E-40 Says He Gave Notorious B.I.G. ‘A Pass’ During One Visit To The Bay

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By: Vibe / March 2, 2010

In the 2007 DVD, “Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger than Life,” B.I.G.’s former manager Larry Burns detailed an incident in the ’90s when he and the rapper ran into some problems while doing a show in Sacramento.

According to the DVD, Biggie had previously said, publicly, that he wasn’t feeling rapper E-40 and/or his music, rating him a “0” on a 1 to 10 scale.

Well, during a reenactment in the film, Burns detailed a night when he and Biggie almost didn’t make it out of the city alive, simply because of his statements toward the Bay Area legend.

In a recent interview with Rude Jude and Lord Sear’s Sirius/XM show, The All Out Show, E-40 was asked about the situation, where he explained that he gave B.I.G. “a pass” that night.

“Biggie, back in the days, had said something in a magazine in Canada. He was talking about Spice 1. From a scale of 1-10, he would say, ‘Spice 1 [is] a 2. E-40 [is] a 0. I hate that dude.’ Like, what? Bruh, you ain’t ever even met me. Why you hate me?” 40 said in the radio interview, according to HipHopDX.com.

“The way it went down, he came down to Sacramento and just put it this way, I gave him a pass. We talked and after that some things went down. I gave him a pass.”

In the 2007 film, Burns says he and Biggie were leaving a show in Sacramento after a disappointing turnout. As they were stepping into the venue’s parking lot, they saw several men retrieving firearms from their trunks. Those men eventually confronted Burns, while Biggie hopped in his limo, explaining they were to offer some payback for Biggie’s statement about E-40.

Long story short, a phone call was made, Biggie and 40 got on the phone, hashed out their differences, and the goons were told to back off. They even escorted B.I.G to his hotel and made sure he was safe during his stay in Sacramento.

Despite the nearly deadly incident, 40 says he and B.I.G. worked out their problems and were cool before he passed away in 1997. He even claims the New York rapper wanted him for a guest appearance on Life After Death, but the collaboration never formalized.

“Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger than Life” is available at Amazon.com for $14.98.

Watch the clip from the DVD below: