Author Claims Biggie Asked Tupac To Manage Him
New insights into the relationship between Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. continue to emerge two decades after the deaths of both hip-hop greats. In a new book entitled "Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap," author Ben Westhoff alleges that Tupac, who was already a big name when Biggie started out, mentored the Brooklyn rapper during the beginning stages of his career. According to Westhoff, Big even asked Pac to be his manager at one point.
Tupac Biopic Reportedly Delayed Due To Conflict Over "Ambitionz Az A Ridah"
There has been talk of a Tupac biopic for years, and just as it finally seemed that a film about the rapper's life would get off the ground, things have been delayed once again. According to TMZ, the upcoming film, All Eyez On Me, has hit a standstill as producer Daz Dillinger and BMG work out who holds the rights to "Ambitionz Az A Ridah," one of the rapper's definitive songs that is featured prominently throughout the film. Daz is not only a writer on the original track, but is directly involved in the making of the movie.
Top Tracks: July 4 - July 10
Even on the very rare occasion that Drake doesn't show up in our top ten tracks of the week, his presence is still felt. In this case, he's directly responsible for three separate tracks in the top ten, whether that entails remixes or disses aimed at him.
Top 5 Rap Conspiracy Theories
Last night, Gucci Mane responded to rumors that the skinny, mild-mannered Gucci released from jail is in fact a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he said.
Tupac's Life By The Numbers
A random Instagram follower suggested it, and we made it happen. You too could have a genius idea you let be known on Instagram/twitter/comment section and it could very well come to life. If you don't read every single comment we get on our Instagram account (why not???), let us explain.
Oakland Names June 16th "Tupac Shakur Day"
Today is Tupac's birthday; the late legend would have been 45 years old. If you believe that June 16th should be a holiday, now it is; the City of Oakland has named June 16th "Tupac Shakur Day." Tupac began his career with the Oakland-based crew Digital Underground. In 1991, he sued the Oakland Police Department for $10 million for allegedly beating him for jaywalking. The office of Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement announcing June 16th as "Tupac Shakur Day":
The Game: Tupac Biopic "Makes That Biggie Movie Look Like A Cartoon"
The Game was recently invited to attend a private screening of the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me" along with the film's director Bennie Boom and star Demetrius Shipp. While hanging out in the lobby after the film had ended, he channeled his inner Roger Ebert and shared an impromptu review. “Tupac movie is the real deal," he said. "Shit make that Biggie movie look like a cartoon.”
Bobby Brown Claims Whitney Houston Had Affair With Tupac
Bobby Brown is gearing up to drop a memoir, titled "Every Little Step," in a few days, however Associated Press was sent a copy early to review and revealed some of the juicy details that Brown divulges within it.
Summer BBQ & Chill: A Playlist
"It's cool to danceBut what about the groove that soothes that moves romance?Give me a soft subtle mixAnd if ain't broke then don't try to fix it" -The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" It's about to be Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, which means that summer has unofficially begun. Time to celebrate. We've put together a 64-track playlist of the all the essential jams to help you get through this torrid portion of the year. Music from Snoop Dogg, Naughty by Nature, 2Pac, UGK, Juvenile, & more. All the good shit, basically.
Rack City: 10 Hip Hop Sex Tape Scandals
Rappers are quick to document their sexual conquests in their lyrics. It should not come as any surprise that many of them also document their sexual conquests on camera. Titans of hip hop like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Tupac have all fell victim to the (threatened or actual) publication of their private sex tapes. As have many others. Even in the case of rumored sex tapes, the sheer possibility that a tape exists often obscures the fact that it likely does not. Check out 10 of hip hop's most epic sex tape scandals after the jump.
The 5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs From The '90s
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique. Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the '90s.
Afeni Shakur Reportedly Set Up Trust To Protect Tupac's Music & Legacy
Afeni Shakur's death elicited great sadness in the music community, as well as a nearly equal level of concern over what would become of Tupac's estate, which she had dutifully had managed for nearly 20 years.
You Can Buy Tupac's 1996 Hummer H1 For $100,000+
While the hip hop community is still mourning the passing of his mother Afeni Shakur, we have some slightly different Tupac news. Someone has put Tupac’s persona 1996 Hummer H1 on an auction site. It’s not the first of Tupac Shakur’s memorabilia that has appeared online recently.
Who Was Afeni Shakur? Remembering Tupac's Mother
Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur's mother, died last night at age 69 from possible cardiac arrest.
Jada Pinkett-Smith Shares Open Letter About Afeni Shakur
This morning we reported on the unfortunate news that Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, passed away last night around 10:30 PM. The cause of her death is still unknown, although some reports say it was possibly cardiac arrest.
Tupac's Mother Afeni Shakur Passes Away At 69
A week away from Mother's Day, we've received some unfortunate news about the death of the mother of one of hip-hop's biggest stars. Afeni Shakur, mother to the legendary Tupac Shakur, passed away last night at 69 years old.
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
Read Tupac's Alleged High School Love Letter That's Being Sold For $35,000
Tupac is regarded as a poet, and a new letter reportedly unearthed from his high school years proves he's had a gift from a young age. The note, which is being sold by a memorabilia dealer called Moments In Time for a whopping $35,000, finds a young Tupac Shakur addressing a crush he calls Beethoven, reportedly due to her impressive piano skills."As u will soon find out, I do not spare words, I say what I feel. So if something I say scares u please don't panic because I tend 2 get over emotional." he writes, "It's almost like I've known you [for] years."
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Afeni Shakur's Husband Wants Part Of The Tupac Estate For Alimony
Part of Tupac Shakur’s estate may end up as part of a divorce settlement, as Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur is currently embroiled in a divorce with her husband Gust Davis. They have been married for 12 years but have been living apart for over a year.