“Slow Burn” Season 3 To Investigate The Murders Of Tupac & Biggie
Slow Burn is an original production of Slate where the team behind the investigative podcast got a new direction for their third season. From “Watergate” and Bill Clinton’s impeachment to maybe one of the biggest mystery in the past 20 years: the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.
With two episodes out, Slow Burn digs from the deep, the start of the story, which will later determine the East Coast-West Coast war.
Slate’s description of the Slow Burn podcast come out like this:
“The story takes place at a moment when hip-hop was taking over pop culture, and a former theater kid from the Bay Area and a one-time crack dealer from Brooklyn were changing the music forever. They went from friends to enemies. And they ended up victims of a deadly rivalry between two rap scenes.”
“How is it that two of the most famous performers in the world were murdered within a year of each other—and their killings were never solved?” a good question isn’t it?
In their heyday, Tupac and “Biggie” were at the center of a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers. Tupac was killed in September 1996 in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting, and although there have been multiple police and journalistic investigations, no one was ever convicted for the crime.
Six months later, The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in Los Angeles, and his murder also went unsolved. Naturally, rumors have swirled about a potential connection between each rapper’s death and their legendary feud.
Slow Burn has set a strong precedent of diving past surface level on its subjects, and season three is no exception. “We had a sense of what generally animated the beef, but we didn’t know the stories underneath that,” season three host Joel Anderson says. “So that’s what we’re trying to do with this podcast — talking to people that were there at the time, figuring out all these lovely little relationships and incidents that led up to their deaths.”
You can find all episodes of the show here