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Was Ray J behind Tupac and Biggie feud? Fans decode shocking conspiracy theory

'Ray J is the perfect example of the butterfly effect his life has changed the entire world we live in,' said a fan
Notorious BIG, Ray J and Tupac Shakur (Instagram @thenotoriousbig/ @2pac/Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Notorious BIG, Ray J and Tupac Shakur (Instagram @thenotoriousbig/ @2pac/Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Tupac Shakur’s much-celebrated diss track called ‘Hit’Em Up’, which was apparently hinted towards his then friend turned arch-rival Notorious BIG aka Biggie was released on June 4, 1996, which now makes it 25 years of its release. And, to honor the occasion, a thread on Twitter ignited one of the biggest mysteries of hip-hop. How did the infamous beef between the two iconic rappers start? And who was the reason behind it?

The viral thread subtly points towards rapper and actor Ray J who was only 15 when the beef between Tupac and Biggie was at its peak. Twitter then soon went into flashback when rapper Vince Staples during a radio interview in 2015 had joined all the dots saying whatever we have loved is all somehow related to Ray J. The TV personality was then soon trending over the Internet where many social media users then got curious about the conspiracy theory.
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Who is Ray J?

Ray J, whose real name is William Ray Norwood Jr is a singer, songwriter, rapper, television personality, actor, and entrepreneur. The 40-year-old is the younger brother of actress Brandy Norwood and is the first cousin of hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg. He is best known for his appearance in Season 19 of the UK reality television programme ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and the show Moesha, where he played Dorian "D-Money" from 1999 until the show ended in 2001.

Is Ray J the reason behind the infamous beef?

The viral thread on Twitter stated, “25 years ago today Tupac drops Hit Em Up. Faith says nothing happened. Snoop’s cousin is running around Death Row. He’s only 15. He says he saw Faith sitting on Tupac’s lap in the studio. Wait a minute ain’t that...” For the unversed, Faith Evans was Biggie’s wife until the rapper died in 1997. Their turbulent marriage is considered as one of the reasons behind the rivalry of West Coast and East Coast hip-hop.

One of the reasons why Biggie and Tupac became rivals was after Tupac recorded a song with Faith called ‘Wonda Why They Call U B----h” in the studio together and sparked rumors of infidelity. Even though Faith had later denied it in her memoir, Ray J in an interview with Rhapsody as reported by Distractify had earlier confessed, he had seen the two in the studio where Evans was sitting on Tupac’s lap. “We walked in one day and Faith was sitting on Pac’s lap while Pac was writing a verse. It was like, ‘What the f--k is going on?” adding, “That was one of the craziest sights, dog. Faith was in Pac’s lap. I was like, ‘What the f--k? I know I’m not? Is that? It can’t?’ Three weeks later, ‘Hit Em Up’ came out.”

Singer Ray J attends WE tv's premiere of "Kendra On Top" and "Driven To Love" at Estrella Sunset on March 31, 2016, in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)


However, the beef first ignited between Biggie and Tupac when the latter was shot and robbed outside of his studio in 1994 and he assumed they were Biggie’s associates. The incident had occurred shortly before the release of Biggie's diss track “Who Shot Ya” which Tupac thought was pointed at him. Tupac then reverted with ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ where he suggested that he and Faith had a sexual relationship.  While the rivalry began two years ago, many think it was Ray J who led to the actual tension between Tupac and Biggie.


‘Ray J is the perfect example of the butterfly effect’

As soon as the thread went viral on Twitter, a few users supported the theory while a few did not. Speaking on the same, one said, “Ray J is the perfect example of the butterfly effect his life has changed the entire world we live in.” Another shared, “Bruh... Ray J May not have started the Pac/B.I.G beef but he brought the kerosene.” One user tweeted, “Ray J is a infinity stone confirmed” while another noted, “I’m just making the point that Tupac’s actions lead directly to his death. Whether Ray J said something or not is irrelevant in his murder.”
The next one posted, “I keep hearing how Ray J is certified in the streets and forgot this and how this connects him to death row etc. He was raised around THAT environment? Then shieeeeeettt lol he’s still cool with Suge to this day aswell.” Meanwhile, another noted, “No because ray j really ignited the beef with tupac and big like this man is a messy b**ch and i love him.” One pointed out that the beef between the two started 2 years earlier, “Their beef began nearly 2 years earlier when Tupac got shot otw to the studio session with Biggie & Diddy. Pac said himself he did in “Hit Em Up” so to say it leads to Ray J is a STRETCH!” One concluded, “Ray J starting the Tupac v. Biggie beef is very on brand for Ray J lol.”