New Photo of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls Discovered.
A new and rare photograph of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls has been unearthed by photographer T. Eric Monroe.
Speaking to HipHopDX, Monroe revealed that he took the photo in 1993 when he found out a shoot with Onyx for a Thrasher article. The hip-hop group was opening for either Ice-T, Public Enemy or somebody else , so Monroe and therefore the former four-piece went right down to the stage before the performance began. “As i used to be packing my equipment away, someone from the opposite side of the stage goes, ‘Yo, come take our picture.’ I literally said, ‘Yes, give me a second.’ Then I ended up going over to the blokes who said it.
Literally just check out them, line up the image and took one picture and said many thanks then went back to the room to Onyx,” he said. “I got the film developed at some point and that i kept remembering this giant finger . I remember writing the name Tupac thereon , but I didn’t really understand who he was in 1993.”
Because of the obscene gesture within the image, the photograph was never published and Monroe set it aside. He rediscovered it in 2012 as he was rummaging through his storage, and he took a flash to carefully examine the image with a light-weight box and hand glass . “To me, it had been always a flash I knew I couldn’t publish,” he continued. “I’m watching it and searching at it — something makes me stare at it. Then I just started laughing.
i buy up from the sunshine box and can’t stop laughing. i noticed it had been Biggie and 2Pac together in 1993 wearing ‘I’m a nasty Boy’ t-shirts, which was Biggie’s label. He said that in his first song ‘Party & Bullshit.’ That was basically his catchphrase.”
He digitized the photo shortly after but didn’t publicly share the gem until a year after he unearthed it. He did a video interview with Monster Children in 2013, but there wasn’t tons of buzz solely because he wasn’t as active on social media yet. Monroe waited it out and “just wanted to let people know I’m the one who took this picture.”
The Source and Thrasher photographer ended up linking with Lil Cease who gave more information on the night that photo was taken. “I have an entire video of him talking that night and he remembers that night vividly of all of them hanging out,” Monroe confirmed. “So that’s another piece of content that i used to be ready to create and make a replacement friendship with Lil Cease who didn’t know me from Jack.
Now he features a face with a picture of a historic moment of him, Biggie and Tupac together being friends, just pure friendship. So it’s helped bridge the gaps within the story.”