2Pac wanted Biggie Smalls to join his Thug Life crew
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2Pac wanted Biggie Smalls to join his Thug Life crew

The feud Between Biggie Smalls and 2Pac was destructive. It raged on for many years and ultimately culminated in their murders. However, before the attempted murder of 2Pac in 1994, the two artists were friends. However, few know they were so close that 2Pac (real name Tupac Shakur) wanted Biggie Smalls to join his crew, Thug Life.

In an interview for the Art of Dialogue podcast, Shakur’s close friend and former Thug Life member, Macadoshis, explained how the two legendary artists wanted to join forces.

Recalling the first time the crew met Biggie Smalls (real name Christopher Wallace), Macadoshis revealed, “We went tour, and we was doing the Thug Life tour. We started out at Jack the Rapper, and ‘Pac actually brought Big up to the room. We was staying at the Marriott Marquis, and Biggie came up to the room, and he was hella cool, bro.”

He continued, “I remember him being like, real down to Earth. He kicked it with everybody, smoked a blunt with him, and we was just chilling with him.” Macadoshis highlighted how, during this period, the crew were working on their 1994 album Thug Life: Volume 1. Prior to Shakur’s Manhattan shooting, the collective consisted of 2Pac, Big Syke, Mopreme, Stretch, Macadoshis, and The Rated R.

In 1994, Wallace was finishing up Ready To Die. Elaborating on this, Macadoshis explained, “We was moving forward with the Thug Life album at the same time Big was with Puff. So, it was not a conflict of interest, but I don’t feel like Puff was tryna let Biggie really come over there and do no Thug Life shit at the time while he was working with him.”

According to Macadoshis (real name Dirion Rivers), Diddy was the reason Wallace never became part of Thug Life, divulging, “He wanted to be the first to break him and bring him out. He only had ‘Party and Bullshit’ out during that time. So I think that’s what really kinda held it up.”

If Diddy had not held Biggie back, he might have joined Thug Life and been part of a dynamic duo alongside 2Pac. However, it most definitely did not work out that way in the end. You can watch Rivers’ art Of Dialogue interview below.