Most fans of the late Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. know they were good friends before become bitter foes.
Veteran producer D-Dot was around the pair while they were still friends, and in a recent interview with VladTV.com, he explained their relationship.
“They were really close,” he explained. “It was an industry relationship that was growing into a more outside the industry relationship… It was probably more like a teacher-student [relationship] because ‘Pac was very experienced. He was already considered legendary at that time. Big was just comin’ up. I wouldn’t say that ‘Pac sat there and gave him lessons. That’s not what I’m saying. But, when you got a guy that been in it, you kind of learn vicariously through that guy without actually being told. You just take little things, apply it to what you’re doin’ and if he asked questions, ‘Pac would answer questions…Between Puff and ‘Pac, Big had some great people to show him the rope.”
Later, D-Dot offered his opinion as to whether B.I.G. and Pac would’ve reconciled if they both survived.
“I don’t know if ‘Pac would have even been down with them guys on that side of town, based on the stories I’ve heard, as far as what was going on with them internally,” D-Dot said. “With us, we had the forgiving arms. We were ready to move on because we knew we didn’t do anything. We knew we weren’t a part of anything that was meant to hurt anybody physically or anything like that. If anything, we were gonna continue to have a musical competition, but that’s as far as that was going to go. I think if they were alive, I think there may be a possibility you might have seen a reconciliation, maybe possibly even some collabos.”
Unfortunately, the rap legends never got to make amends. Tupac was shot and killed in Las Vegas in September 1996, and Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles nearly a year later in March 1997.