Busta Rhymes reveals Biggie’s unreleased 2Pac diss verse during epic studio session

The untold story behind Biggie’s fiery lyrics aimed at 2Pac
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In the annals of hip-hop history, few rivalries have burned as fiercely as that between The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. Their feud, marked by lyrical jabs, subliminal shots, and tragic endings, remains etched in the collective memory of rap aficionados. But what if we told you there’s a hidden chapter in this saga—one that involves rap heavyweight Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Nas, and an ill-fated collaboration?

The studio sessions that shook the hip-hop world

Picture this: It’s the early '90s, and the hip-hop scene is ablaze with creativity. Busta Rhymes, the Brooklyn-born lyrical maestro, orchestrates a monumental studio session. His vision? To unite the lyrical prowess of Biggie, Method Man, Nas, and himself on a track that would redefine the genre. But fate had other plans.

Biggie’s elusive verse: A broken elevator and a jar of Branson bud

As the studio doors swung open, Method Man and Nas graced the mic, laying down their verses with precision. But where was Biggie? The notorious wordsmith, known for crafting his rhymes in his head rather than on paper, had missed the first two sessions due to a broken elevator. As Busta recalls,

"No Biggie. So, they were not coming on the third day."

Biggie’s creative process unfolded in the haze of Branson jars—mason jars filled with the finest bud in the hood. Bl**t after bl**t, he sat in the studio chair, sm*k* curling around him. Hours passed, and Busta couldn’t contain his curiosity.

"My ni**a, you ain’t going to do this verse? he prodded. Biggie’s response? I’m ready, Buss."

The unreleased verse: Biggie takes aim at 2Pac

As Biggie spat his bars, Busta’s ears perked up. The lyrics flowed effortlessly, but their content hit like a seismic shock.

"Diamonds on my neck, chrome drop-top/ Chillin’ on the scene, sm*k**’ pounds of green/ Oooh-wee, you see, the ugliest/ Money-hungriest, Brooklyn Loch Ness/ Nine millimeter cock test, wan fi’ test?/ And the winner is, not that thinner kid/ Bandanas, tattoos, my skin never bruise/ Land still cruise, Frank White…"

But here’s the twist: Busta was tight with 2Pac. He stood at the crossroads—release the verse and ignite the feud further, or keep the peace? His loyalty prevailed.

"I love these ni**as, man. I get to be the mediator. I can’t add fuel to this fire. I ain’t put it out."

Nas and Method Man: The missing pieces

While Biggie’s verse remained locked away, Nas and Method Man’s contributions hung in the balance. The track never saw the light of day, a casualty of tensions and unfulfilled promises. Yet, the echoes of that epic studio session reverberate through hip-hop lore.

So, next time you bump “Hypnotize” or “California Love,” remember the untold tale—the day Biggie’s words danced with fire, and Busta Rhymes chose peace over provocation. The hip-hop gods nodded, and the rest is history.