Notorious B.I.G. Speaks on 2pac Beef in Unreleased 1996 Interview

Today marks the 15th anniversary since the death of the Notorious B.I.G., and hip-hop is paying tribute.

In concert with XXL‘s March Biggie tribute issue, which was dedicated to the memory of the Brooklyn MC, has been commemorating the life of the legend over the last few weeks, and ranked his 50 best verses earlier today. To add to the celebration,radio personality Angie Martinez released audio of an interview she did with Biggie in 1996, where he spoke about issues with 2Pac and the West Coast [Listen below].

“I look at it like this: them guys, they doing what they wanna do,” the rapper told the Hot 97 host. “I can’t never stop nobody, can’t knock nobody hustle. They feel like they can come into it dissing Big and dissing Puff and doing they little thing. If that’s what they choose to do, that’s what they choose to do. Only thing I gotta do is feed [my daughter] Tianna and take care of Ms. Wallace. That’s my only job. I’m making music for the people. If y’all love the music, y’all gonna buy the music.”

He went on to dismiss the notion of being involved in a feud with Pac and other West Coast artists.

“But please, all you MCs out there, all you fans out there, don’t think Big gonna make a record dissing 2Pac or the West Coast because it’s not going down like that,” he continued. “I cant even see me wasting my time or my talent to disrespect another Black man. He do his thing; I’ma continue to make my joints. I put a dent up in this joint. That’s how I’ma prove myself this year. I’ma make a whole tight album without saying anything about the West or 2Pac or Suge or Dre. They do they thing, and I’ma do my thing. If it’s ever a confrontation between the two, we gonna handle that when we see each other. But, as far as musically, I’m coolin’.”

Earlier in the brief interview, Big also spoke on the Junior Mafia “Get Money” video.

“It’s just a video; ain’t nobody got no time to make no diss on nobody,” he said. “’96 is the year of love. We all need to pull together. All that whole extra—people just be watching TV and get soaked up into everything. Rumors.” —Adam Fleischer

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  • Live1ne

    I fuck with Pac and B.I.G. but just to keep it real for a sec. . .B.I.G. was the KING of the subliminal diss lol.

    • SC

      I agree… everyone says BIG never dissed Pac but he did you just have to listen carefully

  • Roc987

    I was into Pac heavy when all the East/West drama was going on but I’ve really grown to appreciate B.I.G. over the years. I began to respect his prespective more as I grew up and found how people hate you for no other reason than you’re where they want to be. There was never a reason for him to respond because he didn’t need to. The music spoke for itself. The fact that most of his catalog still sounds fresh today in 2012 is amazing. Dude kept it G until the end. R.I.P.

  • Khan

    Yeah, people can front all day, as much as I respect B.I.G he did the subliminal diss very well.

  • taz

    big is th3 b3st rapper alive nigga rest in piece my g

  • oskamadison

    If I’m not mistaken, didn’t Biggie go extra hard at ol’ boy on the original version of “Long Kiss Goodnight”, so hard that they made him change his verses? Also, there’s an unreleased joint that he originally did with J Dilla that became “Dangerous MC’s” from the Born Again album. He had some words for Mr. Shakur on that joint too.

  • Brian

    To me 2pac all the way for life. Real recognize real. T.I.P( Thug In Peace) biggie smalls gone but not forgotten.

    • jake

      fuck you suck my dick 2pac

  • jake

    your you mother fuckers like 2pac and bigge they suck me off befor and there shit dogz .. i rape 2pac in jail i kill 2pac ..west side yamba mish 2012 outlaws yamba thugz well kill you cuntz

  • stretch

    Dis one’s 4 Jake. Yea, right, buoy, U just a punk N’ U always gonna B a punk. For real,
    Jake, U lame lil’ nigga, both Pac N’ Biggie would bitch slap U N’ Ur punk ass crew, trust me on dat one. I knew both personally. Remember this: We Thug life ridaz west side Outlawz til’ we die, muthafucka. So, if U want beef? C’mon then son, U bring it buoy cuz we ain’t hard 2 find.