Slow Burn: Biggie and Tupac

Season 3: Bonus Episode 7
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The King of St. James

Biggie biographer Cheo Hodari Coker talks about interviewing the rap star right before his untimely death.


Episode Notes

In this bonus episode, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson discuss Biggie’s trip to Los Angeles and the end of his life. Then we hear an interview with Cheo Hodari Coker, who wrote the biography Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.—and interviewed Biggie the day before he was shot.

Production 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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  • 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.