Did the late B.I.G. secretly want to be managed by the late 2Pac Shakur? According to music author Ben Westoff, that was the case. In his new book, Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap, he writes about 2Pac already having fame when Biggie was still trying to establish himself as an artist.
In an interview, Ben elaborates that Biggie had lots of respect for 2Pac and actually asked if the West Coast rapper could be his manager.
At the time, Biggie was managed by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.
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.’
In the book, the author claims that Pac believed that Big knew that he was going to get shot outside of a New York City recording studio.
After he got shot, Tupac believed that Biggie knew about it in advance, knew it was going to happen. That made him doubly mad because he mentored Biggie so much and helped him, and he really believed that he double-crossed him.”
Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap will be available in September.