November 7, 2013
You all may remember two of Hip-Hop’s Biggest Stars of The 90’s era, Tupac & Biggie. They grabbed the attention of many people with their hard and life struggling lyrics. Many people debate that Tupac is the best and many debate that Biggie is the best. I know you’re wondering who are these two artists? In this essay I’ll be comparing the differences and similarities between Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie” Wallace who were both male rappers and had a short but yet famous career in the mid 90’s in the music industry.
Christopher “Biggie” Wallace who was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 21, 1972 and Tupac “Makaveli” Shakur who was born on June 16, 1971, in New York, New York. Some of the similarities were that their lives were both cut short at 25 years of age. They were both born and raised in New York. They were both born and raised in poverty. They both sold drugs to become stable in their early life and they both had famous careers.
The differences between them are that Tupac was a West coast rapper and Biggie was an East coast rapper. Tupac was more poetic and respected woman a lot more than Biggie. This was known when Tupac quoted, "Because I was raised by a woman half my life, then thrown out onto the streets, it’s like I've got the woman’s side, then I've got the real rough, manly values that were forced onto me.” Tupac released a song called "Dear Mama" which showed a more genuine, reflective side of the rapper. Tupac was a better rapper lyrically than Biggie.
Biggie had a better flow to the beat than Tupac. During his early years, he opened shows for Tupac, he impressed Tupac by showing his ability to flow his rhymes right on the beat. Biggie Smalls was a drug dealer who rapped for a hobby. As an honor-roll student, he dropped out of school at 17 to work as a small-time crack cocaine dealer in his hometown of Brooklyn....