The big thing everyone forgets about the Tupac and Biggie murders
They were just kids…
Over the last year I’ve watched a number of films and documentaries which have covered the lives and deaths of two of the rap worlds biggest stars. Most recently, I just finished watching ‘Unsolved’ on Netflix, which for those that don’t know is a new dramatisation on the murders of Tupac and Biggie. It focuses on the lives of the two rappers and the police force who’ve been trying to solve the case decades later – if you get time, it’s a very interesting watch.
What this post is not
Sorry to say, if you’ve come here in the hopes of discovering evidence that someone else hasn’t then you’ve come to the wrong place. What I want to focus on has nothing to do with the case and instead is a big theme that I noticed throughout everything I watched around these two iconic figures.
As I was saying
These were two massive figures in the music scene at the time, both talented artists with their own demons and fragile friendship due to what seems at the time to be a case toxic tribalism. Now we all know it has been a massive loss to the world and the music industry with the premature death of both Tupac and Biggie. We probably never got to hear their greatest work and they never had the opportunity to see how far they could really go and that’s truly sad.
But the one thing that makes me most sad and it seems that everyone forgets, is that they were just kids when they died.
Tupac was 25 when he died in 1996 and Biggie was only 24 when he died 6 months later. The story is a massive tragedy, but even more so because they were just kids, they hadn’t even really reached adulthood yet.
When I watched the Netflix show and array of other media, they all paint the same carefree and fun loving friendship between the two. You have two young boys who are just trying to find their way in the world and let their voices be heard, but they didn’t even get through the preview of what life could be.
It’s awful when anyone passes this way, but to watch the vulnerability of these two young men and wonder what could have been, maybe the saddest loss of all. Regardless of their fame or musical careers, they were denied the simple opportunity to live and experience life’s greatest joys. It can seem so easy to forget about the little things like how young they were, that they were someones son, friend, brother and even father.
It’s a constant reminder that not only is life precious, but we must not forget the little things when we encounter stories such as these. Yes they both might seemed to be living the high life, creating content and making money but they didn’t get to experience it at all.
The tale of this story is not just what the world of music lost. The story is also about two young kids who lost their lives and their opportunity to live.