Nets | NY/LA history

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| November 23rd, 2012 | 3,103 Views

Nice find by Got Em Coach showing a photoshopped Biggie and 2pac wearing some Laker & Brookly Nets gear.  In honor of this pic I thought I would post some trivia about the two rappers and cities they claim.

  • 2pac’s first rapper name was MC New York because he was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Harlem.  He first used the name while he was at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
  • He performed in the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Apollo Theater for the Harlem 127th Street Repetory Ensemble.
  • He moved to Marin City, CA in 1988
  • Started his career as a backup dancer for Oakland group Digital Underground.
  • He was robbed and shot 5 times in the lobby of a New York recording studio Quad. He accused Biggie and Diddy of setting him up.
  • He filed a $10 milllion lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department in 1991
  • He played Birdy in the film “Above the Rim” which was shot in Harlem.
  • He also starred in the 1996 film “Bullet” which was shot in NY.
  • California Love is his biggest hit that stayed at number 1 on the Billboard charts for 2 weeks.  The original version was meant to be on the never released “Chronic 2: A New World Odor” by Dr Dre
  • His famous track “To Live and Die in LA” was called “California Love pt2 – without gay-ass Dre” by 2pac
  • He was planning on working with NY’s Wu Tang Clan and Black Moon on collabo albums before he died.
  • Christopher Wallace aka Notorious BIG was born in New York City
  • Claimed to be raised in Brooklyn but actually grew up in Clinton Hill.
  • He also went by the nickname Frank White based off the lead character in the film “King of New York”
  • He met Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes at the George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
  • In 1990, was arrested on weapons charges.
  • He was signed to Uptown records in 1992.  Uptown records was named after Harlem.
  • When “Ready to Die” came out, West Coast hip hop was dominating radio.
  • Appeared on the track “Brooklyn’s Finest” off Jay-Z’s debut album “Reasonable Doubt.”  Biggie also founded the group “The Commission” featuring Jay-Z.
  • The “East vs West Coast” era became known to the masses in 1995 when Vibe magazine featured Biggie and Puffy on the cover with the words “East vs West” on it but the rivalry goes back to 1991 when NY rapper Tim Dog released the song “Fuck Compton”
  • 1 day before his death, he was a presenter at the Soul Train Awards in LA where he was booed by some of the audience
  • Was shot in a drive by and died in Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


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