RZA has given his say on the Tupac and Biggie Smalls debate, with the Wu-Tang rapper commenting that Shakur was the more “dangerous” of the two now-iconic artists.
Comparisons between the pair have always been rife due to their deaths being linked, and that both men emerged as the hottest rappers of their shared era. RZA’s opinion is one that holds significant weight; not only are Wu-Tang one of hip-hop’s most celebrated collectives, but he spent ample time with both of them, getting to know each rapper on a personal level.
While RZA discussed his thoughts on their work, more intriguingly, he hinted at what direction Pac was planning on going into with his career, which he implied played a part in his death.
“Then you go to Pac, once again, immaculate voice, but what Pac had, I think, was a way of touching us in all of our emotions,” RZA said on The Art of Dialogue.
He continued, “Like, Pac had the power to infuse your emotional thought, like ‘Brenda Has a Baby,’ ‘Dear Mama,’ but then he had the power to arouse the rebel in you. You know? And those two things—actually, he was probably more dangerous than Big, Notorious B.I.G.”
Concluding: “Notorious B.I.G., we could party with him, to this day we’re still…but Pac, we’re probably, going to point, he was more going into the Malcolm X of things and society fears that.”