Exclusive: Derek Luke Says Notorious Film Shed New Light on East Coast-West Coast Beef.

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Danica Dow

After playing Sean "Diddy" Combs in the film Notorious, Derek Luke gained a new perspective on the East Coast-West Coast rivalry of the '90s.

Around the time of the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and his friend turned enemy 2Pac, the hip-hop community was embroiled in a major battle of the coasts. Luke says media portrayal of the rivalry was inaccurate.

"In the story and doing research I found out 'west coast east coast' was a media developed slogan. When I found out that [it] wasn't something that 'Pac and Big had discussed I was like, 'Whoa.' So that means that everybody that got hyped or emotional after that word came out had a false sense of rise because it didn't come from the people you really believed in, the people that you were really listening to."

Biggie's mom, Voletta Wallace agrees.

"I don't think there was any East Coast/West Coast feud. I feel that the media and some really annoying people took a situation and blew it out of proportion. They took a wonderful friendship and obliterated it, destroyed it."(ABC News)

Early reviews of Notorious say that the Director downplayed the fued on screen.

"The film's more interesting segments revolved around the treatment of the East Coast/West coast beef, and more specifically the Biggie/Tupac fiasco. The movie played the feud as silly and over blown and portrayed Tupac and Biggie as best friends." (The Couch Sessions)

The well documented rivalry started in the early to mid '90s.

The East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry was a feud in the early-mid 1990s between artists and fans of the East Coast and West Coast hip-hop scenes. Seeming focal points of the feud were West Coast-based rapper 2Pac (and his label, Death Row Records), and East Coast-based rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (and his label, Bad Boy Records). (Wikipedia)

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