Slow Burn: Biggie and Tupac

Season 3: Bonus Episode 8
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The Aftermath

Reporter Cathy Scott on what went wrong in the investigation of Tupac’s murder.

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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Hosts

  • 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.

  • Chau Tu is an associate editor at Slate Plus.

Episode Notes

In this bonus episode, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson discuss the aftermath of Biggie’s and Tupac’s deaths and the making of this season of Slow Burn. Then we hear an interview with Cathy Scott, a reporter who was covering the cops in Las Vegas when Tupac was shot and who later wrote the book The Killing of Tupac Shakur.

Production by Chau Tu.