A longstanding hip-hop debate is being settled by one of the culture’s top executives during the period.
During an interview with VladTV, Lance “Un” Rivera revealed that The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death song “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” was in honor of Tupac. According to Un, the West Coast legend came to him in a dream after he died with lyrics that ended up on Biggie’s track.
“I was sleeping, and Tupac, I guess he came into a dream that I was having,” Rivera noted. “I heard some lyrics in that dream, and I told Big what those lyrics were. I said, ‘Yo listen to this, I was thinking about Tupac,’ and I said, ‘You’re nobody until somebody kills you.'”
Rivera added that the Brooklyn legend had a habit of picking up things people would say around him and use them in a song, which is what happened in this case.
“One day, I came to the studio, and he was like, ‘Yo play that song for Un,’ and he played that song for me, and it sent chills down my body,” he said. “Like it fit so perfectly, you know, at the time. It was like poetic justice in a sense, you know, where it’s art imitating life when it came to [Biggie]. It’s like ok, where do we go from here? [Biggie] was distraught because they never mended.”