Bring That Beef Back: A Revised History of Tupac and Biggie

While a prolonged era of peace has settled over rappers who hail from the East Coast and those from the West, last month the conflict, which culminated in the murders of L.A.’s Tupac Shakur and Brooklyn’s Notorious B.I.G., returned to the news. Dexter Isaac, who is serving life for an unrelated murder-for-hire, confessed to the 1994 shooting of Tupac that triggered the war. Isaac alleges that a music manager named James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond paid him $2,500 for the attack. Shortly thereafter, Rosemond was arrested on a separate charge. Are the cases about to be cracked?

Photographs: Katrina Brown/Alamy (boom box); Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection (Poetic Justice; Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images (bullet holes); Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images (Shakur mug shot); David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images (Biggie performing); Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images (Shakur performing); Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images (Evans, Shakur in white); NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images (Rap Requiem, The B.I.G. Sleep); Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images (Suge Knight); Stephen Mulcahey/Alamy (LAPD badge); Evan Agostini/Liaison/Getty Images (Biggie in black)

Bring That Beef Back: A Revised History of Tupac […]