D-Dot, who produced on several Bad Boy Entertainment albums including The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready To Die and Life After Death, recently discussed the closeness that existed between Tupac and Biggie before their rivalry began.
"They were really close," D-Dot said in an interview with vladtv.com. "It was an industry relationship that was growing into a more outside the industry relationship...It was probably more like a teacher-student [relationship] because 'Pac was very experienced. He was already considered legendary at that time. Big was just comin' up. I wouldn't say that 'Pac sat there and gave him lessons. That's not what I'm saying. But, when you got a guy that been in it, you kind of learn vicariously through that guy without actually being told. You just take little things, apply it to what you're doin' and if he asked questions, 'Pac would answer questions...Between Puff and 'Pac, Big had some great people to show him the rope."
During the interview, D-Dot was also asked if he believed The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac would have reconciled if they both survived.
"I don't know if 'Pac would have even been down with them guys on that side of town, based on the stories I've heard, as far as what was going on with them internally," D-Dot said. "With us, we had the forgiving arms. We were ready to move on because we knew we didn't do anything. We knew we weren't a part of anything that was meant to hurt anybody physically or anything like that. If anything, we were gonna continue to have a musical competition, but that's as far as that was going to go. I think if they were alive, I think there may be a possibility you might have seen a reconciliation, maybe possibly even some collabos."
Tupac was shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, while sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle. He passed away on September 13, 1996. He was 25.
The Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 1997. He was shot multiple times, also while sitting in the passenger seat of a Chevrolet Suburban. He was 24.