Faith Evans, the former wife of The Notorious B.I.G., has shed light on the East Coast–West Coast Hip Hop rivalry of the mid-90s, emphasizing that Biggie wasn’t as offensive as many believe.
During the peak of the beef between Biggie and 2Pac, Faith Evans’ relationship with the rapper was deteriorating. This tension escalated when she collaborated with 2Pac on a song and was even photographed alongside him, sparking rumors of an affair.
2Pac intensified the feud with his diss track “Hit ‘Em Up,” where he claimed, “I fucked your bitch, you fat muthafucka.”
In a recent appearance on Marriage or Mirage, Faith Evans clarified her role in the situation and some of the surrounding details.
“I didn’t know ‘Pac was signed to Death Row, y’know what I’m sayin? Or I never would’ve agreed to do a song with him,” she began. “When I went to the studio with ‘Pac, when I met him, he said: ‘I wanna do a song with you.’ I told Big, he said: ‘D’you wanna do it?’ I said: ‘Yeah, if he got the money.’”
She realized something was off when she saw many people from the Death Row team at her recording session, even though she wasn’t fully aware of the conflict.
“I didn’t hide anything,” she clarified. “I told my husband.”
Faith Evans also expressed her love and admiration for her late husband, The Notorious B.I.G., emphasizing his honesty and authenticity. Despite not always knowing what was happening, she appreciated Biggie’s truthfulness when she asked him questions.
The couple met at a promotional photoshoot for Bad Boy Records in 1994 and married just eight days later, despite their whirlwind romance. The Notorious B.I.G. passed away on March 9, 1997, leaving behind Faith Evans and their son, CJ Wallace.