A History of SoundCloud Rappers Disrespecting Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
'Pac, a rapper, actor, poet, activist, and perhaps even a prophet, is arguably the most influential artist of the culture and is the most well-known MC in the known universe 22 years after his passing. Biggie, widely considered the best to ever spit by his rap peers and knowledgeable fans alike, is firmly chiselled on hip-hop's Mt. Rushmore. But as the generation gap widens, there have been more and more instances of new artists failing to put respect on these rap icons' names.
Lil Yachty was Golden Era hip-hop fans' public enemy No. 1 after calling Big's music overrated in 2016. Lil Xan recently felt the wrath of Waka Flocka Flame and Michael Rapaport after he called 'Pac's music boring and claimed the rapper had very little clout. Most recently, Los Angeles rapper 03 Greedo reportedly lambasted Shakur in an interview with Billboard, calling the late MC at "bitch ass nigga" and questioning his street cred. And the list goes on.
Even other rappers are noticing the trend. "Every new rapper that disrespected Biggie and Pac blew up," Maryland rapper .idk. tweeted back on March 7. "Look I love the new rap I love the old rap, please nobody disrespect Big on his death date for clout. Keep opinions to yourself at the very least for today... #RIPBIG," he added two days later, on the 21st anniversary of the death of Big.
While many are of the mindset that Tupac and Big's names should be protected at all costs, XXL has complied a list of SoundCloud era rappers who have belittled the accomplishments of—or outright dissed—the rap legends.
In 2015, rapper Chris Kidd seemed to take great pleasure in creating an entire diss song about 'Pac on his track, "Message to Makaveli," where he calls out the rapper as being a hypocrite. He takes it even further than that: "If y'all ever call 'Pac the realest again/I'ma bring him back to life and kill him again." Kidd later claimed to have received death threats over the song.
Back when Lil Yachty was new to the game, he admitted he couldn't name five songs by either Tupac or Biggie Smalls. "But if I'm doing this my way and making all this money," he reasoned, "why should I do it how everybody says it's supposed to be done?"
In 2016, Lil Yachty again drew the ire of many rap fans by calling Biggie's music overrated during a sit down with Pitchfork. He later apologized in an interview with Ebro on Beats 1.
Kodak Black was really feeling himself in 2016, when he boldly announced he was superior in skill to Tupac and Biggie. A few months later, he put out the mixtape, Lil B.I.G. Pac, adding insult to injury for fans of the rap greats.
Alabama rapper Pink Bich has made a name by dissing rap legends while rapping over old-school beats and claiming the SoundCloud era's superiority. In 2017, he sent shots at Biggie and 'Pac by claiming they could never come up with a song as complex as Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang." "Lil Pump came up with a song that used two words back to back/Tupac or Biggie would have never came up with that," he rhymes.
In January 2018, XXXTentacion got type heated when he was asked about Tupac during an interview with DJ Akademiks. "I'm better than Tupac, bro," he responded, agitated. "Please don't compare me to him... please don't."
Lil Xan interviewed with Revolt TV in March 2018, and completely downplayed Tupac's impact and influence, giving the man who has murals and statues all over the world a "2" on the clout scale. He doubled down by calling 'Pac's music "boring."