Diddy shared a photo of better times
Unearthed Tupac material is always good business. The world has a seemingly insatiable appetite for every photo, song, scratch track or bit of trivia that they’ve never heard before. Luckily, the charismatic rapper and poet did a lot of work and went a lot of places in his short 25 years of life — and the last few months have been a boom time for previously undiscovered Tupac memorabilia and photographs.
The latest person to take a stroll down memory lane is perhaps an unlikely source for new Tupac nuggets… or at least he would be if you only ever read the headlines. Diddy just shared a photo of Tupac and Biggie together wearing Bad Boy-branded clothing, before misunderstandings and media attention turned them into cross-country rivals.
Diddy shared the photo to Instagram and recounted the vibe of the room full of legends.
“Bet y’all never saw this before! Tupac, BIGGIE, @invisiblebully_ , @lilceaseand the the Jr mafia!!” he wrote on Instagram. “STRETCH IS UP IN THERE ALSO. All in IM A BAD BOY T SHIRTS. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT THAT WAS.”
The photo is certainly more family-friendly than another recent find. Tupac’s one-time girlfriend was auctioning off a roll of film from an early ‘90s house party that she attended with Pac. In a note about how the photos came about, it’s revealed that one of the photos is Tupac in the buff.
Apparently, the rapper had a thing for dropping his pants before photos. Via the auction house:
”Taken at a house party in Marin, California in 1990, the story behind the nude photograph is that Tupac would, on occasion, drop his pants when least expected and catch his friends by surprise. On this particular night, when a friend was about to take group shot, he did it again! She told him that she was going to zoom in if he didn’t pull his pants up fast, but he just smiled at her and didn’t budge. And so, she took the picture!”
She’s looking for around $7,500 for the photos. If that’s a little too rich for your blood, take a look at the photos of Nas and Pac at a New York nightclub before the Illmatic star was known.
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The photo was discovered as part of a book on hip-hop photography and the project explained on their Instagram how they found the photo.
“On July 23, 1993 photographer Al Pereira took his camera to @djclarkkent DJ battle which is where our contact sheet begins….. later that night there was a party at a club called Amazon on the Westside Highway. Tons of people were there including a pre-#illmaticNasir Jones. I originally asked the photographer to see this contact sheet because of the well known biggie and Tupac shot and as I was looking at it I noticed a baby-faced Nas. Or as Large Professor called him at the time ‘the rapper’ Nas. So I asked the photographer ‘hey did you know you had Nas in these photos?’ and he had no idea. He just remembered a young kid in his shot. That’s why these shots were never printed. The photographer didn’t remember!”
Check out the photo up top. What do you think? Are you shocked to see Pac and Biggie together? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.