Published on 08-18-2014 09:53 AM
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Nearly two decades after a coastal feud that left the late great Notorious B.I.G. dead, the Beastie Boys' Mike D is still trying to make sense of it. "It still boggles my mind," he told Vanity Fair in the interview below. "It escalated so fast." Looking back on the scenario, Mike D praised Biggie Smalls' talent, calling him a "seminal rapper," and referred to Tupac Shakur as somewhat of a mystery man, referencing how he had a performing arts school background and had come up through lighthearted party rappers Digital Underground. "Yeah, he was 'Thug Life' and everything, but he was more of an artistic kid," the Beastie Boy said. "But basically he was so determined to be authentic, it ultimately killed him, which is a sad and tragic thing."