Photographer T. Eric Monroe Unveils Rare Tupac & Biggie Pic

LEGENDS & ICONS OF HIP HOP - Article By Kevin Douglas

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The legend of Biggie Smalls is once again being documented in a recent film airing on Netflix entitled “I Got A Story To Tell”.

The career of the New York rap icon is usually tail ended with the hip hop enigma of Tupac Shakur due to their infamous rivalry in the 90’s. Photographer T. Eric Monroe has a rare piece of hip hop history that he uncovered after almost two decades.

“The picture was taken in 1993,” Monroe tells HipHopDX.

“So the picture, yeah, it’s cool,” he says. “It’s 2Pac with the finger, but there’s nothing to it. I can’t do anything with it. So when I got that picture, I just put it with the rest of my slides and stored it.”

Monroe was on hand for hip hop lore during the 1990s working with The Source and Thrasher. He has documented his time and work in his books Rare & Unseen Moments of ’90s Hip Hop Vol. 1, a collector’s edition and the Broadened Exposure collection.