What Is The Significance Of Who Shot Ya?

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On May 21, 1972, Christopher Wallace was born. He grew up in Brooklyn and from a young age took on the nickname Biggie Smalls because of his six foot three and almost 400-pound frame. Biggie dropped out of school by the time he was 17 years old and began to live his life on the street, selling crack. After serving time in jail for selling drugs, Biggie made some demo recordings on a tape, which eventually reached Uptown Records producer Sean Combs. Combs signed Smalls immediately and they started making music together for Combs’s label Bad Boy Records. In 1994, Biggie came out with his first album titled Ready to Die. The album was incredibly successful and sold over four million copies. Several songs reached the top ten on the pop and R&B …show more content…
In 1994, just two months after Tupac was shot the first time, Biggie released “Who Shot Ya?” One source calls “Who Shot Ya,” “The shot heard round the world.” Biggie and Combs claimed that this song was written months before the shooting, and was meant to be an interlude for Mary J. Blige but was shut down because it was too violent. The song never directly mentions Tupac but there are several indirect references specifically the title, “Who Shot Ya.” This song was especially controversial because it was released so soon after Tupac was shot. Towards the end of the song Biggie does mention the West Coast when he says “West Coast motherfuckers…” Another indirect reference in the song is when Biggie says, “Brave nigga, turned front page nigga.” This definitely appears to be a subliminal shot at Tupac, referring to the shooting with this lyric. However, Biggie always denied that it was and it could simply be a product of poor timing. Regardless, Tupac interpreted it as an insult and reacted accordingly. As soon as Suge Knight bailed him out of jail, Tupac went on the attack at Biggie and the whole East Coast. On June 4th, 1996, Tupac released “Hit Em Up.” In “Hit Em Up” Tupac viciously insulted primarily Biggie, but also several other rappers on the East Coast. He starts off the song with a brutal insult of Biggie when he says, “That’s why I fucked your bitch you fat moterfucker.” …show more content…
Before Tupac died, he tried to organize an album including both East Coast and West Coast groups. He also made efforts to reduce the animosity between him and Biggie. In an interview with Kevin Powell, Tupac said, “Regardless of all this stuff – no matter what he say, what I say – Biggie’s still my brother. He’s Black. He’s my brother.” Tupac went on to say, “I don’t want it to be about violence. I want it to be about money.” Visibly, the beef that was said to exist was not so harsh. It was more about making money. Tupac even made amends with Nas, another rapper who he had prior issues with. At an MTV awards after party he told Nas, “Me and you, we brothers. Me and you, we aren’t supposed to ever go at it.” Tupac may have had enemies like Biggies and East Coast rappers in the songs that he created like “Hit Em Up,” but he was not actually enemies with them. If there was an issue, he made amends to deal with it. He wanted to make money and if that meant insulting other rappers in his songs than that’s what he

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