In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop’s infamous east-west rivalry. Documentarian Nick Broomfield delves into the shootings.
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Biggie and Tupac are deeply missed. Two legendary hip hop artists arguably torn apart by Suge Knight and that bittersweet 1995 The Source Awards event. With the genre at its pinnacle but the East/West Coast rivalries driven to an impasse, the tragic seeds were sown and lines were drawn. Conflict builds character, but also enemies. Broomfield's best documentary in an otherwise variable filmmaking career.
Equal parts murder mystery and documentary, Biggie & Tupac was a highly informative (well, for me anyway) doc which also theorized who was behind the subjects' killings and why they were never caught. The archival and home movie footage was interesting and I liked how Nick Broomfield made me feel like we were going after JFK's killer as the story went on. A great watch.