Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.’s relationship had its obvious downs (especially being at the forefront of that whole “my coast is better than yours” thing that hip-hop was obsessed with in the ’90s), but the homies-turned-rivals had some good times too.
Junior M.A.F.I.A. member and Big associate Lil’ Cease said the pair probably got some birthday bashes in before their friendship went south.
“I’m sure him and Big celebrated,” Lil’ Cease told MTV News on what would have been Tupac’s 39th birthday Wednesday (June 16). “Their birthdays was real close to each other too.” Indeed, it’s possible the icons popped some bottles together: ’Pac’s birthday was June 16 and Biggie’s was May 21.
Cease said that, regardless of the occasion, Big and ’Pac would break bread whenever they got the chance. “Whenever ’Pac wasn’t doing anything in New York, him and Big, they’ll travel. Big went out to ’Pac’s crib, and Big went and did stuff out with ’Pac in Cali [or] when ’Pac was in D.C.”
Cease has spent the years since B.I.G.’s death upholding the Brooklyn lyricist’s legacy, but he said his camp continues to show love for ’Pac on his birthday as well. “We still celebrate that too. We may not celebrate to the level we’ll celebrate for Big, you know, ’cause that’s for his family and his peoples to celebrate. But, you know, we toast it up and we salute him. He’s definitely a soldier in the game, and he’s one of the best to ever do it as well. We show that love no matter what people think,” Lil’ Cease said. “Just ’cause [there] was drama, I mean, you can’t have beef with a dead man.”
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