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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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