Two of hip-hop’s most legendary MCs, Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., were assassinated within six months of each other in the late 1990s. In September 1996, 2Pac was shot and died in Las Vegas, while Biggie was assassinated in Los Angeles in March 1997. Both were at the peak of their careers when they died, leaving a huge scar in the hip-hop culture that will never truly heal, but Jay-Z was there to help.

Diddy claimed that JAY-Z was able to slip in and at least carry the torch. JAY-Z was speaking about the hole 2Pac and Biggie left behind during a recent Twitter Spaces conversation honoring Biggie’s 50th birthday when Diddy joined in.

Jay-Z started the clip out by talking about Tupac and Biggie’s legacy and he huge hole it left in the music industry. He wanted to be there for the culture and pick up where they left off.

“As far as Big and ‘Pac and pushing forward that’s just me being a student of the game and loving the game and loving the culture and wanting to push the culture forward.

That was the challenge that I was faced with and that’s a void. That’s a big void. Others stepped in to fill it as well, not just myself. That’s a big void. That’s the two pillars right that. Imagine that, within a year.”

Diddy replied to affirm that Jay-Z did indeed pick up the heavy ball and run with it. He also noted how big of a fan Biggie Smalls was of Hov.

“Bro, you filled them shoes though. You came in and we definitely give thanks. You definitely came, and I just know how much Big really looked up to Jay. They looked up to each other. That is crazy you had to step into the shoes of two people. That’s all it was was those two people. They had things on lock.

Hov was coming, but it was like these two cats was just so big, and so to have all of that come on you and have that responsibility to keep this shit fly and keep the art of it going. I think Hov kept the art of it going and take where they was at and take it even higher.”

On Saturday, Biggie would have turned 50. In tribute to the late rap legend, the Empire State Building in Manhattan was lit up in red and white, with an illuminated crown spinning around its mast acting as a reminder of his “King of New York” status.

The Barclays Center in Biggie’s hometown of Brooklyn created a video montage of some of his classic songs on the oculus display over the arena’s entrance. The MTA also handed out limited edition Biggie MetroCards at three Brooklyn stations. Keep an eye on Thirsty for more updates.

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