The Biggie Vs. Tupac Quiz


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About This Quiz

Let's put the rivalry to rest and give both the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur the credit they deserve for being rap pioneers. Test your knowledge of the life and work of both artists, and as long as you try hard we won't have any beef with you.

Who was born in New York?

Yup, Pac represented the West Coast despite being a native New Yorker too.


Tupac's birth name was:

Tupac's birth name was Lesane Parish Crooks, but he was renamed a year after his birth.


Biggie's birth name was:

Unlike Pac, Biggie's stage name wasn't legally valid.


Who's parents were active members of the Black Panthers?

Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur was active in civil rights and philanthropic movements until her death in May 2016.


Biggie's parents were originally from:

Both of Biggie's parents came to New York from Jamaica.


Who excelled in the arts while in high school?

Tupac was exceptionally interested in drama, writing and poetry while at school.


Who lived in Baltimore for some of their adolescence?

Tupac briefly lived in Maryland with family.


Why was Biggie given his supersized nickname?

Biggie was reportedly called Big by the age of 10.


Who was first arrested at age 17?

Biggie was first arrested on weapons' charges.


Who had an early rap group called Strictly Dope?

So the name probably needed some work, but it's kind of cute!


Why did Biggie Smalls start recording under Notorious B.I.G.?

Another artist was already using the moniker, but our Biggie continued using "Biggie Smalls" freely still outside of album names.


Who was signed to Bad Boy Records?

Biggie was on Sean Combs' label.


Who had their first child at the age of 21?

Biggie's daughter is named T'yanna, born in 1993.


Who got their start contributing to the hip hop group Digital Underground?

In the late 80s, Pac had moved to California and begun recording with the Oakland group.


Who had a beef with the rapper E-40 that prompted a (called off) murder plot?

Big supposedly told a Canadian magazine that he didn't like E-40 at all, which prompted some folks on E-40's side to conspire for revenge.


Who was featured on a remix of a Mary J. Blige recording, which got the rapper their first song on the Billboard Hot 100 list?

"Real Love" made it to No. 7 on the chart.


Tupac had a famous tattoo etched across his abdomen. What did it say?

Pac had many tattoos, including the words "My only fear of death is coming back reincarnated."


What tattoo did Biggie have on his right arm?

The tattoo was documented on his autopsy report.


Who recorded five studio albums?

Tupac recorded five solo studio albums, to Biggie's three.


Who appeared on the Fox series "New York Undercover?"

Biggie, of course, showing his East Coast allegiances back in 1994.


Whose posthumous studio album was named "Born Again?"

"Born Again," released two years after Biggie's death, was a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings and posthumous "collaborations."


Who had a longtime affair with the rapper Lil' Kim?

Biggie and Lil' Kim carried on a lengthy romance, despite his marriage to fellow Bad Boy artist Faith Evans.


How many of Shakur's albums were released before his death?

Seven Pac albums were released after his death.


Who was shot five times (and survived) during a robbery in 1994?

The robbery would prove to be another impetus for the beef between Death Row and Bad Boy artists.


Who went to prison for sexual assault charges in 1995?

Pac was acquitted of more serious rape charges, but he was sentenced on sexual abuse charges.


Who was the first fatality: Biggie or Tupac?

Pac was shot and killed in September 1996.


Who was killed in Los Angeles?

Biggie was killed while visiting California in 1997.


Who was older at the time of their death: Biggie or Tupac?

They were both far too young, but Pac was 25 to Biggie's 24.


Who killed Tupac?

There's never been an answer to who killed Pac.


Who was charged in Biggie's death?

The crime remains unsolved.


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