Slow Burn: Biggie and Tupac

Season 3: Bonus Episode 1
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The Two Sides of Tupac

Lawyer Shawn Holley discusses what it was like to defend Tupac.


Episode Notes

In this first bonus episode of Slow Burn Season 3, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson discuss the making of this new season. Then we hear an interview with Shawn Holley, who was one of Tupac’s many attorneys in the 1990s, about what it was like to work for and know the rapper. She also worked with Johnnie Cochran on the O.J. Simpson trial.

This bonus episode was produced by Chau Tu.

About the Show

In its first two seasons, Slow Burn looked back at two of the biggest stories of the late 20th century—the Watergate scandal and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Season three tackles another: the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. 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?

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  • Chau Tu is the editor of Slate Plus.

  • Joel Anderson is a staff writer at Slate and the host of Season 3 of Slow Burn. Previously, he worked as a reporter on sports, culture, and politics for ESPN and BuzzFeed News.

  • Christopher Johnson is the producer of Slow Burn.