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Episode #10 | 6.12.18

Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.: The Media Did It

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Who killed Tupac? Who killed Biggie? The answer has been right there out in the open for years. This episode looks at the lives and deaths of both rap superstars, the east coast/west coast beef and the media’s culpability in driving a highly sensationalized narrative that ultimately led to the murder of both men.

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Sources

Complex: How the 1995 Source Awards Changed Rap Forever

Washington Post: Gangsta Life And Death

HBO: The Defiant Ones

Chicago Tribune: A Made-By-Media Hip-Hop Rivalry

Complex: The Real Story Behind 'VIBE''s East Coast West Coast Cover

VIBE: Tupac Shakur Jailhouse Interview

VIBE: Biggie And Puff Break Their Silence

XXL: Tupac's Quad Studios Shooting

VIBE: Somehow Hip-Hop Always Finds A Way

Washington Post: Rapper Tupac Shakur Robbed, Shot in N.Y.

Music

Score by Jake Brennan.

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

This episode featured the song, "Ain't That Cold" written performed and produced by Bodega Girls with Adam Taylor and Paul Q. Kolderie. 

*illustration by Avi Spivak @avispivak