Lance "Un" Rivera Confirms Biggie's "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)" Was About 2Pac's Death
Lance “Un” Rivera says Biggie Smalls recorded “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” in memory of 2Pac.
Left: Lance "Un" Rivera attends Queen Latifah's CoverGirl Queen Collection Casting Call at BB King Blues Club & Grill January 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images), Center: Notorious B.I.G. a.k.a. Christopher Wallace at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Show (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic), Right: Tupac Shakur at Club USA, 1994. New York. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
During his conversation with VladTV, the music executive shared his thoughts on the infamous East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry that dominated the mid-'90s, and according to Rivera, 2Pac came to him in a dream after he died with lyrics that ended up on Biggie's song.
"I was sleeping, and 2Pac, I guess he came into a dream that I was having," Rivera said. "I heard some lyrics in that dream, and I told Big what those lyrics were. I said, 'Yo listen to this, I was thinking about 2Pac,' and I said, 'You're nobody until somebody kills you.'"
Rivera continued to say that Biggie had a habit of picking up things people would say around him and actually using them in a song. What Rivera said to the late Bad Boy rapper stuck with him and led to one of the standout songs on Life After Death.
"One day, I came to the studio, and he was like, 'Yo play that song for Un,' and he played that song for me, and it sent chills down my body," Rivera said. "Like it fit so perfectly, you know, at the time. It was like poetic justice in a sense, you know, where it's art imitating life when it came to [Biggie]. It's like ok, where do we go from here? [Biggie] was distraught because they never mended."
Elsewhere during his interview, Rivera explained Big had called his wife Faith Evans once he got the news that 2Pac passed away in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Biggie never wanted any harm done in his beef with Pac, and he was ultimately shook that something could possibly happen to him with how serious the coastal beef had already gotten.
Unfortunately, Biggie Smalls was killed six months after Pac's death. The Brooklyn native suffered the same fate as being shot and killed in a drive-by but this time in Los Angeles, California.