Investigative podcast, Slow Burn, returns for a third season focusing on the murders of Tupac and Biggie.
Slow Burn, presented on the podcast network Slate, is back by popular demand. First airing in November 2017, the podcast aims to cover the biggest stories of the last 50 years. Previously, Slow Burn has covered the Watergate scandal and the Impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Season three investigates how two friends became sworn enemies through a mix of music and the streets. The first episode of Slow Burn, ‘Against the World’, explores this friendship, with the two rappers attending parties and kicking back together. This was until an ambush of Tupac at Quad Studios, where The Notorious B.I.G was working on a project.
Although no evidence links the Brooklyn rapper, Tupac convinced himself that Biggie had prior knowledge of the ambush. Consequently, this event severed the friendship of two of the greatest rappers to grace the planet.
Tupac and Biggie would both release songs that took aim at each other. With Tupac’s blunt and disrespectful ‘Hit Em Up‘ still lives as one the greatest diss songs of all time. spoke about Biggie and his label. Many believe that Biggie’s ‘Who Shot Ya’ which was released after Tupac was shot in New York was a direct aim at Tupac.
Slow Burn season 3 host Joel Anderson
Being a fan of college football, working for ESPN was the ideal dream job for Joel Anderson. Joel first started his career working for The Times, covering local high school football games and government for Shreveport City.
Along with working for ESPN, Joel also adds Buzzfeed, and Atlanta Journal Constitution to his resume. He now works for Slate. Speaking to Shreveport Times, Joel cherishes the early days spent in Shreveport. “I reminisce all the time about the days when I was working in the newsroom. Being there on Friday nights (in football season.) I learned so much when I was there. Learned how to be a better journalist while I was there. I will forever be grateful to Shreveport. I never let anybody talk bad about Shreveport because it’s one of my favorite places.”
Initially Joel did not really think he would ever leave ESPN, but when the project was brought up to him, he gave it some thought.
Difference between the Slow Burn Tupac and Biggie podcast episode
Both Tupac and Biggie were gunned down within six months of each other. Twenty plus years on and both murders remain unsolved. Host Joel Anderson sees this as a problem that goes beyond Tupac and Biggie. “You have two guys. Two of the brightest stars to emerge out of the hip-hop era in that time, and they’re gone, just like that,” Anderson says. “And if those two guys can get killed and nothing can happen, then what does that say for the rest of us? As you see, it’s not like we’ve been able to solve that problem.”
For over two decades the Biggie and Tupac story has been told via multiple documentaries, books, movies, and countless interviews from anyone and everyone that knew them. Slow Burn is focusing on something new, which looks into their connection before they became revivals. Host Joel tell The Times, “They don’t talk about this moment or how these two guys were connected to each other. Even though it is daunting and you look at all of the material that’s out there, but nothing has really pulled all of this together or not much has pulled all of this together. I began to think about doing that.”
Slow Burn On Law Enforcement & Hip Hop
Episode two, titled ‘Cops on My Tail’, explores ’90s rap lyrics and how police claimed them responsible for violence against them and the law. It’s no secret that Hip Hop in essence is the voice for the voiceless. The voice of those who for example have been affected by police brutality.
In the case of Tupac’s lyrics about law enforcement, the young rapper is coming from the perspective of himself, from real experiences. In 1991, he would suffer a brutal and savage attack at the hands of the Oakland police department. After the police stopped Tupac for jaywalking, they slammed him to the ground and repeatedly beat.
Listen To Tupac & Biggie Podcast Episode By Slow Burn article is co-written by Vegas.