There was a time that The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac were close.
So close, that Biggie actually wanted Pac to be his manager.
Ben Westhoff, author of the book Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Easy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap, explained the scenario during a Murder Master Music Show interview.
“People forget that Tupac was already blowing up, already a pretty big star when Biggie was just kind of getting started,” he said. “Tupac kind of took Biggie under his wing and tried to teach him everything he knew, kind of took him to school. Biggie’s career wasn’t taking off as fast as he hoped it would, and so he actually asked Tupac if he would be his manager, and Tupac said, ‘No, I think you should stick with Puffy and he’ll get you where you need to be.’”
The relationship Pac and Biggie had early on just made things more intense when they fall out.
“After he got shot, Tupac believed that Biggie knew about it in advance, knew it was going to happen,” Westhoff explained. “That made him doubly mad because he mentored Biggie so much and helped him, and he really believed that he double-crossed him.”