Wax figures of murdered rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. are being posed together at Madame Tussauds in Washington DC begining today, which would have been Pac's 39th birthday, had he lived.
Tupac was 25 and Biggie 24 when the rappers were gunned down in separate drive-by shootings in 1996 and 1997, respectively. The two artists were once close friends, but a rivalry that escalated between the two after Pac survived a shooting in the lobby of a New York studio was not resolved before Pac's murder in Las Vegas. Madame Tussauds released a statement today announcing the exhibit:
“Tupac and Biggie are widely recognized as two of the greatest hip-hop artists and rappers of all time. Their influence on and absence from the hip-hop community can still be felt today — more than a decade after their tragic deaths. At Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., their figures will be displayed together for the first time in the attraction’s Glamour Room."Biggie's wax statue is on loan from the New York branch of Madame Tussauds, and is expected to chill in DC for three months. Below is a clip of one of Pac's most enduring tracks, "Changes."