Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. didn’t have many chances to work together before they were both killed at the heights of their fame and in the midst of a feud.
But now the hip-hop icons will reunite posthumously — in wax. Wax emporium Madame Tussauds has brought the figures of ’Pac and Notorious B.I.G. together for the first time on what would have been Tupac’s 39th birthday , Wednesday (June 16), at its Washington, D.C., gallery. The figures will stand near each other for three months.
Tupac’s figure is on loan from Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas, and Biggie’s statue, like the actual hip-hop icon, comes from New York. Visitors to the D.C. museum will have the chance to snap pictures with both figures in the same room, a rare opportunity while the stars were living, since Big and ’Pac famously lit up headlines as MCs at the forefront of the mid-’90s East Coast/ West Coast hip-hop beef.
The museum worked to faithfully replicate the stars’ swagger. ’Pac’s figure is bare-chested and emblazoned with the late star’s many tattoos, with his signature bandanna knotted around his bald head. The waistband of his Emporio Armani boxers peeks out from the top of his baggy jeans. Biggie’s wax figure is mean-mugging, rocking a crisp white suit and carrying a walking stick; B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace, even praised the wax rendering of her late son. The figures will be displayed in the museum’s Glamour Room.
Although Tupac and Biggie were both gunned down in the mid-’90s, their legacies are still felt throughout the music scene. “Notorious,” a biopic based on B.I.G.’s rise to fame hit theaters in 2009 , and “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua is working on a Tupac movie . Fellow icon Eminem brought the late stars together again in 2003 on the song “Runnin’ (Dying to Live)” for the “Tupac: Resurrection” soundtrack.
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