Tupac vs Biggie rivalry resurfaces in UFC 202 main event
The east coast – west coast rap music rivalry that sparked a feud between artists and fans of the opposing hip hop scenes in the early to mid-late 1990’s, resurfaced in a different form last night at UFC 202.
Focal points of the famed rap feud were East Coast-based rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (and his New York-based label, Bad Boy Records) and West Coast-based rapper Tupac Shakur (and his Los Angeles-based label, Death Row Records).
Both rappers were fatally shot following drive-by shootings by unknown assailants in 1997 and 1996, respectively.
Last night in one of the biggest UFC fights to date, a rematch between Ireland’s Conor McGregor, and Stockton, California’s, Nate Diaz, the hip hop rivalry sparked debate once again…… sort of.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor had a mixture of songs play as he made his way to the cage. The Irishman walked out to a combo of “The Foggy Dew/Hypnotize” by Sinead O’Connor/The Notorious B.I.G.
The last man to enter the octagon was Diaz who walked to the cage as “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” by west coast rapper Tupac Shakur echoed throughout the T-Mobile Arena.
As a fan, immediately I asked myself, “Was this intentional?”
Whether the fighters and the UFC purposely set out to use the two rap icons to hype of the play of east vs. west or not, it brought back memories for many. Social media users began talking about the use of the songs, and there was even some chatter about which rapper was better.