God Bless the Dead

God Bless the Dead

2Pac (Ft. Stretch)

There has been much confusion about this song as 2pac and The Notorious B.I.G. were famously enemies; many 2pac fans interpret this as a sign of Shakur’s psychic abilities (either that or really weird coincidences).

This is not, however, an intimidating mock funeral for Biggie, but rather an actual memorial of one of 2Pacs friends. There was another rapper (never really made it, so really just another nigga in the struggle) who went by the name Biggy Smallz: a Thug-Life-affiliated fellow named Drik who grew up in Queensbridge with Stretch and died in the early 90s.

A legend of hip-hop culture tells that the lesser-known Biggy Smallz was the reason that the more famous Biggie Smalls changed his name to the Notorious BIG as a favor at the request of his then-friend 2pac, who was trying to keep his boy Drik from being upstaged, whereas the change to Notorious BIG was actually motivated by a law suit from the makers of the film Let’s Do It Again which featured a character named Biggie Smalls.