Skandalouz: When Rappers Face Character Assassinations
Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G.
Sometimes character assassinations don't say on paper, on-wax or online. Biggie and Tupac already had beef after Pac accused his former friend of being behind a near-fatal shooting in New York in 1994. But Pac turned the temperature up with his classic 1996 diss track "Hit 'Em Up" and its video, calling Biggie a "fat motherf---er" and claiming he had an affair with his wife, Faith Evans, all while a Biggie lookalike crouches on screen. Less than a year later, both rappers were dead in still unsolved shootings, and many point to this song as the tipping point that turned this beef bloody.
(Photo: Mary Evans/FILMFOUR / LAFAYETTE FILMS/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection)