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September 01: Biggie & Puffy Break Their Silence (1996)

September 01, 1996 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Biggie and Puffy broke their silence in a VIBE Magazine article headlined: East vs West.

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September 01, 1996 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Biggie and Puffy broke their silence in a VIBE Magazine article headlined: East vs West. This article came at a time when 2pac’s “Hit Em Up” was in heavy rotation and Death Row Records was begging Bad Boy to play ball.

The two would go on to deny any involvement in having 2pac hit at Quad Studios a couple years prior.

"He ain’t mad at the niggas that shot him; he knows where they’re at. He knows who shot him. If you ask him, he knows, and everybody in the street knows, and he’s not stepping to them, because he knows that he’s not gonna get away with that shit. To me, that’s some real sucker shit. Be mad at everybody, man; don’t be using niggas as scapegoats. We know that he’s a nice guy from New York. All shit aside, Tupac is a nice, good-hearted guy.”
Puffy
on 1994 Quad Studios shooting

The pair went on to discuss the 1995 Atlanta shooting that left Suge’s homie Big Jake dead and the run in with Death Row at the Soul Train Awards. Puff denied any wrong doing pertaining to the shooting death of Big Jake and Biggie downplayed the Soul Train Awards incident.

Biggie would go on to say that “Who Shot Ya” was recorded before 2pac was shot in ’94. But, the looming question everybody wanted to know the answer to was whether B.I.G. was going to respond to “Hit Em Up” — to which he answered, “it don’t even make no sense to say anything.”

By the end of the interview, Puff would try to take the high route stating, I’m ready for it to be out my life and be over with. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I just hope it can end quick and in a positive way, because it’s gotten out of hand.”

Tupac seemingly responds to this interview at the tail end of “Toss It Up” where he exclaims, “Puffy, I read your little interview buddy, c’mon You still ain’t touchin us, all that peace talk / I don’t care if you kiss my ass from here to across the street boy / It’s on.”

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