Tune Talk Battles: Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G.

Willie Williams , Staff Writer

I understand that this is way out of my general area whenever it comes to music. I’m obviously more of a punk rock, grunge, and metal guy. But I definitely love everything about the 90’s, including 90’s rap music. I don’t know where it really got started for me with rap music. But once I heard about Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. I knew that I’d like them simply because I love everything about the 90’s. So let’s kick it off.

Tupac actually began to rap in high school, as most people would expect out of most big artists. Tupac was heavily influenced by pop artists and was born in Oakland with his mother. Tupac released his first album in 1991. The album was titled “2Pacalypse Now,” and from what I heard, it was pretty good. I know most people are going to correct me since I’m the punk rock kid, but I definitely know my way around rap music. Anyways, this album featured some great hit rap singles like “Young Black Male,” “Something Wicked,” “Words of Wisdom,” “Violent…” and “Soulja’s Story.” This album was actually removed from stores nationwide due to its harsh and vivid lyrics. Now from what I heard, this album sounded pretty good. But once again, you have to remember that I wouldn’t listen to this music on a daily basis. But if there weren’t a bunch of people who didn’t already listen to rap music, I’d definitely recommend this album to them.

Notorious B.I.G. released his first album in 1994 and this was actually one of B.I.G.’s biggest album of all time, “Ready to Die.” This album actually peaked at the number 15 spot on the Billboard Music charts. This album was heavily stacked with songs like “Machine Gun Funk,” “One More Chance,” “Ready to Die,” “Warning,” “Gimme the Loot,” “Things Done Changed,” “Juicy,” and “The What.” Although Tupac started off with a great album, we all have to admit here. Notorious B.I.G. revolutionized the year of 1994 with his first album. Tupac-0 B.I.G.-1

Tupac’s second album was released in 1993. I can’t actually say the title of the album on here since it’s inappropriate for the website. So if you want to look it up yourself, you can. On this album though, I can’t say I recognize any of these songs. But then again I didn’t really recognize any of the first album’s songs except for “Soulja’s Story.” The only song that I know off of this album is another one of Tupac’s biggest hits, “Keep Ya Head Up.” Anyways, on this album we also got “Holla If Ya Hear me,” “Point the Finga,” “Last Wordz,” “Stugglin’,” “Peep Game,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” and “Guess Who’s Back.”

Notorious B.I.G.’s second album came out in 1995, a year after “Ready to Die.” This album was just as good as the first for B.I.G. as he just seemed to get more and more popular in the 90’s. This album featured some popular songs like “Hypnotize,” “Kick in the Door,” “Somebody’s Gotta Die,” “Last Day,” “I Love the Dough,” “I Got A Story to Tell,” and “What’s Beef.” It was definitely difficult for me to choose between these two great albums, but I’ve finally came down to a decision and it’s a win for Tupac. Tupac was slowly rising to the top of the charts, higher than B.I.G. and B.I.G. just stayed in the same place. Tupac’s music was just simply more relatable for people. Tupac-1 B.I.G.-1

Tupac’s third album was released in 1995, “Me Against the World.” This album was even more popular than the last and now everyone was starting to really love Tupac. I felt like Tupac was beyond underrated with his first two albums. At least I believe so from what I’ve read up on him. According to what I read, Tupac wasn’t really known. Nobody really paid attention to him whenever he released his first two records. Anyways, this album brought a ton of fame to Tupac with its release. It’s got some great rap hits like, “Temptations,” “Lord Knows,” “So Many Tears,” “Heavy in the Game,” “Me Against the World,” “If I Die 2Nite,” and “So Many Tears.”

Notorious B.I.G. released next would be his last before he was killed in a drive by accident. This last album was titled “Life After Death,” ironically. This album was just bringing more and more height to B.I.G.’s career as it had some hit singles “What’s Beef?,” “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You),” “Somebody’s Gotta Die,” “Notorious Thugs,” “Playa Hater.” “The World is Filled,” and “Sky’s the Limit.” So many conspiracy theories surround this album. Obviously since this was his last album and the title is “Life After Death.” That and there’s also the fact that track one is “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).” Anyways, although this was Notorious B.I.G.’s final breakout album, Tupac’s third album was just added so much more climate on the rap industry. Tupac-2 B.I.G.-1

Tupac’s final album was “All Eyes on Me” which was released in 1996 and was the first rap album to ever be released on a double disk. This album revolutionized rap music forever and everybody who knows rap really knows this album. This album went Quintuple Platinum within its first year of release and sold over 10 million copies. This album features all of Tupac’s biggest hits like “No More Pain,” “Heartz of Men,” “Got My Mind Made Up,” “Life Goes on,” “Tradin War Stories,” “California Love,” “and “Only God Can Judge Me.”

I know that I’m out of albums for Notorious B.I.G.’s albums, but even if I had anymore of Notorious’s albums left, we all know that Tupac’s final album revolutionized the rap industry. So in the end. Everyone should know that Tupac was better than Biggie. Final: Tupac-3 B.I.G.-1