Will.i.am sat down for a video interview with Hip Hop Confessions to share his thoughts on the Biggie vs. 2Pac debate. While most Hip Hop fans have a preference (with the exception of Lil Yachty), the Black Eyed Pease rapper is an outlier in that he does not.
will.i.am explains how he came to that conclusion in an interview clip posted to Instagram by The Art of Dialogue:
“I am such a Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul head that I do not like 2Pac and Biggie,” he explained. “That type of music does not speak to my soul.” I like Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One, and if it is similar to 2Pac or Biggie? KRS-One is the man. Where were those two chose?
“I do not hold them up like that if it is 2Pac and Biggie. That is how I feel about Eric B. and Rakim. Do not get me wrong: 2Pac is sick. Not that I do not think he is dope. It addressed the projects. De La/Tribe is my way out of the projects. It got me out of projects while I was still in them”.
will.i.am continued his argument by describing that Rakim, De La Sul, and A Tribe Called Quest were able to do for him as a kid growing up in the Boyle Heights housing projects in Los Angeles.
will.i.am explains how the music affected his mind set
“It physically took me out of the projects, as far as being able to reach my dreams, that was my path out,” he added. “And it took me out of the projects in the sense that the worlds were painted for me while I was in the projects. It protected me while I was working on the projects. If I had loved 2Pac and Biggie when I was in the projects, I would have stayed in the projects.”
Wiz Khalifa’s views on 2Pac and Biggie are diametrically opposed to will.i.am’s. During an episode of DJ Whoo Kid’s SeriusXM show last week, the weed connoisseur explained why her prefers Biggee.
“I like Biggie because, lyrically, you could listen to Biggie’s shit today and say, ‘Wow, he really said that’. He talks about clothes and brands in a crazy way…he talks about cars and women in a crazy way.” He is just a great poet.”
“That is not to say one is better than the other,” he added. But, I really like how intricate his bars are. Pac is raw, crazy, and tough. His beat selection was wile, and his work ethic was insane, and just his attitude and everything like that, but I am definitely more on the Biggie side.”