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JAY-Z Was Told He ‘Filled’ 2Pac & Biggie’s Shoes By Diddy

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New York just celebrated what would have been Biggie Smalls’ 50th birthday over the weekend and Tupac Shakur has entered the world of NFT long after his passing decades ago.

The two men left a huge gap when they were murdered back in 1996 and 1997 because of their impact and influence on multiple generations.  The hip hop nation was rocked from the foundation up when news broke of their murders within six months of each other in the late 90s.

2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. have been documented and given biopics that has kept their legacy growing with new hip hop fans, but the two titans of rap has seen some men try to fill in the gap.

According to Diddy, JAY-Z helped to transition the genre post 1997. During a recent Twitter Spaces conversation celebrating Biggie’s 50th birthday, JAY-Z was talking about the hole Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls left behind when Diddy decided to give his thoughts.

“As far as Big and ‘Pac and pushing forward that’s just me being a student of the game and loving the game and loving the culture and wanting to push the culture forward,” Hov said. “That was the challenge that I was faced with and that’s a void. That’s a big void. Others stepped in to fill it as well, not just myself. That’s a big void. That’s the two pillars right that. Imagine that, within a year.”

Diddy replied, “Bro, you filled them shoes though. You came in and we definitely give thanks. You definitely came, and I just know how much Big really looked up to Jay. They looked up to each other. That is crazy you had to step into the shoes of two people. That’s all it was was those two people. They had things on lock.

“Hov was coming, but it was like these two cats was just so big, and so to have all of that come on you and have that responsibility to keep this shit fly and keep the art of it going. I think Hov kept the art of it going and take where they was at and take it even higher.”