Issue: Sept. 1996
Story Headline: Stakes Is High
Background: As the heat began to rise in the controversial East coast/West coast beef, VIBE sat down to speak with Bad Boy Entertainment frontrunners, Puff Daddy and Biggie Smalls. In another VIBE issue, more than a year before, a suspicious 2Pac made claims that he thought Puff and Big had something to do with him being shot up (Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya,” only added fuel to the suspicions.) Since his release from Riker’s Island, a vengeful 'Pac dropped his spiteful single, “Hit Em Up,” attacking the Bad Boy family and bragging that he had an affair with Biggie’s wife, singer, Faith Evans. Now it was the duo’s turn to tell their side of the story and VIBE caught it firsthand.
Puffy: "Why would I set a nigga up to get shot? If I’ma set a nigga up, which I would never do, I ain’t gonna be in the country, I’ma be in Bolivia somewhere.”
Biggie: “He ain’t mad at the niggas that shot him; he knows where they’re at. He knows who shot him. If you ask him, he knows, and everybody in the street knows, and he’s not stepping to them, because he knows that he’s not gonna get away with that shit. To me, that’s some real sucker shit. Be mad at everybody, man; don’t be using niggas as scapegoats. We know that he’s a nice guy from New York. All shit aside, Tupac is a nice, good-hearted guy.”
Puffy: “I’m ready for it to come to a head, however it gotta go down. I’m ready for it to be out my life and be over with. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I just hope it can end quick and in a positive way, because it’s gotten out of hand.”